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. 

My Thoughts on a Clean Truck

If you go through my posts it’s easy to see that over the years my journey has included many trucks. Having been in the construction business it was necessary. I have over the years spent many a day washing and waxing my truck. I can remember the first new truck in 1982. It was a very stripped down F150 Ford. It was a stick shift, on the floor, and it was a three speed. The engine was a straight six cylinder. The truck was red and it had a red interior with a vinyl bench seat. It had a radio. I can’t remember if it was just AM, or if it was AM/FM. There wasn’t any cruise control or power anything. The windows were crank up, and the floor was a heavy plastic. I used to hose out the floor and there were drainage holes in the corners for the purpose. To protect the truck bed I had a sheet of 3/4″ exterior plywood that stayed in the bed of the truck.

It isn’t work when you enjoy the effort!

I kept that truck clean and enjoyed the work cleaning and waxing it. I still keep my truck clean. It’s a bit harder for me now though. I need a nap afterwards.