Too Old For Tents But Too Young for a Camper

I love camping. I absolutely love it. I am one of those folks who can go days without a shower, sleep in a bag on the ground and wash my dishes in the stream happily. But the older you get, the more complicated camping gets.

Ryan and I took his kids and the dog for a single night of camping a couple weekends ago and the I couldn’t believe the amount of planning and prep that had to go into it!  Meals, snacks, clothes, layers, extra clothes, tents, sleeping bags, etc. etc. After a fun and relaxing day of hanging out by the water and letting the kids play, followed by a night of laughs around the camp fire, we settled in to go to sleep. The wind had other ideas…

The wind howled so bad the whole night long that it shook and rattled our tent to a point that neither of us could sleep. the dog was up and pacing and nervous and we tossed and turned on the hard ground trying to catch a few winks. The wind finally died down around sunrise but by then we were both so over tired that Ryan packed us up and took us home. I slept from 8:30 am- 2:30 pm on Sunday and then was in bed at 9 pm that night.

Tent # 1

The dilemma we are facing is what do we do now? Ryan says he can’t sleep on the ground any more, his back hurts him and he needs a more solid bed. We have tried air mattresses and those don’t work because they are too soft. He suggested we look at campers but I HATE the idea of dragging along a camper behind us wherever we go. To me, camping is hopping in your car and going. Campers are for old people who need a bed and bathroom or people with  babies or  young children. I still like to rough it.

So what are we to do? We’re getting too old to tent it but are still too young for campers! Any suggestions? I’m leaning toward a camper van. A vehicle and a solid bed rolled into one. Ryan thinks if you are buying a camper van you may as well buy a motor home but I do not want a motor home!

I would LOVE a VW camper van!

I would LOVE a VW camper van!

I think for now the answer will be cots. We’ll get a couple of cots set up in our tent and see if that is more comfortable.

A couple cots may make sleeping in a tent easier

A couple cots may make sleeping in a tent easier

I also found these cot/tent combos/ I don’t think that would work for us because of Rocky though.

This would be so nice for set up and take down!

This would be so nice for set up and take down!

We’ll also find a spot more protected from the wind!

Maybe we need to go all out glamping! Ha ha ha! Definitely not roughing it.

Maybe we need to go all out glamping! Ha ha ha! Definitely not roughing it.

 

6 Comments

  • Colorado Gal June 4, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    I know you said air mattresses, but have you used actual backpacking sleeping pads? They’re pretty comfy! I love my ThermaRest NeoAir pad.

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    • Betty LIVIN June 4, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to try something because I don’t want to start adding a bunch of extra gear!

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  • Running Betty June 4, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Oh my god! I love that vw camper van! I must have one!! 🙂

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