Years back we used to go camping. When Tristan was young we bought a very old pop-up camper - just to see if we would like going. Both Doug and I had camped with our families when we were growing up and remembered enjoying it.
Tristan loved it. This must be when he was about 13 years old thinking back. We would go to Manatee Springs and play in the water, grill out, walk around and scope out campsites to ask for next time we went. He rode his bike and swam, we played games in the camper at night and sat by a campfire other nights. It was a blast.
Then we traded the "test-run" pop-up for a new one. That was okay, it had a problem with the A/C leaking on the table but the trips to Manatee and St. George Island were fun. (For what it's worth, I wish I had thought of videoing the leak because Camping World never could duplicate that in the shop).
Next camper was a 27 foot Sunnybrook and that was sooooo nice! In this photo we had it set up at St. George Island. When the weather cooperated we could leave a window open and hear the sounds of the Gulf waters.
We spent one Thanksgiving at St. George Island park and it was a good deal of fun. We were all surprised at how full the campground was, thinking for Thanksgiving it wouldn't be very popular. What a great tradition - I would love to do that again.
Sadly, we are bad about balancing recreational pursuits and so, once a motorcycle was acquired, we pretty much abandoned camping to go riding every weekend. Eventually we sold the Sunnybrook.
We still enjoy taking the Harley out for weekend rides but as retirement approaches, we have started thinking about long camping trips and seeing more of the U.S. This took us over to Camping World last Sunday to nose around.
Check out this small camper called Hummingbird. It's not huge and weighs little enough that it could be pulled with a Ford Expedition or Chevy Tahoe. The SUV idea is better than a truck as Doug will bring his telescope and there wouldn't be room for that equipment and us in the Hummingbird.
We have not bought anything yet. We are thinking this through and of course, we have to consider Aja. Both shibas liked to camp when we had the Sunnybrook but there isn't too much room in the Hummingbird. Lots to think about. If my lottery ticket comes up a winner this Friday then maybe we can accommodate our latest dream.
If anyone reading is a camper could you tell me some good campgrounds in the northern part of Texas or New Mexico? :-) I am starting a list of places already.
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