The Journey ~

Life is a journey. Not a destination.

Thursday, April 4, 2013


Looking up at the blue sky through the roof (w/o fly) of my little tent. :-)

OH WHAT PLANS I HAVE!  I have been looking at all sorts of GLAMPING ideas and realized that I have been doing this for years!  Especially with my "home camp". I don't think I have any photos in this computer, but will post from my other computer next time and show photos!  SOOO, I am thinking that I am going to have the "cutest" little campsite around! :-)

Is it insane to want TWO tents of the same style but different size?  My four man Coleman Evanston Screened tent is great for ME, but for sharing...  well, unless we were just sleeping, it just isn't big enough.  So, if I had a 6 man Coleman Evanston Screened tent, then it would be big enough to sit in if there's a rain or whatever.

Had to cancel my Ohio visit.  Well, postpone it.  So, since I am home, best be gettin' busy!

Happy trails to you!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

A new phase... a return to tent camping, but OLD LADY style! I am 53 (next week) and am excited to be making a return to tent camping this year! Jill found me a "deal" on a good quality Coleman tent that is perfect for ONE person, even though it is a 4 man tent. Actually, that is very much a standard tent measurement. Two people would be very comfortable in this tent. Two adults and a child even. But I like to have my bed area AND a seating area. If it rains and I am stuck inside, I want comfort! :-)   Thus, if you are like me, and don't want to put a lot of money into the venture (at least not yet. I would like to try it out first!) then find a friend with a Costco membership! They still carry the Coleman Evanston Screened 4 person tent for less than $70! Mine seems to be extremely well made. The main tent is 9x7 with a 3' screen room across the front. The tent peaks at just under 5' high. I am 5'1" so I can practically stand up! I use my beach chair to sit on inside the tent, so it feels spacious.

 My beach chair also fits in the floored screened room, but just barely. I still see benefits FOR ME to have this space. It is screened but because of the angle of the tent/fly it is not waterproof. I think of this space as a mud room. And at night you could leave the door unzipped and have lots of air movement, even with the rain fly on. Also, if you are in an especially buggy camp, this space could be a real life saver! Even though it is floored, the design allows water runoff by including a screened portion in front of the cabin door. Very thoughtful. I do wonder if it would be worthwhile to design a tarp for the front to provide more shade and rain protection, but unless you set up for more than a couple of days, does it matter?

So, with the tent resolved, and I DO love the tent!, what else does a 53 year old need to enjoy her camp outs? I will tell you - next post!