Camping: the ‘everybody’s happy’ version

May 23, 2015


So, here’s the scoop. I have had intestinal distress for a week now, but really had my heart set on camping. However, it is Memorial Day weekend, which means that everyone and their dog will be camping, and camping is a private activity for me. No drunk strangers, please.

So I mentioned to Lloyd that we could just move the Honda (which has been sitting in the back of driveway for a year) and park the Prius there so I could camp in the backyard. He went above and beyond!

I came home to find that he and Harold had moved the benches (thank you, Harold!) then he swept all of the leaves and mud away so we could use the firepit! Score!!


It was perfect. I set up the tent, built a fire, made dinner using the grill and a microwave – as God intended – and was blessedly close to a bathroom. Lloyd moved the wireless router so he could have Internet, so everyone was happy.

Lesson learned? I need more trees planted around the patio so the neighbor’s withering looks can’t hurt me. 🙂

The Habitent is a good thing. We had no condensation, and slept with our heads toward the back of the car. The screen was down and I clipped the fabric door so it was halfway up. We had a little rain but no water came in. Downside? My back hurts a wee bit. I will soon be too old for this.



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5 Responses to “Camping: the ‘everybody’s happy’ version”

  1. Deborah Said on:

    That looks perfect!


  2. Brad Said on:

    Did you just say that you need something planted in your yard? Woo hoo! I am so on it!


  3. Lauren's dad Said on:

    Glad you were able to camp out! To bad you weren’t here. It was and is raining!!!!


  4. Lane Said on:

    Thank you SO much for sharing all of your plans and experiments! It is so helpful. I am preparing for several carcamping expeditions this summer (or one big one) from Charlotte, NC to Niagra Falls and back again, and I think that the Habitent would be very nice to have. Not absolutely necessary perhaps, but wonderful when I am in a real campground and not going “incognito” in a parking lot or neighborhood! My main question is whether the Habitent was truly watertight? That would be really important to me. Best regards from Charlotte, NC.


    • Lauren Said on:

      Hi, Lane! I think you would really line the Habitent. We used it last summer when there was rain and through we had to rig a tarp as a ‘porch’ so we’d have a dry area to get in and out, there were no water issues inside. Happy camping! 🙂


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