I received a comment this morning and since I hadn’t written my blog for this week, I’ll answer it here.
Comment: I enjoy following your travels, particularly last year’s because my wife and I are tent campers so far. Do you have specific plans for this year yet? Also, I would appreciate more background about your tenting setup and how you feel about tenting versus RV living.
Thank you for writing about your adventures.
Yes, I do have specific plans but they will not take me as far as last summer (I don’t think!). I just picked up new maps and Atlas from Triple A yesterday and will do route planning from AZ to Jackson Hole, WY for a press trip through the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks for several days. Since my actual trips become circuitous as I find interesting roads to follow or campgrounds to visit, the planning will be very general. From there I will head NW to visit my daughter briefly, then on to the Port Townsend area for the summer.
Once there, the “plan” is really iffy. I have talked with someone about renting a small studio apartment on a weekly basis whenever I need it. A friend is in the process of buying a boat and has asked me to be part of the “crew.” If that happens, it will be a great fun and different experience (always looking for that). I will be tent camping at least part of the summer.
My husband and I started tenting when our first daughter was about a year old (I don’t think I want to tell you she just turned 52!). It was a means to go with very little money. We all loved the “real” camping and I do think we lost something in the transition to later RVs. There is something very special about waking up with the sun shining through the canvas and being close enough to nature to hear the leaves rustle. Although it is more work, breakfast over the open fire can’t be beat. We went often enough our kids felt like they grew up in a tent. We hiked, swam, canoed, explored, or just sat and were a part of nature. We took our family all over the US from Michigan, but our favorite was the Colorado mountains. Let’s just say that I could relate a million tenting stories that are dear to my heart. (I would not tell you about middle-of-the night projectile vomiting and bloody noses!).
Yes, I very much miss my RV but it is no longer practical for the small amount of time I would use it. I loved the freedom and safety of being a full-time RVer who could park anywhere that it was legal and be able to call it home. I would like a little bigger tent because I can’t quite stand up in this one but I also found I can’t put up the bigger one by myself. Altho I only stay in campgrounds now, I still love waking up to the sounds of nature (as long as it doesn’t include bears!). Love our national forests! If you have other questions, please feel free to ask. I have a series of columns (Silver, Single & Solo) that will be printed over the next few months and they will tell about my feelings on RVing. Have a great summer. God bless until next time.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”