“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die,
discover that I had not lived.”
— Henry David Thoreau
The seed for our life-long love of camping was planted in our university days. The first summer of our marriage, James spent two months in a tent in the Colorado Rockies mapping the complex mountain geology. That same summer, Terri also spent a month living under canvas and teaching at a Special Education Camp. When each of us returned home, we carried a new, deep-seated appreciation for nature and the great outdoors.
At the time, like most young couples, we had considerably more time than money. So tent camping was a way to travel on a budget. And even though we didn’t realize it at the time, this is when the travel bug began pleasantly nibbling on the backs of our necks.
As the years passed our camping evolved from quick, weekend escapes to a five-month coast-to-coast odyssey. We’ve blissfully dropped off to sleep by mountain streams, hunkered down through violent hailstorms, watched meteor showers, and even had horny buffalo in our camp. Tent camping – comfortable? Not always. Memorable? Absolutely.
So, the next chapter of the Gallivance camping experience opened a few years ago. We’ve always been small footprint, low impact campers, and we like to keep things simple. But with each passing year, the ground got a little harder, and our bodies complained a bit more. We still loved the sensation of sleeping in a tent, so we found a great solution – put the tent on wheels.
Our inside joke is that we can talk things to death, but once we have solid information, neither of us is indecisive. So we took out the purchase-decision sieve, tossed in preferences, priorities, and budget constraints, and what popped out the bottom was a tiny, one-bed popup camper which weighs in at an ultra-svelte 625 pounds. Now we sleep above the cold, cruel ground, and our joints and various parts couldn’t be happier.
Adios from two Happy Campers,
James & Terri
Originally published Aug 5, 2013