Sure, we remember the good old days when all it took to hit the road was a blanket, granola bars, and assorted beverages. Who cared if you arrived at the concert with nothing to keep the rain off? You were in your twenties. Standing for five hours in the pouring rain while the temperature dropped and all you had to keep you (and everyone around you) warm, was the wet blanket that you brought to sit/sleep/fool around on, was all part of the “BIG EXPERIENCE”. Your tomorrows were endless and exciting to contemplate. Everything else got figured out on the fly. Road trips were meant to be spontaneous!
Not so much anymore. Assorted aches, pains and desire for creature comforts dictates that every road trip we take now requires meticulous planning around such things as comfortable sleep, yummy food, essential alcoholic beverages, climate controlled environment (hot flashes are insidious and happen when least expected), moderately active adventurous side trips to easily accessed historic sites and other attractions, and wifi accessibility. We like the outdoor life so we looked for ways to access it that were not as strenuous as ordinary camping. Glamping, with all the comforts it encompasses, seemed the perfect solution. However, the costs associated with “destination glamping” can spiral quickly out of control if you want to hit the road for long stretches of time. By destination glamping, I mean those pricey resorts with climate controlled safari tents, gourmet meals, exquisite tableware, exotic drinks, planned activities, and butler service located in beautiful outdoor settings. Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it? That is until you get sticker shock looking at prices of up to $1,000 per night!
Our solution was to purchase a gently used, year old Itasca Cambria. Its moderate Class C size is perfect for two people and two dogs who don’t want to park longterm in one place but instead constantly search out new adventures. The reasonable monthly payment, costs of upkeep, RV insurance, and gasoline costs are pretty manageable for two retirees who are willing to put a little effort and lots of imagination into making it our mobile glamping retreat. We can afford to go more places for longer periods of time than we otherwise would.
We invite you to follow along on our ramblings and adventures as we move into this new phase of our lives. We plan to cover a variety of topics (where we go, how we got there, good places to eat, interesting campgrounds, yummy meals that are easy to create, and anything else that pops into our devious minds. We would love your comments and/or questions.