We took our annual camping trip to the beach earlier in July. We've been staying at the same campground resort for years, and this year Mother Nature decided to give us a week long bear hug because the weather was fabulous!
Our home away from home on these camping trips is a pop-up tent trailer tricked out with air conditioning, water and electrical service, a mini fridge and some very clever storage compartments. Some people might call our camping style "glamping" - a combination of 'camping' and 'glamorous'.
I tend to think of our pop-up tent trailer as the grown-up version of a Barbie camper. Except that Barbie would have a much cuter camping wardrobe than me and I'm pretty sure she wouldn't be caught dead wandering the streets of the closest town in search of french fries - while wearing a pair of Birkenstocks.
Fries at the beach are the best!
We store the camper in our garage during the off-season. Bringing it out when summer arrives is a test of our nerves and our twenty-one years of marriage! The trailer was bought four years ago and unfortunately, we relied on the salesperson's measuring skills before we made the sale final.
We were expecting the camper to be eight inches narrower than it actually is. Boy were we surprised when we tried to put it in the garage that first time! There is barely an inch on either side of the trailer to fit through the garage doors.
Ah well. All's well that ends well, and once we're all set up, it's extremely easy to forget all your cares.
We spend our days at the beach and our evenings around the campfire. At night we have a dry and comfortable place to sleep.
Harry loves camping, too. He gets pretty tuckered out from chasing seagulls.
We wake up most mornings to the sound of seagulls squawking, so when Harry gives them a hard time, I consider it a doggie form of payback.
We have all the comforts of home - even a little mirror so that I can put on some mascara and lipstick and blow dry my hair...
... because Barbie would like that!
Now, if only I could decorate the camper with pink flower decals and purple fun fur, Barbie and Ken might join us for s'mores around the campfire one evening.
I wonder where I can find Barbie-sized Birkenstocks...