It took me awhile to jump on the bandwagon, but I finally did. Glamping.
I pulled out my Glamping with MaryJane book and studied every page. Again.
MaryJane’s Glamping book is THE book. A classic! It is full of great advice and lots of inspiration.
I started thinking about a camper because the ground has gotten harder as I’ve gotten older. And my little tent has gotten smaller as my daughter has grown. I would also like to go camping more often. So, this year we graduated to a tiny camper!
We took her out on her maiden voyage this past weekend. I made reservations ages ago, just knowing I’d have a camper by the time I needed it. After school on Friday, we headed up the Blue Ridge Parkway to our camp site. It was a fantastic site. Now, one reason I picked this particular site is that it is a “pull through.” I doubted I could “back-in” (the other type of camp site available).
Look at this great site. It was the best one in the campground!
The steps lead down to the firepit and the picnic table.
These steps are on the other side of that big rock.
I just think this spot was IDEAL.
Here is the path to the bath house. Lovely!
We didn’t even get unloaded before…
RAIN! RAIN! LOTS OF RAIN!
We had fish tacos for dinner. Thank goodness for this camping stove! I picked it up on the clearance aisle just the other day. A bargain at $35!
So here’s what you do for Camping Fish Tacos. Bring frozen tilapia fillets in your cooler, a soft taco kit, shredded cabbage, and a Mexican layer dip from the deli (you know, with beans, sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes and black olives.) Head the iron skillet with a generous amount of olive oil. Flip when brown on one side. Then chop up in large chunks. Add taco seasonings. And you’re done! Thank goodness it was so fast. I got the stove fired up before the big storm came. It was ONLY raining at this point. But I still got soaking wet!
My clothes, my hair. Everything. Dripping wet.
Now this camper is only 10 feet long, so there’s not much space for anything. Including wet clothes and muddy shoes. I’m not sure what folks do about that when they’re camping. We just waded our wet things up and put them in a trash bag and put on our pjs. And then a bit later I looked for my other pair of shoes. Whoops. Didn’t bring them. And then I looked for my other pair of jeans. Again, whoops. So I wore my pajamas and soaking wet shoes the rest of the trip. And of course, the trips to the bath house were less than pleasant.
Then we cuddled up in our beds and talked and finally tried to go to sleep.
My daughter’s side; she gets the cool, battery-operated lights.
You would think the sound of rain on the top of a camper would lull you to sleep, but no. The rain would be pounding one minute and then lighter and then pounding and then lighter and every now and again thunder. So, no. No sleep for the Mama. Now, my daughter, who can sleep through anything, said she slept better than she had in ages.
The next day we had periods of sun mixed with periods of rain. Made it hard to get a campfire going well. So we went for the food we brought that didn’t need cooking.
Oh, I should have mentioned that we were in a non-electric campground. Tiny Colette has a tiny microwave that we could have used during a rainstorm if there was power. But, alas, no power.
Thank goodness we brought these!
And I never leave home on a trip without pimento cheese, thanks to proper southern training by my Mom. The pimento cheese sandwiches were greatly appreciated!
I had also brought a big basket of fruit, apples, tangerines, bananas and fresh strawberries. That was all yummy.
At about 5 we decided to leave and head home. Before we left, we built a fire and had s’mores. We used these awesome sticks for the first time. They are telescopic. Great!
A couple of hours later, we were home and made our planned dinner–Girl Scout Hobo Pockets–in the oven.
Now, we’re working on planning our next trip. We’ve got a list of all the things we forgot and a list of all the things we need. It was a great first trip! And maybe we’ll start turning our “camper” into a “glamper.” We are currently a little like a “Clampett-er” but we’re fine with that!
Check out this. If only I was closer! First Weekend in June, International Glamping Weekend.
Until next time, Friends, savor the flavor of life!
Lots of love, Rebekah, The City Farmgirl