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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Camping in August

So ... did you picture me out in the wilderness,
 sitting by a tent where I slept on the ground in a sleeping bag,
 swatting at bugs, cooking over a fire, 
pooping in an outhouse or in a hole in the ground, 
grubby, hot and sweaty in the humid August heat of Maryland?  

Be honest - you did, didn't you.

Even my son's dogs, Olivia and Ragnar, look on in disbelief at the
thought of their 'grandmother' camping.
In fact they do not see themselves camping either!
Silly person!

Give me a nice hotel room with a balcony over looking a lovely cared landscaping or a comfortable arm chair set by a roaring fire in the lobby with a hot drink by my side and knitting in my lap enjoying the comforts of the 21st century.

But I did take a weekend to ride down with my son's family to
see their version of camping.

The trip to Southern Maryland does take you through
some lovely wooded areas.  But no stopping
to set up a tent.
My son checking the camper before he releases "the hounds."
They appear to be supervising.
Obviously, this is not their first trip!
Their version of camping falls somewhere between the 'true believers' sitting in a tent and the folks like myself who like the enhanced version of camping out in a 4 star hotel with room service.  Their version of camping takes place at Dennis Point Marina in Southern Maryland, where other 'campers' of their type can be found.

Although they have done this for more than 10 years, it never seems to grow old for them.  Recently they upgraded their camper from a fairly standard previously owned RV to a new 'Cadillac' version of an RV.  More space for 2 dogs and a baby and 2 adults to spread out.

Their new home away from home.

Check out their 'tent!!'
Complete with air conditioning, heat and a central vacuum cleaner.

The kitchen - I mean 'cook fire' - is fully equipped with a self cleaning oven, a nice size freezer and fridge, an oven and a microwave.  The sink is located on the center island.

 The view from their dining and kitchen window.

They do have a fire place - electric - no smoke!  Lots of atmosphere.  Above the fire place is a large flat screen TV - and as you can see space to lay on the carpet and play with your baby.

You can enjoy TV or just read a book in the comfy recliners.  There are two.  And there are two other couches that open into 2 queen size beds.  The master bedroom has a king size bed.

And there is a ton of storage.

Needless to say, there is no need for an outhouse.  Although I don't have pictures, there is a very lovely bathroom.  Sink, shower, and flush toilet - complete with toilet paper!  Very civilized.

The 'neighborhood' is pretty cool as well.

Lots of water views.
Space to sit a spell.

Just a lazy weekend doing nothing but relaxing.

Even a place for kids to play, a pool, and an enclosed dog park.

Cute street signs.

And quality time spent with this little cutie!!

Ah! Camping!!


Priscilla Bettis said...

Yep, I pictured you in a tent, silly me. WOW your son's family's camper is . . . fancier than our brick-n-mortar house! It's an RV?! Sounds like you had a great time.

Marie Smith said...

Ah...camping! I like your version best of all but your son’s is a close second. That last photo is precious!

Lynne said...

I said . . . “No Way” . . . to the tent . . .
And was quite sure I would hear the rest of the story!
Camping, 2018 . . .
Seems it is the way to go . . .
Very nice, top of the line camping . . .
I enjoyed tent camping back in the day . . .
No more . . .
Oh I love the camp fire bit
But sleeping in a bed instead of the hard ground sound much better.
Happy you were able to be with the little cherub . . .

Cynthia said...

That's not camping, that's RVing. And that is one fancy RV! It looks very comfortable for all, especially with a baby.

Carola Bartz said...

I agree with Cynthia, that's not camping. That sure is a fancy RV and I can see how you feel real comfortable in it.
I'm more the "primitive" kind of camper - a tent (although I do hope that we will buy a slightly bigger tent soon), sitting around the campfire, listening to the sounds of nature. We usually avoid big campgrounds and go for smaller, primitive campgrounds (vent toilets, yeah). I love it - but I also enjoy a good hotel!

Sandy said...

My camping card is full. Used to enjoy it, now...I want a hotel, bed, hot shower etc. But, I've seen those delux trailors and some are bigger and nicer than my house.

Looks like everyone had a good time.

Changed my profile picture, people aren't recognizing me without my blue walking outfit, lol