I met up with Joann, a new buddy from my online women-campers’ discussion board. We had no plans other than just hanging out in the woods. I was looking forward to meeting her and touring her nifty camper.
Joann was familiar with the campground and described it as nice and shady which helped me overcome my aversion to hot-weather camping. She also warned me that there was no cell service and no internet signal. This would become a significant issue later.
|Loop B, Site 19. |
Water & electric = $12/night
On arrival, I had no problem identifying Joann’s rig.
This is an A-Lite, the smallest trailer made by A-Liner at a little over 400 pounds. Folded up, it measures 6 x 6 feet. Joann says the camper gets lots of attention and she doesn’t mind giving frequent tours. She pulls it effortlessly with her Ford Ranger.
Joann is a recently-retired teacher ready and eager to embrace her new long-awaited life of leisure. Her plans include frequent camping. She's a wonderful camping buddy: smart, accomplished, funny, with many interests. She's got a great set-up here with one of the most ingenious outdoor rooms I've ever seen.
We had a great time! And although the humidity was stifling, the temperatures were in the low-80’s. Of course, we didn’t know Murphy was on the way. More about that in another post.
The first evening, we were sitting outside gabbing when Joann mentioned she was a geocacher from way back in the early days of the sport. I was familiar with the concept and have been hoping to try it one day. The next morning, we decided to take the GDB into Heflin (about 15 miles away) and give it a go.
What fun! Just by chance, I parked the GDB at the Cleburne County Courthouse and Joann pulled up geocaching.com.
There was a cache at that very spot! Somewhere around there.
I set my GPS and off we went. We searched all around. And searched some more. Joann finally found the micro-cache that contained a log book. I'm not sure I would ever have found it on my own. I've got a lot to learn, I guess!
I was all ‘oooh, let’s do another one!’. We tried without success to locate the next cache at the city lake boat ramp. Never did find it. So I’m 0 for 2. But it was an absorbing way to spend a couple of hours. I can see how geocaching will allow you to explore places you wouldn't otherwise have known about.
|We learned the history of this charming courthouse.|
It was a lovely getaway - I made a new friend and found a new hobby!
I continue to be amazed that I equally enjoy both traditional camping and scampering from place to place always on the move.
More about Mr. Murphy next time. Hint: I’m flat-out tired of mechanical issues; they really let the air out of the fun!