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Please Don’t Hate Me…

But I officially want a camper.

Some of you who are hardcore campers might strongly dislike this statement. However, hang in there with me for a moment as I explain.

You might notice that Jason and I didn’t take one camping trip this summer (our backyard campout doesn’t count), or for that matter, this year. Camping has become too much work given our current home setup. No garage means that all of our gear is stored in our basement – our nasty, old, limestone basement with a narrow staircase. Bringing our gear upstairs becomes a major ordeal.

While I have enjoyed camping in our tent (surprisingly), it does take a little more time to set up our campsite. When we go camping, we don’t want to go just down the road – we want to travel. However, we don’t want to get stuck setting up in the dark, so we have to get on the road earlier. This usually means taking a day (or two) off of work. Don’t get me wrong – I have no problem using vacation time. The issue is that Jason and I have different vacation policies at work (I have more flexibility and time than he does), and we have to be careful to not wreck our bigger summer vacation plans.

It would be lovely to leave work on a Friday, go home, grab our duffle bags, hook up a camper, and hit the road. Having the ability to store some (if not all) of the gear we need right in the camper sounds fabulous, too.

Jason and I plan to start saving soon so we can camp more often.

Did you know they make A-frame campers? I didn’t…until now. 🙂


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In my dreams…


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Speaking of dreams…Minimalist and very cool.


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I’ll keep you posted on the future of my camper dreams 🙂

Camping in Comfort: Tents

If you are going tent camping, probably the most important piece of gear you need is a tent. Jason and I registered for our tent and got it as a wedding gift. We went with the Greatland (now Embark?) tent from Target:

Why did we choose this tent? For me, it was all about the screen porch. Not the most practical of reasons, I know, but it is what it is. I was also a fan of the size. To me, it’s perfect for two people to live in comfortably. According to Jason, the tent is huge. In my opinion, camping in comfort requires space, and this tent provides it. We have room for our air mattress and bags with plenty of room left to move around.

I learned a very important lesson in regards to tent choice on our first trip to Door Countywater leakage. It rained throughout our second day, enough so that we checked out vacancies at local hotels while we were out for the day just in case we returned to a swamped tent. Our tent held up wonderfully. We literally had two tiny puddles from a couple of small drips through a couple of window seams. We have now survived three rain storms in our tent, and water has still not been a problem.

While we don’t lounge around in the small screen porch, it has provided the perfect transition zone for dirty shoes or wet umbrellas. What seemed unecessary has become quite indespensible.

Since Jason and I pride ourselves on being “real” campers, I’m sure this will not be our last tent. But for a first tent, we couldn’t have asked for better!

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