Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Ah, the good old days!

I once asked a very wise person when were the good old days.  He surprised me when he said, "Right now." That may actually have be true, and now, twenty five or so years later, I have to agree.  After all, who can forget things like camping out, marshmallows roasting on an open fire, fishing or hunting far away from home? I try not to complain too much here (insert eye rolls) but I have some great memories from "right now."

When I was growing up, my "adopted" parents, Ed and Rae use to take my brother Stew and I on camping trips to go hunting and fishing and just getting away.  Ed and Rae's choice of accommodations was a pop-up camper. We traveled all over Colorado. No matter where we went, it was an adventure. If you've never slept 6 in a camper that sleeps 4, you don't know what you're missing.

Years later when I became a family man I wanted to relive those thrilling days of yesteryear.  One day while out running errands, I saw a pop-up with a for sale sign on it.  I drove over and looked it over. It was old but had been well taken care of.  The price was right, so I bought it.  It turned out to be probably the best investment I ever made in my life.

For many years we traveled to some of Colorado's best sites, sometimes with friends, sometimes just the two of us. The thing we had in common with all those years ago was every trip was an adventure; camping, fishing and sitting around a roaring fire at night.

A few years ago when I got tired of pulling the pop-up in all of the weekend traffic here, I gave it to my niece and her husband and daughter to enjoy.  I knew it was in good hands.  Shane gave the pop-up a lot of TLC, replacing the 1970s floor and curtains, added a radio and most importantly introduced their daughter to the outdoors.

Shane and Becky just recently bought a large new camper and passed the old pop-up on to friends of theirs. Now all I've got are these pictures and some great memories.