First, let me say that I am an RVer through and through. I love the RV lifestyle, and I think I can say this because I’ve done it enough to know that I enjoy it.
Second, let me also state that I may very well HATE tent camping. I say this knowing that there are millions of people who absolutely would disagree with me. No offense is intended to those that love camping and sleeping in a tent.
We just returned from a week, five days really, of “camping” at Pismo Beach, one of our favorite places in California. And, aside from all the really fun things that we did while there, I have concluded two things. One is that, for all my efforts and money spent, I am not a camper. At least not in the traditional sense. The other is that I do not like sleeping in a tent. Period.
Now granted, there ARE things that, had they been different, might have changed my opinion. For starters, maybe a tent of a different size might have helped. Ours is a dome tent. Something that fits two adults and a small dog somewhat comfortably. Except for the “door” that is approximately 30 inches high by about 30 inches wide. Did I mention that I’m 68 years old with two knee replacements?
I’m thinking a taller tent might have helped. Something I could just walk into fully upright. Something with multiple rooms and a loft. Maybe having a lifelong history of camping and sleeping in a tent would have helped as well. Except for my stint in the Scouts, I never camped or slept in a tent until I was well into adulthood. Maybe more experience would have taught me better the skills necessary to go from nude to fully clothed without standing up. And at my age, with a need to go to the bathroom at least once a night, well, you can see the challenge that a dome tent presents. Heck, even in the Marine Corps we had tents you could stand up in.
So, it is without much sadness that I may have slept (not) my last night in a tent. My back, hips, neck and knees will be grateful. We have another trip planned in the next month. We will be over in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. We actually had made reservations for a tent site for several days in Ouray, Colorado, a town and area we are very fond of. This morning I cancelled the reservation, opting instead to make reservations at a nearby campground overlooking a lake with gorgeous views of the 14,000 foot mountains in the area. Our motorhome will fit nicely. 🙂