|The "Freezeree" at the Paul Wolfe Shelter|
The temperature got down to 17 degrees
Now, Billy and I are not on the same page when it comes to hiking and camping. He likes to hike, but his idea of roughing it is a Motel 6 without cable. So, we are planning to buy a pop up camper. It's the perfect compromise between Billy's need for a warm comfortable bed at night and a home-cooked meal that is not dehydrated, and my need to get outdoors and sleep in a tent. Plus pop ups are inexpensive and we can tow it with our van.
|Our next home|
The other day I was reading about campsites. Oh boy, here's the downside of car and RV camping. The campsites seem to be crowded and noisy. A lot of them don't have any kind of barrier between the sites. How is a person supposed to "get a way from it all" in an environment like that? With electricity, water, sewage and even WIFI, why bother to leave home? A lot of RV's even carry antennas so the "camper" can watch TV. If you are going to bring your home with you, why not just stay home?
According to the forum, campsites are plagued with raging drunks, pothead teens, rednecks having marital disputes, and worse yet, jerks who cut down live trees for firewood.
|The Paul Wolfe Shelter|
|Mill Stream next to the Paul Wolfe Shelter|
|Mike's pristine privy|
Anyway, if pop up camping is going to involve camping in a forest of Winnebagos, I think I will pass. I'd prefer to "boondock", which is to camp in places without hook ups or heated bathrooms, usually in national forests. I'm hoping that as we explore the U.S. and Canada over the next few years, we will be able to camp in places like this the majority of the time.
Nothing will bring our adventure to a halt faster than a night or two next to drunks whooping and hollering until 4 a.m. On the Pop Up Portal forum, the members described campers firing up their ATVs in the middle of the night to drive to the bathrooms. And setting off fireworks for hours on end, night after night.
If I don't get a good night's sleep I'm crankier than usual. And my filter, which has worn thin over the years, will disappear altogether if I have to deal with a-holes. I'm likely to get myself shot by some banjo-toting hillbilly. I'm not exaggerating; some of the stories on the forum made Deliverance look like a Disney movie.
|Lead me to the Long Green Tunnel, otherwise known as the AT|
Boogie Pilgrim on the AT
I’m on the trailI hiking from south to north in a season
Up each hill and down each hill
I’m either too hot or cold or I’m freezing
Feels like I’m gonna make it, gonna make it
I’m gonna hike like Boogie Pilgrim
Boogie PilgrimHiking the AT
All kinds of weather
Down on the mail drops
Down on the side trails
It never gets easy
No it never gets easy
My hike’s completeI hiked the trail the way I wanted
Walking on the AT every day
Sometimes I pooped and sometimes I peed
And I took a shower when I needed
But my hair got dirty, dirty, so dirty
And the hiker funk always stayed with me
Just like Boogie Pilgrim
(c) 2014 Renata Manzo