Camping is a singular privilege in my book. However, we don’t all live near good sites and have the time to take off on a whim to escape the routine of our daily lives. If we can, it is pure joy. Getting away from it all sounds like a cliché, but it is oh so true. Everyone needs a change of scene and a way to refresh the body and spirit. You can do this at the gym, in a spa, residing in an urban four-star hotel, or in your man cave in the basement of course. I like the idea of outdoor camping in the wilds. There is nothing better and it is the cheapest of them all.
I have one condition, however. I have to have something to do while “out there”. I can’t just sit tight and daydream or twiddle my thumbs. I can go for a hike, get on a bike, cook up something yummy on the campfire, or swim in the lake; but when it comes down to it, at night I want to relax and listen to my favorite music like Nirvana – yeah the whole Kurt and Courtney show. You ask why? Let me tell you about punk rock… well, that’s another blog.
I need a generator along to power up the batteries that are sure to go dead as much as I like to play and replay my favorites on a cell phone or iPod with my trusty little speakers. The right music lifts my mood and sets a tone. I get juiced and inspired. Did I say camping had to be relaxing? I have been known to move a bit in time to the beat, in private that is. No Instagram photos here please.
You think a generator is a lot of trouble? Not really. They aren’t all huge – there are plenty of modest small generator models on the market that are easy to transport and have just the right amount of power for little things like your night light or laptop. Honda makes a good one for an affordable price. You will never be bored. You want to drive a hairdryer or electric toothbrush? You can do that too. It is a handy device for even a very short trip. It doesn’t take much room in the van and isn’t heavy to tote around. Better yet, get a friend to accompany you who likes your kind of music and they can do the dirty work for you!
I once forgot my backpack with all my essential musical gear loaded inside. That was a tough weekend. I had to hum to myself (just kidding). My friends all laughed and thought it was amusing that I was so at sea. They had their music, of course, and it wasn’t to my liking. They would blast it just to irk me. This lapse will never happen again or I will find new friends with better taste. They think they are more current and up-to-date, but I beg to differ. There is a certain era you can’t replace in my opinion.