Porteau, please.


The kids and I just got back from our inaugural camping trip with our new-to-us tent trailer!

We’ve been looking for one for a long time.  Three years, perhaps?  And in the mean time, we tented.  But every time I hauled all the gear out from the various closets, and dealt with malfunctioning air beds, torrential down pours, and a car that had to be packed with Tetris-like precision, I longed for the day that I could avoid all that and get off the ground at the same time.

We needed one on the lighter side, which are hard to find used.  We debated a newer one, or a camper, or a camper van, or converted bus (aw, why not, Jack?), but when it came right down to it, we just wanted to get off the ground and have somewhere to store our gear so it’d be easier to take off whenever we wanted.

And then I was looking on Craigslist, and saw a brand new ad for a trailer that weighed 975 lbs, and was only a few kilometres away.  Yes, please!  I emailed right away, and low and behold, we were first in line.  That never happens to me.

We went to look at it the next day, cash in hand.  The women who were selling it walked us through how to set it up, and even before it was fully up, we decided to buy it.  The owners’ kids are older than ours by about ten years, and they’ve upgraded to a Class C (swoon), so even though they were ready to sell it, they were sad to see it go.  But delighted to have it go to another queer family.  And in keeping with the world being small, we know about two dozen people in common, and two of our neighbours saw the trailer in our parking spot downstairs and said, “Hey, did you buy that from Janet and Tracy?”

It’s a trailer with a sparkly, rainbow reputation and two decades of family fun under its roof.  Good times!

We were already supposed to meet our beloved Rainbow Tie-Dye Camping Fairies at Porteau Cove for the day on the Sunday after we bought the trailer, so I decided to reserve a couple of nights and make it a proper — if short — camping trip instead.  I stuffed all of our camping gear into the car, so that I could sort it out and organize it into the trailer while we camped.  There’s nowhere to put it up here, so I couldn’t work my organizational magic on it before we left.

I managed to book the site closest to the cabin Pam and Robyn rented, and so we were close enough to them that we could come and go easily, and enjoy their brilliant company and yummy food.  (Thanks for feeding us, G-Mas!)

We love Porteau Cove, and with so many good memories made there already, it was the perfect place to launch our new tent trailer awesomeness.

How did we sleep?  The first night I worried about the kids falling out of the bed (which is higher than our family bed at home), and fretted about whether or not Hawk should sleep with me instead of Esmé.  The second night, Hawk bunked with me, and other than the 2am train rumbling through, it was great!

Thanks to the 2am train I was awake to check out the meteor shower.  I only saw one shooting star, but that was all I needed to make a wish before going back to sleep in my cozy, elevated, home-away-from-home.  Thanks be to ceramic heaters and electrical hook-ups, this was one excellent glamping trip, to be followed by many more.

ps. We’ve been leaving illustrated rocks all over the place lately; owls in playgrounds, hearts on beaches.  If you find a rock with a heart on it at Porteau Cove, it’s likely from us.  Enjoy!

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10 Responses

  1. Rebecca says:

    It’s perfect!

  2. Auntie Ruth says:

    We, too, were thriiled when we upgraded from tent to tent-trailer! It took no time to set up, there was tons of room inside, so easy to organize, and set up was competed within ten minutes of arriving. We bought ours from a family with three children who had moved on to bigger digs then we sold it to a family with three children when we moved on to bigger digs. Full circle! I know you will collect lovely memories on each of your camping adventures. Savour every moment!

    • Carrie Mac says:

      I remember the one we had when I was a kid … it was AWESOME. I’m so glad to be able to enjoy one now with the kids. And even more glad to be OFF THE GROUND. Yay, glamping!

  3. Janet says:

    Love seeing “D2″ loved by a new family! (My enthusiasm could be expressed all in caps, but that might come across as rude). The great pics made me a little teary, I’ll admit. So, so glad you folks are happy.

    Yes, the train through Porteau can be a shock. One night when we had our niece with us, she sat up straight when the train whooshed through (we were in site 40 at the end). The next night she slept right through it.

    Love that Porteau Cove.

    • Carrie Mac says:

      So lovely to have you drop by the blog, Janet! The trip was great, and we are so very pleased to be giving D2 a new home. We love Porteau, even with the train. Although it jars my nerves every time. Not the kids though … they usually sleep right through it.

  4. Cathie says:

    Looks like you all really enjoyed the ten trailer and had a wonderful weekend. We never tent trailered, we went from tenting as a kid to camper when Same was little. Me, I am more of hotel kind of camper..

  5. Marlas says:

    What happened to your westie??

    Tent trailers are awesome :)

  6. Doreen says:

    Love it, perfect!! Good karma too. I can hardly wait to try it out. So much better than tenting for my cranky knees. I hope you have years of pleasure with D2!!

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