Laura and I took our first REAL camping trip last week with the Casita! We left on Thursday, April 14th for the Townsend, TN KOA for the 9th Annual Eggscursion Rally
on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We came back on Monday, April 18th. My brother and his wife attended the rally
as well in their new ’16 Coleman 19DS.
Here are my random thoughts and comments:
1. Gosh packing the Casita
and getting ready to go is a lot of work!
I am sure we will get better with time.
2. The Borrego towed the Casita
beautifully. I learned a great deal about how to use the transmission when going up/down hills.
3. Setting up is work, too, but fun!
4. The rally
was tons of fun meeting all kinds of folks with egg campers (Casitas, Scamps, Escapes, etc.).
5. The Townsend KOA was outstanding; however, they pack you in tight. Given we were there to socialize at a rally, not a problem.
6. Meals and coffee taste amazing while camping. The only meal that we ate out was on the drive to Townsend. All meals were at our campsite except for one hiking picnic and one rally potluck. Eating out is fun, but not really on our agenda for this trip.
7. Slept great in the Casita
. Laura’s purchase of a 4” memory foam pad with an additional pillow-top cover on top of the dinette cushions made for near perfect bed.
8. The weather was AMAZING. Each day was 70 to 78 degrees. The nights ranged from upper 30s to mid 40s. The camper was 52 degrees a couple of mornings, but the cube heater would have it 20 degrees warmer in just a few minutes. Good excuse to go back to bed for a few minutes.
9. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is beautiful. I never get tired of going there. We drove and hiked around Cades Cove. We also hiked Chimney Tops. I did this hike 35 years ago when I was 18 during my spring break of my freshman year of college. I hiked all the way to the top. It looked steeper and scarier through my 53-year-old eyes. My brother and his wife made it to the top. Heck, it scared me to watch them. I think 21 years of parenting has made me cautious!!!
10. Bought a sewer hose extension to make sure that I would not repeat my performance of setting up the trailer too far from the sewer connection relative to my hose during our shakedown night a couple of weeks ago at our local KOA. Guess what happened when I set up? I needed about another two feet of hose, so I broke out my new extension hose only to find out that it did not fit with my older hose despite being the same brand. I am committed on my third trip to park the trailer first and foremost relative to the sewer connection!!! ☺
11. Packing up is work, too! And, a bit of a downer.
12. Unpacking after getting home is also work. Noticed the camper smelled like a campfire and we didn’t even have one, but we did enjoy other’s campfires.
13. Perhaps it is because I am new to camping and RVing, but “normal” daily activities that one does at home require a level of mindfulness and engagement in the moment while camping. I like this. Being in the moment of fixing breakfast, making coffee, taking a shower, etc. I like the focus on the task at hand.
14. As I have mentioned previously, the campground reminds me of what the American neighborhood should be!!!
Looking forward to our next trip next weekend to a KY state park about 2.5 hours away. Perhaps we will be a bit more efficient and effective with our packing, hitching, unhitching, setting up, breaking down, hitching up, unpacking, and unhitching!
Thanks to all for your support and camaraderie as Laura and I have joined the camping, RVing, Casita, and Egg Camper