Welcome to Scarlet Thread Sunday, the day I share something I’ve learned in the labyrinth of life. Here’s one thing I learned: I have no desire to “rough it” by going tent camping.
I’ve known this one for a long time, ever since I grew up in a family that traveled little, yet stayed in nice hotels when we did. I grew to expect that vacations meant eating out at restaurants or drive-throughs; having housekeeping make the beds, fold our toilet paper into a triangle, and leave a mint on my pillow; sleeping soundly beneath a duvet cover and surrounded by mounds of pillows while the air conditioning hummed in the background.
The idea of having to set up your own abode and then cook your own meals sounded completely un-vacation-like to me. It sounded like more work than I do at home when I’m not on vacation.
What’s the point of tent camping anyway? Some make the case that people have been living in and using tents for centuries. My reply is sure, you can say that pioneers slept under the stars, but I bet if you’d given them a Marriott hotel voucher, 92% of them would be checked in before you could say “covered wagon.”
But I have a son who is in Boy Scouts, and for a host of reasons, my husband is no longer able to be the adult who sometimes accompanies our kid on camping excursions. *sigh* So it’s going to fall on moi. I have loudly declared to my son and Scout parents that I do not go tent camping–that in this one area, I am way too much of a princess for that. Yet now I will need to go tent camping from time to time, and I had to find a way for Princess Jules to camp out.
So here’s my tent:
It’s your basic Coleman tent, which we put up in our back yard. (I had the boys show me how to put it together, so I can do it myself later.)
But it’s what’s inside that really matters. I won’t have air conditioning or a mint on my pillow, but inasmuch as I can make it happen, I want to be as comfortable as I can get. Just because I’m in a tent doesn’t mean I have to “rough it,” do I?
Indeed, there is a trend called “glamping” (glamour, or luxury, camping). Serious glampers have some truly amazing camping sites and gear. I didn’t go that far. I just spruced up a little, enough so that this lady could feel good about where she was staying for a few outdoor days.
So here’s the inside:
What all is in there? Well, here’s the list of what I included in my tent home:
- Double-high twin airbed
- Decorative twin sheets
- Three pillows (one standard, two decorative)
- Glass-encased citronella candle
- Bed tray
- Melamine plate and bowl
- Flatware set (fork, knife, spoon)
- Cloth napkins
- Turquoise bath towels
- Beach mat (to keep me from bringing dust/dirt too far into the tent)
- Solar lantern lights
- Hanging LED lantern (not seen)
- Book and journal (yeah, that’s what under the candle)
What am I missing? I guess I’m finding out now. I scheduled this post to go up the first weekend I’m camping with the Scouts.
I was asked by a friend if girly-ing up my tent might embarrass my son. Honestly, he thinks it’s funny and doesn’t care. As long as he gets to hang out in his tent with his buddies, he’s fine with me “jamping” (Julie camping) all I want.
- Edit/rewrite SHARING HUNTER, a YA contemporary novel. I’m replotting some scenes to tighten up the story structure and develop the characters better. Got through some initial stages on that project this week.
Edit two short stories–one needs a final polish, the other a full edit. Edited both; wrote and edited a third; started a fourth. Read 10 fiction books. Up to 13 books. Finish craft book: Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies by Deborah Halverson. Done.
- Visit and comment on five ROW80 blog posts per week. Done.
Attend at least one RWA meeting. Done and returning to meeting next month.
So are you a tent camper? A glamper? What do you consider necessities for a “roughing it” weekend? Or what hotels do you recommend instead?