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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Our new idea of camping
This photo of me in our hybrid Cub camper at Lake Carlyle, Illinois evokes many wonderful memories. A few minutes ago I shed happy tears as my son hitched it up and pulled it out of our driveway. I know that he and his wife and their two children 2 & 8 will enjoy it for many years to come. That camper has provided climate controlled shelter for us when we vacationed in Florida and elsewhere, but two weeks in a camper is too much for us. It's not like we'll never go to the campground or on family outings again. It just means when night falls, we'll retire from the campfire to the nearest motel. Everyone is happy.
Posted by Linda O'Connell at 5:26 PM
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Your new plan sounds divine to me! Hubby wants to START what you are finishing. I am not for it and not sure how I/we will handle this new hurdle in life--or if it will even come to pass.
Years ago we had a little pull camper his folks gave us--would not turn loose of it until it was ready for salvage yard. Pulling it 80 miles back to here was nightmare and only the beginning. After parking it in the front yard, he asked what I thought we should do with it. I suggested backing it up to highest mountain we could find and pushing it over the edge. Alas, he rebuilt it and we camped with children and dogs and etc. The rest is a story for another day; I can not bear the memories right now! :)
Yeah...I always wanted to be a nature girl, but my idea of camping is a night at the Marriott. LOL Unless its the beach...that's a different story. The beach at night, moon on the water, cold sand, bonfire...aaahhhh.....one of these days I have to write about our trips to Cape Cod when I was a kid. Some of my best memories took place hunting up steamers and trying to beat the seagulls to the oysters when the tide went out.
Great post and 2 great comments! Is there a Chicken Soup for the Camper's Soul?? If not, there SHOULD be! There must be thousands of great camping/RVing stories out there! I'm with you, Lisa...my idea of camping is either in an air conditioned hotel, or RV!! No tents, bugs, etc. for me!!
Well, your comments make me realize I am in for a treat or retreat as opposed to restless nights on a foam mattress with an airconditioner buzzing overhead, and a noisy motor on the toilet that allowed everyone to know when someone flushed. I love the great outdoors. I am looking at this as another phase in my life.
There's definitely something to be said for beds, showers, electric heat/cooling, and (best of all) flush toilets!
Pat, This camper had all the amenities, even a shower, and flush toilet, but it was too small. Truth be told, we couldn't get away from one another. He likes blaring TV; I like quiet reading/writing time.
Linda - I just love this picture of you. You look how I feel when I'm reading a good book; Relaxed, content, happy, ahhh.... ; )
I agree with Beth! You look simply adorable in that picture, Linda! Happy, relaxed...all those wonderful words that usually mean "vacation"! You should use that picture for your Main Photo on this blog! Or crop it a little... :)
Such a cute picture of you! I used to like to stay in my friend Pam's camper as a teen. I spent a whole summer in it, hiding away from my family! They can be quite homey...
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