10 Things to Bring on a Camping Trip
I have camped -- ages ago! -- but I am not a camper. At all. Period. Not in any way, shape or form. Don't try to convert me; I've heard it all about how much fun it is; I don't like it. It is not putting it mildly to say that I hate it. There are certain aspects that I find quite appealing, but the big picture involves too much work (before, during, and after) and WAY too many variables. Hell on earth, to me, would be spending wasting a rainy and/or humid and/or mosquitoe-y vacation week (or a weekend) in a tent (or a camper, doesn't really matter) -- clothes that never dry, wet sand that sticks to everything. Ugh. I have roughed it, spending many a summer in a cabin that had no indoor plumbing, but that's my limit. I like walls, a roof, a solid floor, electricity, a real bed.
I might be able to "camp" in a motorhome, but it's the "motor" part of "motorhome" appeals to me most. My dad took us on a trip around Lake Superior in a motorhome when I was 12 and it was one of the most fun and memorable vacations I've ever had. Can we do it my way? Let's GO!
6. My bike
8. Board games and cards
10. Marshmallows, graham crackers, Hershey chocolate bars
By the way, my motorhome is pointed toward the Maritimes and beyond.
One of the most amazing and beautiful things I saw at Conrad Art Glass & Gardens on Sunday was this long, narrow, curving, somewhat undulating, bench-like fence structure that held a multitude of miniature gardens planted mostly in hypertufa vessels. There were so many things that I loved in this particular spot (hello, hostas nearby! hypertufa! succulents!), where do I begin?
The fence is built on and from an old arborvitae hedge. You can see the trunks in their role as fence posts in the photos above. The crosspieces and "xylophone" top are all created using the cut branches. It is just nothing short of spectacular in its creativity and beauty. I am completely in love with this fence. There, I said it!