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Big – I Mean Little – Dreams

December 9th, 2009

Winter is a time for dreaming. During the slow months of Jan-Mar we usually have more time than we do the rest of the year. We always have big plans for this time, things we want to build, places we want to go, things we want to see. We love camping and hiking vacations, so this time of year we always start dreaming of our next hiking excursion. Generally we car camp with tents and occasionally we backpack with or without a tent. We always admire little trailers we see when we’re out and about and have dreams of getting one “someday”. We spotted this little beauty on our last camping trip to the Catskills.
We decided that instead of searching for the perfect little camper that’s light enough to be towed by our MINI, we’re going to build a small teardrop instead! We may have enough time this winter, if not hopefully next winter. Until we build it we’ll keep dreaming about it and all the places we’ll take it. It helps keep us going during these cold dreary winter months.

What are you dreaming about during the slow winter months?

14 Comments to “Big – I Mean Little – Dreams”
  1. Mangochild on December 9, 2009 at 8:10 am

    I’m dreaming about how to get through the winter! Really, I mean it. How to make this time of year enjoyable and not dread each day as I’ve done in years past. I’d like to think of ways and things to find to enjoy about the season – if there is something I can enjoy or look forward to, I’m sure it would be much healthier!
    .-= Mangochild´s last blog ..Spotlight: 2009-2010 Dark Days Weeks Two and Three =-.

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  2. kristin @ going country on December 9, 2009 at 8:51 am

    It’s a MARSHMALLOW! That’s what we called the little white campers my family stayed in every summer when we lived in Alaska and went to the coast for a week for deep-sea fishing. Five people in one of those is a real treat, lemme tell ya.
    .-= kristin @ going country´s last blog ..Laundry Weather =-.

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  3. Dave on December 9, 2009 at 9:37 am

    That sounds like a big project! Where’s you favorite park to camp in? We enjoyed the Smokey Mountains when we lived there but since having kids haven’t been able to do much camping or hiking. Someday maybe.

    Right now I’m just dreaming about getting my greenhouse-shed done!
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..Sharp-Shinned Hawk in My Garden =-.

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    • Susy on December 9, 2009 at 4:23 pm

      I don’t know if we have a favorite. We really enjoyed the Catskills last time we were there. We would like to hike all the peaks in that park. We love the Smokies as well, although it can get busy.

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  4. Tree on December 9, 2009 at 10:35 am

    I can’t wait to hear more about this “teardrop” would love to know how you build it and what you do with it.

    We car camp with my folks. My mom wants Dad to build a platform that can be towed by her little car that would hold all the supplies we bring (with boxes built into the sides that would hold all the cooking gear etc.) and I am excited to see if this gets done this winter.

    I love camping with my parents and so does DH (because it means if he isn’t feeling all outdoorsey he doesn’t have to feel guilty about staying home). We put up two tents and a screen house. Usually I pay for the sites and they bring the food (works out to be the same), this past summer things were tight for us so my mom paid for everything and told us just to come along and relax.

    I love being in the out of doors. When we were little and had a pop up camper we had an attached screen porch (with floor) and I would beg to sleep out there.
    .-= Tree´s last blog ..More Craigslist Success =-.

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  5. Julia on December 9, 2009 at 11:10 am

    That is so cool you are building a teardrop. I love those little guys! I’m always ogling little campers. One day…in the meantime, I am loving the beginning of winter and it’s cozy dreams. I always think of my garden and what it’s going to be. I can obsess about it constantly!
    .-= Julia´s last blog ..Clementine Marmalade =-.

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  6. deb on December 9, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    I’m usually dreaming about going someplace sunny & HOT—the carribean always sounds good around Feb/March.

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  7. melissa on December 9, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    oh how cute!

    I live in Houston so our winter months are not so cold and slow. We have only had one freeze (it’s 50-something today) and the leaves are still changing color (strangely enough) so right now I am still dreaming of cold weather and Christmas.
    .-= melissa´s last blog ..Best of 2009 Day 8: Best Moment of Peace =-.

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  8. Conny on December 9, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Dreaming of Spring and what to plant next season. I also dream of rainy winter days because that’s when I can get some book reading done. Hopefully you’ll post pictures of the teardrop camper. Cheers ~ Conny
    .-= Conny´s last blog ..Corner view – evening =-.

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    • Susy on December 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm

      Oh yes, we’re planning on starting a blog to chronicle the building of the tear drop and all the trips we take in it.

      I too love winter reading, my list is getting long. I had better get started!

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  9. ChicagoMike on December 9, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Slow summer months.
    .-= ChicagoMike´s last blog ..Some Dehydrating =-.

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  10. Dan on December 9, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    It would be cool to have a little camping trailer, you could go anywhere with it! We used to have a tent trailer when I was a child. I won’t recommend them… moldy smelling things and you fall out if you roll in your sleep like I do.

    I dream about the garden most during the winter. Although winter is not my favorite season I do enjoy it for the most part. I like photographing snowy landscapes and capturing ducks & eagles. Nothing better then a blue feb sky… well maybe blue aug sky’s are better :-)
    .-= Dan´s last blog ..oh baby it’s cold outside =-.

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  11. deedee on December 10, 2009 at 1:00 am

    we too dream of the perfect little camper, except i want an airstream. unfortunately, i don’t think a tiny little camper will fit us for about 20 years, so for now i would take a big airstream, but they’re a little out of my price range! the other problem with getting a big one is that i then need something bigger than a minivan to pull it… but at this point with 4 kids & 4 dogs i think our next vehicle will probably need to be a suburban…

    my ultimate dream is to hike the AT when our boys are all in high school. if that’s not possible, then for just nick and i to be able to do it someday. i read books about it all the time… i love to hear different perspectives from all of the different hikers. their stories are all different, but always interesting! i would start in the south so i could vacation in maine when we finished:) my ultimate favorite vacation destination!

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  12. Peggy on December 13, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Wow, sounds great! What are we dreaming about this winter? Well, our winter is going to be jam packed as we are moving from Alaska to Indiana in January. Two parents, 3 kids (2 are non-driving teens), and 1 but possibly two dogs (little one is 14 lbs, big one (the maybe) is 95 lbs) driving 3712 in the dead of winter!

    Right now I’m just frantically trying to get everything in the mail by Tuesday so it might be in time for Christmas! After that it is back to sorting as the new house we’ve bought is smaller than the present house!

    So I’m dreaming about slower days… Hmm maybe next winter! :)
    .-= Peggy´s last blog ..And what to my wondering eyes should appear…. =-.

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