We have always camped and as the weather warms up, we are looking forward to the 2016 season. In the day we tented and it was fine until the night in Yellowstone Park. We arrived on a beautiful warm day and set up. There was time for a walk and as we were admiring the lake, we asked a warden if it was a good place to swim.
He said, "I guess. The water's only 40 degrees." That was Fahrenheit, just 8 small degrees above freezing. We didn't catch on. The night, we tossed and turned and tried to get to sleep in the biting cold which our thin sleeping bags were no match for. If you turned to one side, the other side was too cold. By morning, we hadn't slept and even our young bones ached. We packed up, noticed the water frozen in a pot we'd left out, and waited with the car heater blasting for the restaurant to open. Call us chicken but we didn't tent again that trip. We headed home and that night had a cozy sleep in a hotel in Helena, Montana.
Camping evolved. We next ventured forth in a Bonair tent trailer, the smallest they made. It had an ice box and, of course, a propane stove. Cold was a deciding factor again. The August our daughter was 21/2 years old, we spent some uncomfortable times in the tent trailer. It was okay for adults but not so great for a little kid. The year our son was born we "upgraded" to a truck camper. We had great times in it; it didn't need hookups like electricity at all. There was nothing but the fridge that we ran on propane. There was a furnace.
By the time we had a small fifth wheel trailer, the kids had left but it served us well for 17 years. Then we lived in it in Edmonton while my husband took 37 radiation treatments. We were almost at the stage of chasing one another about the campsite with machetes, when I thought he might enjoy "looking" at the new trailers.
Looking turned out to be buying and we now have an "entry level" fifth wheel trailer. They've evolved, too. At 26 feet, this is the smallest model. It features microwave, fridge, stove, and tv. It isn't really camping but it's nice to have some of the amenities now that we're, ahem, older. Glamping, it is.
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