By Jelane A. Kennedy
Each winter as the snow falls and piles into beautiful drifts it is not unusual for even those of us who love winter to dream about our next camping adventure, especially when winter is taking a long time to shake loose. This year has been one of those years when winter still has a hold on us here in the north. March brought three weekly big storms and April has been one of the coldest in a while; just last week as I drove between Connecticut and upstate New York I saw ice on lakes and snow still on the ground. This weekend brought temperatures in the 70’s and again at the beginning of the week there was a drop into the 30’s.
It is the dreaming about camping and the change in seasons that helps when the weather of spring is on its wacky ride. Thinking about those nights out under the stars, hanging out in front of the campfire, listening to the frogs and crickets as night falls, hiking the next mountain peak, or heading out to the latest waterfall. All things that make me think of camping.
I look forward to each March my KOA directory arriving via snail mail. All shiny and new with thoughts of where we might go and what we might see. Lately they ask if I would prefer the digital version but I always say “no”. I love getting the paper version that I can dog-ear and come back to. I always put the new directory in Abbey our van and take the year old one into the house for a reference copy, recycling the two-year-old one.
This year Eileen and I decided we would try going to an RV show again. In the Albany area when we went to one, we discovered that instead of multiple dealers sharing a show space it was usually just one dealer making a show. So this time we wanted to find a “real” RV show with a bunch of dealers and lots of products so we could roam and look, oh and ah. And we found just that at the Springfield RV camping and outdoor show.
We arrived after lunch and found out there were three buildings filled with every imaginable RV, information about campgrounds and gadgets galore. Since we were only there for the afternoon we concentrated on looking at RV’s, primarily small travel trailers and Class B (vans and small motorhomes). Here are some that we found:
The Compass – bigger than Abbey but not real stealth!
Falcon Trailer – Big red and lots of storage!
TAB 400 trailer – so cute and retro!
Airstream – a classic!
Travato camper van – the next generation of Abbey!
We know at some point we will need to move to our next van. Who knows what it will be, we love Abbey and all the adventures we have been on since she became ours in 2007. But we both know that we need to start to consider what is next, so we will continue to dream about our next camping adventure!
© 2018 Jelane A. Kennedy