What’s Up With That?
I live in a small town and don’t have any personal experience with the Black Friday phenomenon. To be honest, I don’t know a lot about it.
Last year, one week before Thanksgiving, I was working in the Los Angeles area and went to Best Buy the Friday before Thanksgiving. There were several tents set up in front of the store and people were inside them. I thought it was some sort of store display, as most of the tents had music playing inside of them. When I entered the store, I asked one of the employees about the tents outside. He told me they were shoppers who were camped out waiting to be the first ones in the door next week, when the store would open early Friday morning, the day after Thanksgiving. These people were going to live at Best Buy for a week just so they could buy stuff!! I don’t get it.
Surprise, surprise! This weekend we went camping in the High Desert to celebrate my 63rd birthday. I usually do a birthday backpacking trip each year, but it is a week or two after my birthday; I spend birthdays with Joyce.
Where I live and hike, each year dozens of people are rescued because they lack the skills, experience, common sense, brains, or equipment to stay safe. And almost every year some die. And each year it gets worse, because people read about places to hike on the Internet or in trail guides and head out without the skills, experience or gear that could keep them alive.
Gear and equipment is important, if you know why you need it, how to use it, and when certain items are necessary.
If you hike or backpack, then you probably have heard of the 10 Essentials that should be carried on every trip, even day hikes.
Cooking in a camper is different than when on an ultralight backpacking trip. UL backpackers usually try to pare down the weight of every item, so small stoves and instant foods are the typical fare, not to say the backpacker can’t get fancy and prepare some outstanding foods from scratch.
But camping lends itself to gourmet cooking.
You may wonder why we camp in deserts so often and why I prefer to backpack in them too.
You may deduce that since we live in the desert, it is close and easy to pursue outdoor activities there. That is partially correct – but the desert destinations are by design. Back in 1977 I moved to Palm Springs because I wanted to camp and hike in the desert, along with several other reasons. So I thought I would pontificate On Deserts.
THE WEATHER IS HERE, WISH YOU WERE BEAUTIFUL.
A variation of the popular post cards that are sold in Palm Springs gift shops; which proclaim, “The weather is beautiful, wish you were here.”
Many people I know who are campers and/or backpackers are winding down their camping and hiking activities as we head towards winter.
So this past week I headed out to camp with my beautiful wife in the high desert area of Joshua Tree National Park. Unfortunately, it didn’t dawn on me that Monday the 11th was Veterans Day and all the camp grounds were full.
So we headed to the lower Colorado Desert to a place I knew would not be crowded, where we enjoyed our fourth consecutive week of desert camping.
What’s Up With That?
Ah, you may think this is a rant about balance of trade, or the evil Chinese Communists. Nope, none of that. It is about the water faucet in the kitchen in our new camper and the one in our 2006 Fleetwood Niagara.
Over the past several weeks posts have been primarily focused on camping in our new Milan 26RLS Travel Trailer. Does this mean backpacking has taken a back seat? Is camping better?
Yes and no.