Photos of Camping Trips and Special Places Visited

It’s a little sad that we don’t have a lot of photos from our travels and camping trips when we were younger. Digital photography is so wonderful. What a difference in just twenty years or so.

Before this millennium our photos were on film, what few we took. We didn’t have the money when raising our family to shoot and develop lots of photographs and only wish we had. The photos that we did take are precious to us. This must be true for almost everyone.

Here are a few old photos with the old tent.

Well as a result,  we don’t have pictures from many of our camping trips. We don’t have photos of vehicles and events that could be shared here either. These few excepted.

I suppose that the next generation will lament not having taken high definition videos as often as they will wish in their older age. What next – holograms? Perhaps. 

Well I got to thinking about this when looking for photos of us tent camping. That wasn’t so long ago.  But we have been camping since the 1970’s. Our old cotton duck Eureka tent was a big part of our recreation. Trucks came only in the 1980’s. At first we camped out of a  Volkswagen beetle.  Later we had a minivan.  I used trucks in my work, but we didn’t camp with them until about 2012 or so. By then it was just Beth and I once again.  Empty nesters. 

Photos from the Smokey Mountains. We were tent camping and had our bikes on a rake at the back of our 2009 F150 STX 4×4.

What I found though was that my old body didn’t still enjoy setup and knockdown of camp. I wasn’t thrilled with sleeping on a cot either. And I didn’t like getting out of the tent and to the campgrounds bathroom in the wee small hours of the night. I didn’t need to when I  was younger. 

So we evolved to trailer camping. Turns out we had a truck for towing. We could afford it, and having a bed, a bathroom, heat, and air conditioning turned out to be necessities not luxuries. Our truck made it possible to keep camping. 

Our first travel trailer. We did a lot to clean it up when we bought it on eBay. A 2008 FB189 Funfinder.

I actually wrote a short book about the experience. Here is a link to it at Amazon

And here is a link to a video that I did back then.

So we continue to enjoy the outdoors.  We take lots of digital pictures.  We have a good time. 

WEATHER GUARD Truck Boxes

While running my construction business I used a WEATHER GUARD Truck Box to maintain small tools for my crews. Stuff like razor blade replacement blades, tape measures, trowels, sponges, and parts for tile cutters, in addition to having a set of tools that were my own.

That box was tough and watertight. It was lockable with a dependable mechanism. It’s aluminum diamond plate finish looked good on my black F250 XLT.

These are a premium box and cost more than those basic tool boxes you’ll find at the big box stores, but the quality makes them very worthwhile. These are sold at Home Depot and Amazon, Tractor Supply, not to mention many other locations. Recommended!

Living with a Truck & Its Accessories

Expressing a few thoughts about having, using, and driving a pickup truck seems like a good way to open my ideas up about my business plans for FP4T, LLC.

  • The trucks of today are impressive.
  • There is a diverse assortment of complementary attachments and tools that aren’t available without a truck.
  • It’s a way to change your living experience.

Let’s get into these thoughts and consider them in more depth.

2009 Ford F150 Reg Cab STX 4X4

Current Truck Design & Technology

Where to begin? Certainly all current automotive design is a vast improvement when we look back at what was available a decade or more in the past. But there seems to be more involved concerning light truck development, as compared to a standard car. Both have the safety advances and the driver assistance features that we already expect. A recent pickup truck from any of the automakers has new features that really augment a truck and that reduces the negatives of owning a truck, while amping up the advantage that a truck has to carry a load, tow, and to do so in comfort and style.

Improvements

We are already used to some features and they are ubiquitous since trucks and SUV’s are so popular. Having a four door crew cab for example, and GPS Mapping Systems. Multiple USB ports, Bluetooth, and a dozen cup holders for comfort. Fuel mileage is greatly improved, while tow capacity and performance are much better. I used to get 10-12 MPG in my 1996 F250. It had dual fuel tanks with a switch to change tanks. My current F150 with an EcoBoost 3.5 averages between 18-19 MPG. It also has more torque and tow capacity.

There are many more positives. The point is that a truck is both nice to have for utility purposes, and it extremely comfortable, easy to drive, and is fun.

Trucks Fit Our Lifestyle

There are so many opportunities for recreation that requires equipment to enjoy. Quads, motorcycles, bicycles, gear for climbing, boats and other forms of watersports. Add to those my favorites involving camping. Camping trailers, tents, and all the stuff we carry to enjoy our truck camping experiences. Glamping – as they say.

And that’s just the fun stuff. We’re also a society of DIY remodelers and builders. We spend a lot of time and money at the big box retailers buying two-by-fours, plywood, cabinets and appliances to improve our homes. It all has to be carted home.

It’s no wonder that we feel a special attachment to our pickups. They are the key to much of what we consider our happy and productive free time.

The Direction of My Narrative

With all that said, I want to explore this world of stuff. The trucks, the trailers, and the equipment that is tied into this lifestyle. There is just so much to consider and to enjoy. We can look into sports, into businesses, and into travel topics. We can fantasize about the vehicles that are simply out of our financial reach, but at the same time find solutions that we can afford.

There are a lot of ways to enjoy our trucks. Let’s not eliminate any of them. I can start us off with what pushes my buttons, but I am hoping that some of you will want to share your ideas and experiences to. I would welcome your contributions to the topics related to trucks, trailers, tools, and toys.

I hope we can have some fun exploring these truck related topics together.