This is the view from inside my teardrop trailer. How am I supposed to get any work done with a view like this enticing me to daydream instead of write?
I should’ve known the moment we stopped at the entrance gate to the Lost Dutchman State Park campground in Apache Junction, Arizona, that nature would be ready to play hard ball to win my full attention for the next two days . . .
We chose a spectacular campsite that typically is claimed by the camp host but was available during this trip. This week’s camp host was instead set up next door to the one we were interested in. Good thing, ’cause we fell in love with ours right away . . .
Cactus plants all around. Some very much alive . . .
others providing valuable service as they delicately decayed . . .
I enjoyed the outdoor space, while Mark took his time with setting up the trailer . . .
and a few “features”–like the outdoor shower . . .
and the chili-pepper lights and hummingbird feeder . . .
We have new additions to our teardrop trailer this time around; did you notice? . . .
I tried to settle in and stay focused on my writing for the day, but how could I? With Gambel’s quails strutting about the perimeter . . .
and cottontail rabbits bouncing about, too, it was all I could do to keep my head down and follow my own words. When I wasn’t distracted by the wildlife, I had this view to contend with . . .
The second day, we headed out for an early morning hike. There are many possible trails at Lost Dutchman, from easy to difficult. We chose a moderate one which afforded views like this . . .
after which we gladly ended the day like this . . .
Sadly, on day three, we had to leave. While packing up, we chatted it up with a man walking the road past our campsite. He was telling us about the campground’s wildlife, things to look for and look out for when, mid-sentence, a sizable bristle-haired javelina (a medium-sized, wild boar-like mammal) charged out of the brush and across the road behind us. Our dog barked her objection at the intrusion, inspiring the javelina to race by in a flash. I had no time to take a picture, but here is what one looks like . . .
Anyway, turns out the man we were speaking with was our camp host, and the camp host is a writer, and the writer had written a book.
“Fabulous,” I said. “What about?”
“It has to do with 9/11 and a cross-country bicycle trip I took. It’s about having hope.”
“Funny,” I said. “I’m writing a book right now that relates in part to 9/11. I used to live in New York.”
“So did I,” he said. Conversation followed of towns we both knew and a dozen other things we seemed to have in common, including something to say about 9/11 and the power to heal.
“I’d love to read your book,” I said. “And, hey, maybe some day when I’m done writing it, you could read mine.” We shared that excitement and encouragement commonly found among fellow writers and agreed to exchange business cards before Mark and I headed home.
Within minutes, Ray came back with a copy of his book as a present to us. I was blown away by his generosity.
Inside the front cover read the words, “Mark & Susan, Thank you for your adventuresome spirits & for being rays of hope in this world. Many Blessings”
I can’t wait to read Ray’s book, “Ray of Hope: Inspiring Peace”; something tells me I’m gonna feel good after reading it. As for you, Ray, if you’re reading this blog page, thanks for the thoughtful gift. I plan to pay it forward some day soon.
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How do you like your Teardrop? We having been discussing looking into one. Just curious about the pros and cons. We love camping and thinking a step up from a tent.
Hi, there! We LOVE our teardrop. They are right-sized when you don’t want to commit to the bigger rigs and don’t want to have any concerns about carrying a heavy load behind the car. Pretty much any car should be able to pull one.
We used to tent camp until three years ago when we custom built our teardrop. It’s the perfect cross between tent camping and trailer camping, because we ALWAYS get a safe, comfortable night’s sleep on our queen-sized mattress (we like using a blow-up mattress), yet aside from sleeping, we spend ALL our time outside, cooking in our outdoor kitchen (hidden neatly under the rear hatch of the teardrop), sitting at our outdoor table, and generally enjoying old-school camping. We have no desire of going ‘bigger’ from here. We love the fact that it’s easy to care for, quick to load, set up, and tear down, and didn’t cost us a small fortune. If you can’t build one yourself, you can definitely find an affordable used teardrop and fix it up to your liking (probably for under $6k, I’m guessing). For bathroom facilities, we bought an outdoor cabana tent called a Stinky Pete and keep a portable potty in it and hang our sun-warmed shower bag in it for taking showers. I really can’t think of any cons. We even have an air-conditioner to use if there is electric at our campsite. We don’t have a refrigerator though I have seen teardrops that do (set up in the kitchen area), just use a cooler which fits neatly in the kitchen for travel or on the side of the trailer while set up at camp.
I say “Go for it!” You’ll love the good night’s sleep!
I am excited with the idea. Now to get my husband on board. We love tent camping and the freedom it allows but I am ready for an easier alternative on our road trips. Thanks for the info!
You’re welcome. I’ll send out some good vibes that I hope will persuade your husband to buckle! lol
Such an interesting post. Thank you. SO many interesting people for you to meet.
Always! Sometimes a trip is more about the people we meet than the things we see. On a perfect trip, it’s about both. 🙂