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A POP-UP SUMMER
I’ve always wanted a camper. As you may know, I’m a huge nature lover, and spending time in remote places is one of my favorite ways to relax. Tent camping is a ton of fun, but as I’ve learned from experience, it’s not always the best when you’re camping with young children. I figured the arrival of summer was the perfect impetus to step the Thomason family camping game up a notch. The first decision we had to make was which type of camper would make the most sense for us. We don’t have the space for a full- sized RV at the house, and I wasn’t thrilled at the idea of paying a chunk of change every month to store the RV in some far-flung lot miles away from our house. After doing plenty of research, we came to the conclusion that a pop-up camper we could fit in the garage was our best option. So far, I’d say we made the right call. To test out and fiddle with the camper, we took the kids to Roystone Hot Springs in Sweet. It may not be anyone’s idea of off the grid, but we wanted our maiden voyage to give us the chance to make any adjustments before heading off to wilder surroundings. As a bonus, it was a ton of fun. Now that we’ve ironed out the kinks, I’m looking forward to spending a good portion of the summer exploring some remote places. In my excitement to get going, I’ve already booked a few places to visit, including a trip to Deadwood. I’m also trying to pressure my brothers into camping in Copper Basin with me. If you know of any spots worth checking out, I’m open to recommendations. The more secluded and farther off the beaten path, the better. Camping, Biking, and Exploring the Wilds of Idaho
More than anything, I’m looking forward to introducing my kids to the wonders of camping. In our daily lives, we are constantly connected to an endless stream of stimulation and information. Our phones buzz with alerts throughout the day, and emails seem to arrive every second. For me, taking some time to disconnect is the perfect remedy. There’s nothing quite like being in a place where you can’t go online even if you want to. My hope is that the pop-up camper will provide just enough comfort to get the kids excited about camping without making it feel like just another trip. When I think of getting away from it all, I don’t want to imply that I spend my camping trips in quiet contemplation. There’s certainly some of that, but I also enjoy firing up the dirt bike and tackling some terrain. That’s another thing I hope to get the kids into this summer. I was lucky enough to receive the “brother discount” on a 50cc Honda, which will be the perfect introductory bike for Avy and Jett. Given that Max just turned 1, I think I’ll wait a little while before I get him behind the handlebars. Like a kid with a new toy, I’m looking forward to spending as much time as possible with my camper this summer. Fingers crossed that, by the end of it, my family doesn’t think I secretly want to become a reclusive mountain man.
–Dr. Chris Thomason
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