There was a time before cars got bigger, faster, when the world moved at a more leisurely pace. A Sunday drive was something you looked forward to after a busy week. Of course, that is if you had a car, if you were determined, we could ride the bus, then transfer to a streetcar that would take us out to a beach just outside the city limits, where along with other families we could enjoy fresh air and sunshine by the water Today this beach is still there, but it is no longer outside the city limits, it is in the heart of the city and surrounded by homes,shops and restaurants. Life has changed, and with it, the natural wonders that were so available before are now, way way out and require travel by motor vehicle to get there, and even then, it is protected land, or parks that are managed and looked after. To find a really wilderness like retreat, you have to get out the maps and plan accordingly. And unfortunately many of us, like certain conveniences of home to be with us while we enjoy a quiet retreat.
We have friends with a wonderful good size camper that they take off in every year for camping retreats they’ve found over the years. They found a place by the water they can rent, park their camper, and then tour in their luxury truck that they purchased to visit the areas around the park. Both are excellent cooks and bring their skills with them, dining out with them has to be a feast of delights. They didn’t always camp, they took it up only a couple of years back, but once the decision was made, they applied themselves, researched and took action. Now when I hear my friend say, that soon they will take off on t heir first trip of this year I’m green with envy. I’ve talked about doing what they have done, since they first got the idea and acted on it. Years later, they have developed a roaming lifestyle that is very enticing. Thanks to social media we get to enjoy many of their journeys and discoveries, but we (hubby and I) meanwhile, still have it on our “bucket list”
Vintage campers are making a comeback, people are finding them and refurbishing them, fixing them up and putting them somewhere where they can have their home away from home at certain times of the year. In researching for this blog, I saw darling little caravans, little tin rolling cans as they are affectionately called. So caught in my search, I started a folder of small homes/campers on my Pinterest page. To acquire the simplicity that I would so like, requires work! Unlike in a virtual world, I can’t just click on a button and be transported to another time and different location. In the real world, I have to downsize and plan so that I can pick up and go. AND… unlike years gone by……. I have to travel further to find undeveloped spaces. Hmmmm simplicity I hear that to get to some lakes now, one has to be flown in, and guess what, at the other end is a camping resort, that may or may not allow pets. Just saying.