Looking to find your own paradise? - Denny Scott editorial
With the pandemic still dogging us at the end of the summer last year (remember when we thought this would be a two-week incident?) Ashleigh and I decided that, as new trailer owners, the best bang for our buck would be to find a place we like and try and get a seasonal spot for this year.
That was no easy feat, thanks to the number of people who had the same idea, but we were able to find a spot at a somewhat local campground that had everything we needed: a water attraction, some playground equipment and a short enough drive that a four-year-old’s bladder can manage it.
I guess saying everything “we” need was a little more broad because, if I’m being honest, I could make do with any tree canopy. The perfect campground for my daughter likely includes a place to swim, a playground and a way to watch television and play video games on rainy days. To my wife, the perfect spot is where she can have a campfire and fall asleep at night.
To me, it’s one activity consisting of three things: a chair, a tree canopy and a good book. Also, having a seasonal spot means I
don’t have to back the trailer in and pull it out every weekend to enjoy some time off the grid, which saves time, frustration and limits the number of accidental curse words I mutter when trying to get the trailer level.
Having a travel trailer is great. It opened up a lot of fantastic experiences last year for our family. While we would’ve loved
to continue to have those experiences, spreading our travelling out beyond Huron and Perth Counties, the simple fact is, we wouldn’t have been able to under the current lockdown rules.
Sure, the new rules coming into effect might allow more travelling, but up until now, transient camping hasn’t been allowed.
Heck, technically we’re not allowed to camp at our seasonal trailer location right now. People can only attend their sites for maintenance work and then only for 24 hours, unless they’re moving there semi-permanently and then they have to stay there for more than 14 days.
As much as I’d love to spend the entire spring and summer out there, I don’t know there would be enough space for Mary Jane to attend class and me to work.
Heck, there’s barely enough space for that in my office at home which, square-footage wise, is probably close to what the trailer offers.
So for the past few weeks we’ve made daily maintenance trips, staying no more than 24 hours. That meant cutting grass, building a miniature deck (or a giant landing, depending on how you want to look at it), setting up permanent plumbing or just
getting other parts of the site set up every weekend.
It’s made for some hectic weekends, especially since we’re limiting it to one day most of the time (versus what we did on the long weekend: go to the trailer for a day, come home, then return some time later for another 24-hour period).
Once we’re allowed to go and stay at the site without having to return home every 24 hours, everything should be just right.
Back on point here, while I’ve been out for those 24-hour-or-less periods, I’ve set up what I consider my perfect spot: it took time, but I figured out the best spot to stay in the shade and still catch the breeze while I thumb through a good book.
While I’m sure I’ll enjoy taking a dip in the lake (or the pool), or even just having a campfire and cooking up some s’mores, to me, the perfect way to relax is with a book in my hands.
The spot was the most important part, however, as I’m a light sleeper and trailers don’t cater well to people like me. Every
time someone uses the washroom, turns over fast or hits a knee on a wall, I’m awake. That means that anywhere I’m reading a book may quickly become a place I fall asleep, and I don’t want to wake up looking like The Citizen: black and white and read all over.
Anyway – that’s my happy place: in a reclining lawn chair with a book (or e-reader) listening to the breeze in the trees, the birds chirping and the occasional mosquito getting slapped.