|Coleman's SunDome 7x7' 3-man tent. I like it.|
I haven't been camping since I was a kid. My family, all 8 of us, used to go camping a lot. We had a tent trailer and a big six-person tent. That tent was set up with two sets of bunkbed cots, and we used to go up to 11-Mile Canyon in Colorado or to Lake Teryall and sometimes to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, but mostly it was 11-Mile. My dad went off to fish and the rest of us played in the woods, hiked and explored. I would like to have been fishing with my dad, but that was something he really wanted to do alone. Still, it would have been nice to have a fishing pole. Sometimes he caught trout and sometimes he didn't, but my mother always prepared a nice camp supper for us regardless. The tent trailer was sold in the summer of '73, and I don't remember camping after that. I went to stay with my aunt in Iowa for a little while to help her with her two small boys when she and her husband first moved there, and when I came home, the tent trailer was gone. I was sad to see it go.
But camping now brings up a ton of other issues. I don't want to be carrying pots and pans and cooking stuff. Just for the following items I would need to set aside $272 (approx): Coleman twin inflatable bed, Coleman SunDome Tent, sleeping bag, fleece liner, Camelbak 100oz. I do have the pet trailer which can carry 40 lbs, so it can double as a cargo trailer with limited cargo. I will have the full panniers also, although I don't know if I will put panniers on the front wheel. I am quite certain I am completely over-planning this.
I will say that I have been looking at a new route - that instead of getting on the 10 freeway outside of Palm Springs to head eastward, I'd like to take a detour south to see the Salton Sea, a place I've never been to. They have public campgrounds there. So I might go south after that and catch the 8 freeway across. Eventually I'll go up to Phoenix and stay with friends there.