Gonna do it this week....

Monday, November 18, 2013

Gonna do it this week, haven't done it in 23 years. Still had most of the equipment, upgraded other pieces. Still in gathering and planning mode, some packing done.

In August the DD and SIL bought a gently used 5th wheel toy hauler and a used diesel truck. They had purchased dirt bikes earlier in the year and realized that hotels bills and eating out on the weekends when they would go riding would start to add up. They've been camping at least twice a month since then. Pretty rough when you have 39ft. rig with refrig, stove, mircrowave, bathroom and 3 flat screens. The unit sleeps 10 and we camped one night with them so far. This is so different from when my family camped when I was younger. There were 7 of us in a Dodge short van (1967) that was converted to a camper and we traveled to California from Wisconsin for a 2 week trip.

We talked about traveling and tent camping. DD wanted us to get a class C, but can't see buying and insuring that when another type of vehicle would work better - a Dodge Grand Caravan.

Soooo, we hauled out the tent, checked the equipment we still had. I bought a new room heater that has an auto shutoff if tipped, a digital thermostat that you can set and a timer for 1, 2, 4 and 8 hours. Our 37 year old canvas tent is in good enough shape, some of the window screening has split but I don't think we will need a breeze. Checked online for camp set-up ideas and found some good ones on Pinterest.

Checked and washed the sleeping bags, made sure the air mattress still held air. Our dishes are antique Tupperware in the glorious colors of: yellow, green, orange and brown.

We are traveling of a sort. A whopping 12 miles to a State Park near us. This is our first camping trip in 23 years!!! Tenting in November!! I had wanted to go to the SW corner of the state where the temps might be a bit warmer. We decided that for our "shakedown" trip we should try someplace closer to home in case we forgot something. I have lists and will add to them additional items we would need.

Should be interesting. DH has a small boat so he can fish. No Wi-Fi there, too difficult to do on my basic cell phone, so I might have to go into the nearby town (3 miles away) to Spark.
The park has many walking trails so I might get some exercise. Taking a deck of cards and the Hoyle book of card games, books and my cross-stitch. Lots of relaxing.

Cooking will be the challenge! Used to do hot dogs, hamburgers, and marshmallows. Now going to take juices, fresh veggies, frozen homemade soup, some prepared and frozen turkey, boiled eggs, oatmeal and fruit. If DH catches any fish, we can "bake" them over the camp fire.

Looking forward to this adventure. If it works out, we might try a trip next year and use the van to sleep in for the one nights stops.

Keep on Sparkin'

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