Wanderlust: A strong longing for or impulse toward wandering; an innate desire to rove or travel about.
When I was younger, I had no desire to travel. When there was extra money to be spent, I wanted "things" - something tangible that I could see or use every day. Spending money on travel seemed like a waste because you had nothing to show for it. Now that I'm not so young, I realize that the experience is the "thing" to be gained. I no longer care so much about collecting more stuff, and I've developed a wanderlust.
Towards that end, we've invested in a vacation home. No, it's not a beach house or a mountain cabin - it's a 25-year-old pop-up camper. This is a vacation home for small-scale wanderlust between major trips.
Last summer we discovered Indian Cave State Park, fabulous spot for hiking and picnicking. Dave also spent quite a bit of time at Kirkman's Cove Recreation Area - water skiing and golfing. Camping in either of these locations seemed to be an economical and convenient way to satisfy that need to wander - even if it's in 20-mile increments.
Over the years, we've had friends who took camping vacations - elaborate trips that took a week to plan, prepare food, pack and load the camper, then another week to clean up when they got back - in campers with all the amenities of home. We were never interested because it seemed like too much work to be a vacation. Our vision of camping is a primitive one or two night get-away that can happen spur-of-the-moment. We want to cook on a campfire, sit outside and watch the stars - unplug for a night. We discussed tent camping, but were concerned about having the dogs inside a tent and wildlife roaming outside the tent. Mostly, concerned that Big Dog would go right through the side of the tent to play with new friends. What we really wanted is an enclosed bed on wheels. We found that and just a bit more.
Our new vacation home will sit in the back of the pick-up. The top pops up to make the interior standing height.
There's a full-size bed above the cab, a table and seating area that converts to a second bed (for the canine kids)
and a little, tiny kitchen.
All it needs is some sprucing up - updated curtains and cushions, maybe a couple throw pillows. With some standard supplies stored in the cabinets, we will be ready on the spur of the moment to grab a pack of hot dogs, load up the pups and enjoy a peaceful break.
Before you get to thinking I've become a total pioneer, you should know - this is included in those "standard supplies":