Here’s to Adventure!

At some point in our lives, we come to the realization that our kids don’t need us as much as they used to and our parents are thankfully still in good health and independent. We are semi-retired and have more time for vacationing than we used to. One child is about to graduate from college and the other is soon leaving to pursue his musical interests on the road. So, it seems like the perfect time for Husband and I to make our own plans.

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Home is where you park it!

For years we have been fantasizing about getting a camper and going on our own adventures around the country. He introduced me to camping and I fell in love with being out in the National Parks, away from the stresses of everyday life. Well, a few weeks ago we found the perfect couple’s trailer and dove in! Last weekend we took her on her maiden voyage at a beautiful state park on Otsego Lake. IMG_0902

The weather was less than cooperative, but we had heat, electricity and indoor plumbing- much more glamorous than tent camping. In fact, if we had been confined to a tent all weekend, I would have cancelled the trip. Instead, the rain gave us an excuse to curl up with our books and still enjoy the nature views without getting cold and wet.

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We were able to get out for some walks and use the outdoor fire pit and grill in the evenings. Our dog was very compliant and didn’t go chasing after any wildlife and the three of us had a very cozy and relaxing weekend away from it all.

On our way home, we wrote down a list of minor projects to make things even better (e.g. a place to store books, a permanent trash can, an outdoor rug and shoe storage). But we couldn’t have been happier. We ate well and we were very comfortable on our real queen size bed- no more air mattresses and sleeping bags for us.

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Part of me felt like this was cheating. My late brother-in-law would have certainly called it that. He enjoyed the rugged lifestyle we shared on our camping adventures. However, as I sat inside with my book and listened to the patter of the rain on the roof, I could imagine him knocking on our door and asking if he could come in out of the chill and have a cup of tea.

We are looking forward to many more adventures this year!

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol
    May 15, 2018 @ 11:58:53

    You don’t have to be pioneers out in the wet and cold, huddling around a fire for warmth, so my not take advantages of modern conveniences whole enjoying the quiet and the beauty of nature? Sounds perfect to me!

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  2. themiddlegeneration
    May 15, 2018 @ 12:00:29

    Thanks! No reason to feel guilty, right?

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  3. leendadll
    May 22, 2018 @ 14:33:39

    Congratulations…. what a nice purchase and adventure!

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  4. Diana who is Looking Out The Window
    May 30, 2018 @ 12:45:39

    I loved your post. It has been a dream of our to have a small travel trailer and make our way around to see things just like you are doing. We never felt we could leave because of our livestock, but maybe what happened to our chickens was another indication that we should take a second look at this dream as well. Enjoy the travels and the time with your spouse.

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