I don't hike or backpack in the woods/mountains because I am deathly afraid of bears and cougars, but the cost of travel is so exorbitant. The gas, food, hotel, etc. I am on a very strict budget after last years unemployment and certainly cannot afford an RV. BUT....I can afford a cheap tent and a blow up mattress and campground fees.
I have a vision of something like this
But this probably more my reality:
In fact, this looks very similar to the tent I just bought on sale at Big 5 for $69.95. Honestly, this is a little too rustic of a camp site for me. I am thinking a nice picnic table, grill, lots of grass, next to a river, and a bathroom within 20 yards.
I reserved a riverside spot at a camping resort type of place in July for 2 days. Running water, bathrooms and convience store on site. I made sure my tent was big enough to stand up straight without hitting my head and big enough to hold 2 double size mattress because I don't plan on camping with anyone I want to be that close to. I have personal space issues. And I want one of those double high mattress, which I will make up with regular sheets/bedding. I hate sleeping bags, too confining.
Now I have not taken the tent out of the box yet to give it a test drive in the back yard. I am hoping I will be able to put it up by myself so I can do some solo camping. I am really looking forward to hearing the river at night and waking early in the morning to sit by the river and drink a nice hot strong cup of coffee!