I don’t know man but camping sure had changed since I was a kid.
The overnights in the yard graduated to actual camping trips with my dad once I hit middle school.
And dad was the sort of guy who liked to get out of the air conditioning with regularity. So he would always invite me and I rarely said no. I imagine my mom enjoyed the quiet in the house. She could probably even hear the air conditioning clicking on. But these days, I just can hardly get any takers when I propose a camping trip. It’s really a disappointment for me as I find a weekend in nature both a balance and a perspective enhancer. My kids see it as needless time outside of the heating and cooling cocoon of the house. They’d much rather play online games then get out of the air conditioning and have a swim in a creek. So in order to even get them out of the HVAC at all during the summer, I have to make certain compromises. Well, that’s a bit of an understatement as what passes for camping is barely recognizable to me. But if it will get them out of the house and out hiking, I’m in. However, I had to draw the line when my oldest daughter wanted to buy a portable heating and cooling unit. Not only was I dubious about the actual productivity of this gadget but that was just over the edge. We’re already car camping, in separate tents and I’m providing sleeping cots inside the tent. That and the shower and bathroom at the campsite is about as far as I’m willing to go.