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Piedmont Campers

Share the Joy

Alone or with friends and family, camping in the region makes life a little better. Several Piedmont residents who also are enthusiastic campers shared with us some stories and details on what kind of camping they enjoy. While they all camp differently, and for different reasons, there are some recurring themes: getting away, enjoying the outdoors, and spending quality time with family or friends. MALINDA FLETCHER grew up camping, and my fondest memories are about camping with my dad. He had a VW van we’d take out and camp in. My brother and I were so into it that we even pitched tents in the backyard and slept out there sometimes. I started looking for a camper a few years ago. My aunt and uncle had a vintage teardrop, and I just loved it. I knew exactly what I wanted, and I lucked out when this one became available. I fell in love with it immediately. One of the things I really like about it is its weight. It’s only about 1,000 pounds, and I can tow it with my little Lexus. It’s really easy to drive around and park, although it looks pretty comical at bigger campgrounds next to those huge RVs. I have a set up that lets me camp off-grid, which I love. The camper has a propane tank and a 50-gallon stainless steel water tank with an old fashioned pump sink. I have a changing tent, a compostable toilet, and a solar shower. A lot of things are battery operated, like the lights and fans. One big upgrade I would like to do someday is to add bigger solar powered batteries, that way I could also have air conditioning. I do just about everything with my little trailer. It can sleep three, and it’s really comfortable. I go to music festivals, wineries and breweries, campgrounds all around here, and even offgrid in fields. I really enjoy it, whether I go alone, or with my daughters, or with girlfriends. Each experience is different, but special. Camping in Virginia is the best: there are so many places to go. In Rappahannock, we are lucky, we’re so close to Shenandoah National Park. The scenery is always beautiful year round. The thing I enjoy most about camping is getting away from everything. Getting out in touch with nature helps me relax and rewire my brain. I like to camp in remote areas, where there’s no cell reception and no traffic. At nighttime there’s no light pollution so it’s so dark and quiet. It’s just me and the crickets. Then I really feel I’m away from it all.

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BY CAMDEN LITTLETON

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