As school concludes and the Summer gets rolling, several people will be rolling down the highway visiting the nation’s favorite campsites. That gets me to thinking about my summer plans that more than likely will be abnormal in that I probably won’t be camping.
I’ve never been accused of being outdoorsy by any means. I am much more of a homebody and enjoy the creature comforts of air conditioning in the Spring & Summer, and some heat in the Winter. But that’s not to say the outdoors never appeal to me.
Obviously, I enjoy the outdoors watching baseball games in person, and if you followed any of my social media I enjoyed the outdoors areas surrounded by trees, water, and dirt. Given those are palm trees, salt water, and sand but those still count right? I also grew up in a hand-built cabin the first 13 years of my life in Paoli surrounded by woods and the wildlife contained therein. But as I’ve gotten older and my metabolism has slowed down I like being inside more.
Having said all this about being inside, there’s still some innate sense about being in the outdoors and camping. I know lots of friends and family that have their fifth-wheel and pop-up trailer style RVs and camp at the local state parks as well as treks to state parks within a day’s drive. I can appreciate that as a valid means of camping.
I’ve camped once in a tent in the middle of summer, and that’s probably the first and last time that I’d camp like that. Burning up during the day and freezing at night just doesn’t seem all that much fun once you’ve tried it.
I’ve even entertained the thought that it might be neat to have my own RV trailer from Airstream® since I like their classic look, but then I remember I have no experience driving a trailer. Let’s face it, I struggle with reverse anyways, flipping the direction of reversing by adding a trailer is a recipe for disaster. Driving a Class-A Coach RV is out too since that’s way too much vehicle to try and handle. If I had the $50K+ maybe, I’d get a Class-C Coach RV. But, I think I’d like to try camping in someone else’s trailer or coach before I throw down any money on a project like that.
Right now I’m content if somebody invites me to go camping in their RV to go along and shoot the breeze around the campfire while eating s’mores and maybe an adult beverage while I pretend to be Davey Crocket or Daniel Boone. Thankfully, all that pretending is only for about a weekend and I can go back home and be Mr. Homebody that I usually am. That’s what makes me a happy camper.
Do you ever camp or would you like to camp and don’t? Why or why not?