Thursday, June 18, 2009

Camping Promotes The Hotel Business

We finally got our camper out, dusted off and packed up for one of many weekends we'll spend this summer at the lake nearby. We actually pulled it over there earlier today. Jay & Austin are talking about staying there tonight, but it depends on the thunderstorms that expected to roll through and just how severe they will be. I'm not quite ready for 3 full nights of "cramping" yet. I am not a camper by heart, so I kind of have to ease into the whole camping thing each year.

I recently found out that there's a name for people like me: "glamper". We glampers like the idea of being with nature, we'd just prefer to do it with a soft mattress, indoor plumbing, and maid service.

I love the family time, and because we camp at a nearby lake, the majority of people camping are people from the neighboring towns, which means we know most of them and that makes it a lot of fun. As a matter of fact, I know we will have two families who are good friends of ours camping right next to us. Super fun!

If only we didn't have to pack the camper, do the cooking, do the dishes, then unpack the camper, clean the camper and then do it all again over and over every time. There's never enough room, and the dirt....I have yet to find a campground with concrete slabs to park on, and thick luscious grass everywhere else. Nope, mostly dirt. And no matter where I sit, the smoke from the campfire comes directly at me. Guaranteed. I'm not kidding...I'm a smoke magnet!

And don't even get me started on campground showers!! Anytime I feel the need to wear flip flops in a shower to avoid the risk of catching something, that's not a good thing in my book.

As I said, the fellowship part IS a lot of fun, but I could have just as much fun if we were all sitting around the pool at a 4 star hotel. Seriously, someone else does the work, and there's no campfire smoke.

I have always said that my idea of roughing it is staying at a motel with only one outlet in the whole room and I have 3 things to plug in. That's about as rough as I like my life to ever get.

The one thing I am looking forward to is the chicken kabobs I made for the grill. Yum!

Have a great weekend!!


sara said...

oh I love, love camping and I miss it so much!!! We had many wonderful camping trips when the kids were young. have fun!!!

The Naths said...

Hey, I'm a glamper too. Who knew?! Actually, I don't feel it is soooo bad in a camper, but a tent? YUCK! I hate that feeling when you wake up and everything is moist, and your skin feels all oily! lance and I were just discussing this topic recently. He said he would much rather hang out with his friends in the lounge of a really nice hotel than around a campfire with the bugs!

Pam from alertandorientedx4 said...

Thank you SO much for clarifying. I am a GLAMPER too! My idea of roughing it is if the Winnegbago doesn't have a microwave and hot tub....and a maid! Next week I am taking 34 teens (along with 3 other adults) to youth camp...we have dorms with bunks, but we can see daylight thru the walls, so I don't really call it 'indoors.' Also, for a dorm of 32 women, there is a 40 gallon hot water heater. Yeah. Do the math. And I'm talking TEENAGE girls!

skoots1mom said...

i'm with you...we camped without kids. I didn't lose anything at the to be there and then go home to my comfy bed. Mosquitoes find me, even in the house, so I really love being indoors when there are so many of them flying around looking for fresh blood!!

Kelly said...

Well, you just need me to go "glamping" with you. If I went, I'd become the smoke magnet and you wouldn't have to worry anymore. I can't even get near a campfire without being chased by the smoke. Have fun!