My sister-in-law Gisele is turning 50 this September. I am not too far behind. For her birthday, she wanted everyone to go camping for the weekend with her and her boyfriend. We hadn’t camped in about four years and for good reason. We finally figured out that camping is a lot of work. I’m sure you’ve heard the jokes about camping – paying good money to stay outside in the dirt with the bugs. It’s crazy, right? Well, if that is all Gisele wants for her 50th, how could we deny her that?
We stayed at Cold Springs Campground in Weare, NH. Where? Weare, NH. hahaha. It is a resort campground that cost $74 a night for a standard campsite with water and electric. While that is expensive, this campground does have a lot to offer. They have extremely nice facilities – four outdoor heated pools and two hot tubs. This particular weekend they were featuring an 80ies cover band. They were excellent!
Gisele and Barry have a brand new camper and she refers to camping as “glamping” because it isn’t really camping when you have a nice clean trailer with a huge rug to cover the filthy ground. See what I mean?
It really is a nice camper with plenty of storage. It even has a Murphy bed that I thought was very cool.
Meanwhile back at the Maloney campsite, we have one step above a tent – a pop-up camper. Her old pop-up as a matter of fact. It is about 16 years old. That did come in handy during the torrential downpour. But even the pop-up has seen better days. You would have laughed as I duck taped the flaps (that used to zip shut before zipper broke) to avoid any leaks right on the mattress where we slept. Being in a leaky tent that weekend? I shudder to think about it.
The worst part was the first night. I laid in that musty camper all night long, all morning long, and did not fall asleep for one minute. I was amazed that I was able to function the next day. That was the worst. I love my sleep and not getting one minute that night? Inconceivable!
I am happy to report that on day 2, I was able to catch some Zzzzz. The boys and I danced up a storm that night to that crazy 80ies band. I made sure I was so exhausted that I could have slept anywhere.
They had a huge chess set poolside. That was fun too.
Here is our group. Two families came just for the day. (Why didn’t we just do that?) I am in the back row with the baseball cap on – looking tired.
We are all glad that the weekend was a success, but suffice it to say, my camping days in that old pop-up are ova!
Do you like to go camping? Have I got a deal for you on a 2001 Coleman pop-up!
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