Tuesday, October 13, 2009
My idea of camping has always been to hook up the fifth wheel camper and pack everything we need from home. When we arrive at our destination, we hook up to the electricity, water, and septic. As long as I have heat or air conditioning, running water, stove, refrigerator, and a comfy bed, I'm ready to go camping! This year, we're going to be camping in our tent, so I'm trying to prepare myself.
Every Spring and Fall, we go camping with some of our friends at a beautiful campground in Missouri. It's a central location for everyone to meet, and it's so peaceful. There are hiking and biking trails, and it has a beautiful view of the river where you can stand at the edge of the cliff and look straight down at the water. It's exciting and scary at the same time. For me, the best part of this location is that it's only about 10 minutes away from the nearest town, so I can still go get whatever I may need!
It's going to be colder than usual this year, so I've been looking into getting an outdoor heater, and I found some beautiful Chimineas. Due to their design, they put off a tremendous amount of heat. There are some that are portable for camping or tailgating, while others are cast iron and would be better for use at home. Another concern I had about tent camping was that I wouldn't have my stove, but you can also cook on a chiminea, so I don't need to worry about not having a hot meal.
I used to be in the Army, so you would think I'd be used to tent camping. I lived in one for a few months during the Gulf War, but I guess I'm just getting old, and I need my comforts. Now that I've learned about chimineas, my next step is to find out about tent heaters. While we're outside, it will be nice to grill outdoors and sit around the fire, but I don't want to freeze at night, so I'm off to find a safe way to heat our tent, and maybe I'll look into finding a way to hook up an electric blanket!