We had family visiting camp this weekend and a very good time was had by all. (That’s what they tell me, anyway. They could be lying.) (But I don’t think they are.) We’re not as numerous or rowdy as the Kowalski family, but there was ATVing, mud, flaming marshmallows and pool time.
The Short Kid needs to learn to wait until the adults have it together before getting ready to go. Sitting on your ATV in the sun, in full gear, when nobody else is ready to go isn’t very fun.
But after a hot day on the trails, the pool is all the sweeter…
Last night I did my quick surf through new camper floor plans online. I do it every few months to remind myself how much I love my crappy old camper. It’s not super pretty. We have no hot water because we didn’t like the fact the twenty-something-year-old hot water heater (with pilot light, aka flame) is under the short kid’s bunk. The roof periodically leaks, which has shorted out the ceiling light in the boys’ bedroom and occasionally requires a bucket. The tub is cracked, but that’s okay since we don’t have hot water, so we keep the laundry basket full of dirty riding gear in there. The linoleum’s starting to peel in places and the fridge is crapping out on us.
But, it’s a true two bedroom. In many of the new campers, in order to make super-fancy bathrooms and kitchens, the bunks for kids are in a closet type thing shoved between the bathroom and the outer wall. If I won’t sleep in it, I won’t ask my kids to. Right now they have a room with a door and two bunks and a closet and floor space and cabinets. And a lot of the new campers have carpeting. I can see where people like that. But I can’t pee in the woods, so when I come off the trails muddy or dusty or both and I have to pee, I’m not stopping to take my boots off.
Last night, however, I found a camper I like. Not quite as much floor space in the second bedroom, but it has 3 bunks instead of two and still has a closet and some storage. But, wow, those suckers are expensive. I don’t think Santa will be bringing me one this year.
One thing that crossed my mind while surfing camper floor plans—why do they all have super-fancy cooking channel-worthy kitchens? Are there women out there making Thanksgiving dinners at camp? I want a small fridge and a piece of counter to set the Keurig on. They should make campers with a no-kitchen option and bigger bedrooms.