Trailer Build- Final Thoughts

I have now used my camper to visit dozens of parks.  I has exceeded my expectations.  No leaks, no issues with power, no problem sleeping and getting a good nights rest.  It is easy to tow, coming in at less than 900 pounds, easy to set up, easy to keep clean.  Combined with my truck, I can carry all my gear and still haul my own wood for fires and my kayak.  I have changed out some of my gear, put in different storage combinations, taken out things that I haven’t or don’t plan to use and basically just enjoyed the simplicity the trailer has made of camping.IMG_2663.JPG

Some things to ponder:  without a bathroom, make sure you  have access.  Knowing that my better half won’t lock me out at a campsite because she has good clean bathrooms and shower facilities is pretty important.  Make sure you work through any problems that might arise with storms, uneven campsites, wind, etc.   I actually carry an extra two man tent, poles, tarps, etc.  for emergencies.   You need flashlights.  Get a dozen.  Carry one on you at all times.  Have a double walled 20 oz or more container, (Walmart-$7.00).

You need some good camp chairs.  Cheap ones hurt your butt after a few minutes.  Camping is about relaxing, not cramps and back pain.  Get a good stick, maybe a broken shovel handle like mine, to move your wood in the firepit.

If you want to really enjoy your trips, go where others don’t go.  If you must stay at busy campgrounds, be courteous to others.  Keep your radio low, turn off all those extra lights.  Shut the generator down as soon as possible and keep noise down after dark.  Take good coffee, creamer and a good book.  Don’t stress over no having phone service.  Play with your kids if they go.  Walk.  Swim.  Sink your toes in the river.  Enjoy.

I suspect that I will be building another trailer soon.  It was a joy and I can give this one to my sisters so they can come camping too.

Dale

Watch your six.

 

Sunset at Baden Lake

At the beginning of the camping season, it is hard to get good pictures.  The foliage isn’t out yet, the landscape can look dull.  This past weekend, my friend Jeff and I decided to take a chance on the weather and hit the trails at the Uwharrie National Forest.  After a great day on the trail, it was time for hotdogs and hamburgers off the grill.  A full stomach later, a roaring fire and the seasons first awesome sunset.   Come on folks, time is wasting, get out there.

Watch your six,

Dale

 

Zion National Park-Breathtaking!

Just inside Utah, above the Northern Rim of the Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful parks in America.  The Zion National Park is literally as awe inspiring as the Canyon.    The park is very busy, it is visited by millions of people per year. You have to go regardless.   IMG_3021 As you start to get closer to the park the rock formations begin to take on a different hue, the lines of millions of years of erosion begin to show clearly from miles away. Continue reading

Hanging Rock Day Two

The sun came up early and I wanted to get out to the mountainside before others got on the trails.  The day before I had been able to hike without seeing many other hikers.  This day the weather was cool and clear.  I started by going to a trail on the other side of the park, passing a few bike riders along the way.  I needed to hit the  trail hard since I had family coming up to hike the summit later that day.  Needless to say, it was a great hike, good clean trails, good picture taking. Continue reading