But the bear is gradually awakening. Last week Butch plugged in the trailer, opened the slide, took the battery out to charge it, and fiddled with the furnace.
I went so far as to take the extra pillows out of the closet and return them to the trailer. This week, several friends have bought or are considering new RV units and we've begun to plan.
Part of our inspiration is browsing the old camping scrapbooks. So many places we want to revisit, but so there are many new ones we'd like to hit.
The biggest issue for me is remembering where I put everything that I brought into the house last November. Some things come in because they will freeze and some because we might be able to use them inside during the winter: the extra pillows and blankets, a soup ladle, the big electric skillet, etc.
I've discovered a number of camping pages on Facebook that are fun to look at and have great plans and ideas. One called 'Vintage Camper Trailers' shows amazing and clever restoration of old trailers. I recently joined Sisters on the Fly, a group of women who say on their website "Our activities run the gamut from fly fishing, kayaking, "Cowgirl College," wine tasting and horseback riding to whatever else sounds like fun.' Although it appears most of their events take place in the West or Southwest, some of the themes a very intriguing. (A meatloaf festival? Who knew?)
I also joined a FB group called 'Midwest Glampers.' Glamping is a word devised to describe luxury camping. This group has modified that to include anything that adds a little touch of home, creativity and/or glamor to camping. One post showed using bright cupcake papers on top of a canning jar held in place with the jar ring and with a hole poked in the top for a straw--a beverage container to keep the bugs out!
I confess that part of the reason for perusing these pages is research about different types of camping and campers. Some Sisters on the Fly will appear in my new book, The Lady of the Lake. As will The Barefoot Lady--some of you may remember her from our bed and breakfast days.
Nevertheless, I am a firm believe in putting a personal touch on one's camping abode. And one of the things I like about camping is the opportunity to take part in a wide gamut of activities--maybe even 'Cowgirl College.' Well, I could at least watch. And take notes.