It has been said that the test of a relationship is traveling together. I would like to say that camping with your partner is also a great indicator of compatibility. Patience and cooperation are key, but so much could go wrong.
One of the many things that Red and I shared in common was our love of renaissance festivals. We had both worked at the local one, Texas Renaissance Festival. He had been able to stay active in the “rennie” world, joining camping clans and making life-long friends. Unfortunately, my life had taken me away from that world, but it had now brought me back.
Four months into our relationship, we made plans to camp at TRF with Red’s clan. I remembered camping with my family when I was young. Small tents and sleeping bags to a small homemade RV. It was a primitive experience, lots of cold sandwiches and grilled things. What Red described was not quite that. LOL. He camped comfortably. Large tents, heaters, stoves, showers, a camp toilet, carpet, and air mattresses. I KNEW I could camp like that.
After our first year of camping, we made improvements like a pressure shower system and a multi-room compound. But like any creative souls, we couldn’t stop there. The next year we teamed up with some friends and created 3000 sq Feet of enclosed, carpeted heated gathering space to fight the frigid winter. To accomplish this, we used portable carports attached and covered with large tarps. Then we finished it with free carpet from a local installer, a 10’x10′ shower/toilet space, and full kitchen with camp sink. From there we have evolved to this…DIY Glamping!
We GLAMP, but we DO IT OURSELVES! If we want a new amenity, we figure out how to make it, and make it work well.
To create this space, we use a 10′ x 20′ portable garage canopy and 3-10′ x 10′ pop up canopies. We use a Zodi camping water pump and some 5 gallon buckets to create both a sink and shower, with hot water! We have a full size coffee maker. And, as you can see, we enclose everything with tarps and clips, so that we can use large space heaters and protect our carpet.
During a weekend at TRF, our compound sees so many visitors. We love creating a gathering space. A safe place where old friends and new can relax and refresh day or night. Everyone loves to take of their shoes and lay on the ground, but cleanly on carpet, it feels so cool! Occasional friends crash on the carpet after a long day. We’ve even been the staging area for a wedding during a monsoon! It’s easy to forget you are outside, when it feels like such a home. And can you believe that everything fits in the bed of that truck!
As we have discovered our love of camping, living simply, and being near nature, we realized that we wanted more of this. How could we go camping more when we were working so much? Skoolies! Converting a school bus into a functional living space is the answer we have found. This gives us the chance to see and experience life and the world around us without the headache of packing and unpacking.
We are so excited to start this new journey…NO, scratch that!…We are so excited to finally take the wheel on our journey called life and we hope you join us along the way. Maybe we can inspire you to take control of your life’s journey as well!