We were leisurely canoeing at a state park in southern Florida and chatting with a kayaker who was paddling close by. He wondered where we were staying, and we told him that we were in the park’s campground.
He asked, “What rig are you in?”
We stifled a laugh and replied, “We have a small two-person tent, and we’re driving a 1995 Honda Civic.”
He said, “Well, you might have the smallest tent in the park, and I’ve got one of the largest rigs – with one-and-a-half bathrooms, the kitchen is complete with dishwasher, and there’s a washer/dryer, too. We’re comfortable.”
Holy mackerel! Further details were even more astounding – like getting 5 miles/gallon going uphill in the big rig.
When did camping take a turn from “getting away from it all” by spending time in the great scenic outdoors to “take it all with you” by driving in a great rig so you can be indoors? Did we miss something along the way? The definition of camping is “lodged in a tent or tents or other temporary means of shelter,” right?
We have to admit to a fascination with these huge rolling homes on wheels. Many have satellite dishes staked into the ground outside, massive flat screen TVs inside, and an array of bicycles, a motorcycle, and boats, too. Many pull along a sedan or jeep. It doesn’t appear that the owners use the picnic tables, preferring to dine indoors.
We might be fascinated, but would we abandon curling up in our sleeping bags in the tent at night in the cool air? Would we give up eating at the picnic table watching birds flying overhead? (and the raccoons gathering behind us?) No, absolutely not….well, maybe in a pouring, cold rain we’d give you a different answer…