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The family vacation revisited

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Wendy and I have been doing some dreaming – part of it comes from days gone by, and some from what we always hoped would be the opportunity to have family vacations together when our kids were grown, married and had their own kids.  The slide show above shows you a taste of one of our vacations.  You can see that Phil and Jason were young – and we were at Sandbanks Provincial Park with a tent trailer.  I should add, we had a Chev Cavalier with a 4 cylinder 1.6-litre engine pulling that trailer with us and all out stuff.  It always did better downhill.

These were great days. We sure didn’t have much money but we had the trailer and we always ate well. Wendy was the master of easy to make, but delicious meals!

Of course, the boys loved being outdoors and near the water and with some books, a few good games and our handy eat-in tent, we were usually set to enjoy a couple of weeks in “the wild”.

Years later we moved up to the Hybrid trailer but we did enjoy these days.

Now we wonder – will we, in retirement, get to do something similar with the grandchildren?

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How we began

camping20789This is not actually meant to be a blog post that is simply reflecting upon the past as much as it is a look back at how we as a family got into camping. It is true Wendy and I tried going out in a tent – once – and you’ll note by our camping trend that wasn’t quite what we were looking for. I love the outdoors and like eating outside, being outside, even watching a big storm while out camping. But tenting wasn’t for us.

Then we planned to take a vacation in the USA.

But as we were getting ready to go, Wendy fell ill and it turned out that she need her gall bladder out.  Because you can’t go to the gall bladder removal centre at the mall and just get it done, we found ourselves with a week and not too many options. So we contacted a relative you owned this small C class motorhome and asked if we could borrow it. Filling up the tank with fuel was about a week’s pay so we didn’t go too fcamping30789ar from home.

We headed to a wonderful campground near Barrie Ontario where these photos are from and while Wendy lived on soup and crackers we had a wonderful time camping with the RV. Because we had little extra cash and for a while, we ran a children’s camp we didn’t pick up our first trailer for a while. But this week did convince us that we would enjoy being a family out camping. And I have to say, some of my favourite photos are from that week. Here’s just a couple.

Just a box and two beds – but we had a roof!

Before the trailer we have now we had a small tent trailer – nothing fancy – in fact no fridge, furnace or hot water heater…therefore no shower or toilet in it either.  Two beds – table to eat at and a small counter area.  Most of what we did therefore was outside.

I was going through some photos lately and I came across a couple that really illustrated how basic was our set up!  You’ll see the oven is a toaster oven on a tv tray.  The stove attached to the side of the trailer and we did all our cooking off of it.  We had to boil all our water – even for doing the dishes.

Just south of Okanagan Falls in BC

We towed with our 1998 Dodge Caravan – just a 3L engine with a 3 speed transmission.  But it didn’t cost much and we had a good time covering much of the eastern coast and then in these days the west coast.

Mt Shasta – Washington State