Last November, I traded my old motorcycle for a campervan. Then, in April, my brother came out and we did some work to make it more roadworthy. Finally, 6 months after acquiring it, Julie and I went camping in it. Whew! I was hoping that whole effort was going somewhere.
We drove up to Rathtrevor Beach, north of Nanaimo. The sunsets were something else! We spent 2 rainy days enjoying intermittent walks on the beach when it there was a moment of dry weather, and lots of quality time appreciating the van instead of tent option, particularly when it was wet outside.
I have come a long way in my camping career. It used to be I walked out into the woods with a bunch of boy scout buddies. We’d walk until we felt we couldn’t anymore, then we’d set up a tent, or sometimes a lean-to, and cook our supper squatted over coleman peak1 camp stoves. Hah! I am much more advanced now. It’s like I am hardly camping at all! I was pondering this while I was sitting on the couch in the van, talking with my parents on my cel phone, enjoying the warmth through that came from the furnace, a cool root beer poured from the fridge, with a belly full of chili I made on the 3 burner stove, having just done the dishes in the kitchen sink which I brought with me.
Okay, this experience may have lost something from the hiking days, but there really is something to be said for enjoying the great outdoors by looking out the van window, waking up from a good nights sleep under snuggy covers on a double bed with REAL PILLOWS.
We have 2 weeks planned in the van later this summer. We are going to keep ourselves on the island, partially because now that we are here we want to enjoy it, and partially because while the van is great in many ways, on gas is not one of them. I can hardly wait!