“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
Nature has always attracted me. Since I was a very young child, my dad took me hunting. As a child the woods were so consuming to me, engulfing my imagination and spirit of adventure. Trees stretched to the sky and blended into a heavy canopy that allowed bars of sunlight to pass through, making patterns and the heavily leaved floor. Birds sang songs for me all day long. Even now, as an adult, I feel small, almost immaterial, in a vast expanse of woods.
The smell of dirt, natural debris and rotting wood is wonderful. It carries a clean, fresh feel to it. I enjoy finding a massive oak tree and guessing its age. What or who has walked under this tree in its lifetime? Has the trunk felt the vibrations of war? This is a living and, literally, breathing thing that is hundreds of years old! Seeing the “big boys” in the California, the margin moves to thousands of years. No, I am not a tree hugger of sorts, but even the Bible tells us to take care of what we are given. And with this in mind, my wife and I are looking to get into the travel trailer game . . . a way of enjoying the outdoors and relaxing in nature.
If you have ever read my blog in recent posts, it is obvious that I enjoy diving into the research of things. Whether I am buying a pair of tennis shoes or a travel trailer, I spend weeks and weeks doing my due diligence to find what is the best product to give me the best results. The Internet has made this more of a problem for me. Now, the travel trailer is consuming my research time. The bad thing is that I am finding myself spiraling deeper into unanswered questions connected to which travel trailer is the best. Here is a small sampling for those who might want to help me:
- Do I need different towing permits as we cross from state to state?
- Must I stop at the weigh-stations along the way?
- If I am hooked to the campsite water and sewage, why would I have to flush grey and black water?
- Are there alarm systems for travel trailers?
- Is having a firearm in your travel trailer the same as having one in your home? Or do I need a permit for certain states?
- If my truck has a towing capacity of 7,000 pounds, what is the “comfortable” area for me? 3,500? 4,500? higher?
- Do I travel with fresh water in my tank?
- If I live in the South, do I have to do the antifreeze flush thing?
- How much time does two 30 pound propane tanks give me?
- While traveling, does the refrigerator just run on propane only?
These are just a few off of the top of my head. To say I am excited about our new adventure is an understatement. We are so excited and are thinking of making the purchase somewhere around the December-January area (cheaper?). That will also give us time to dial everything in before the camping season rolls in. Yes, the camper will be equipped with a bicycle rack. Are you kidding? Of course we will be riding! It is just another cool aspect of the whole idea: drive to a certain area, relax and ride new roads.