Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Maiden Voyage


Nearly 30 years ago, Larry and I bought a pop-up camper; a Coleman Columbia eight foot tent trailer.  We loved it, and it lead eventually to a 27 foot travel trailer, and Larry and I selling our home, leaving our jobs, and traveling the southwest for six months.  This was our Great Walkabout Experience :-)

We came back to our home town, returned to work, bought a home, and didn't camp again, until this weekend.

A month ago, we bought a Flagstaff pop-up campter; ten foot box, and a few more amenities than our original Coleman.  A frig, a furnace, a bit more space, but still a pretty simple tent trailer, and we went to Brown County State park.


This is February in the Midwest.  It was 65F with beautiful clear skies on Sunday; a spectacular sunset Sunday night, and fog so thick you couldn't see any other campers on Monday morning :-)  What I couldn't record with a camera was the soul-startling night sky with more stars than I've seen in my adult life, or the intense silence.  So deep, so long missed living in a city.


The views through the park pull you out of yourself.  A winding roadway on Monday morning with no cars.  Green beginning to spring out of the soil, and ranks of hills and valleys unblemished.

Larry and I have been dreaming and talking and planning for this for three years, and now we've finally done it.  We are rediscovering what we enjoyed so much 30 years ago.

18 comments:

  1. How delightful! We also spend about half the year traveling with a trailer, however other things are keeping us home this year. Have a wonderful time - I know how freeing and inspiring this can be.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Kiki, and for the good words!

      warmly,

      Beth

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  2. Although I do prefer face time with you, it just doesn't seem to happen anymore SO I must say you do have talent with your writing style to compliment your other talents here. So all in all, I'm not surprised by it. Am so glad you made the most of it and got back out there. It was perfect weather for February and I'm so glad it all fell together right for you two. Make it happen again, soon! -Your Sister Jan in Hope

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    1. Dear Jan!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a word or two :-) We had a great time, as you can tell. We definitely plan to make it happen a lot more often :-)

      Love you,

      Beth

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  3. Great idea! Looks like a wonderful trip. I loved camping with my family as a kid.

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    1. We camped as a family when I was a kid too, and in a pop-up. It gave me a real love for our state's parks :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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  4. Wow what a great break, bet it did you the power of good, thanks for showing us the photos...x

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    1. Amber, it really did feel like getting one's batteries recharged. I think we all need more nature in our lives :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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  5. Realmente es maravilloso alejarse un poco de las obligaciones cotidianas y simplemente disfrutar... eres muy afortunada al poder hacerlo :)

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    1. Sí, era muy renovador y energizante de la ciudad, el equipo, y disfrutar de la naturaleza :-)

      con gusto,

      Beth

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  6. Te felicito por volver a poder realizar ese tipo de viajes. Espero que disfrutes mucho de la naturaleza . Hoy en día es bastante complicado.

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    1. Sí, creo que hacer nuestras vidas más complicadas que tienen que ser. La naturaleza es una forma maravillosa de poner las cosas en perspectiva.

      con gusto,

      Beth

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  7. You have a gypsy soul. I hope you take full advantage of your Home away from home. Boy those are some big tires on Larry's bike. The earth is confused with these unseasonable temps. Wont it be a shame if winter covers it all again.

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    1. The changing climate worries me. It is real; some areas are already suffering and more can be expected. You would think, being our only home, we would take better care of it.

      Not sure what my nephews will inherit...

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  8. What is happening was foretold all the way back when I was a young girl in the 60's. Peter Max depicted in his posters, over population, pollution, water shortage, climate change, famine, disappearing species. We didn't listen then and we are so not listening now. I am grateful every day that when I open my eyes, we are still here. I find some kind of joy in every day and like you, try to tread lightly on our Mother Earth. I shed tears for her. I see my beautiful ocean being polluted, over fished, our skyline with a brown stain from air pollution. It breaks my heart. Okay, I'm stepping off the soap box now.

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    1. Your soapbox is safe here, my friend. I couldn't agree more.

      Beth

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    1. It was a wonderful time, Helen, and we are ready for more adventures!

      warmly,

      Beth

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