Camping Preparations for our trip with our YUPPIE WAGON TRAILER 2006
|Every year since 1993, we have vacationed at the Lair of the Golden Bear, the family camp sponsored by the U.C. Berkeley Alumni Association. The Lair is in the Sierras near the little town of Pinecrest. We are getting ready for our annual road trip now. Our SUV will have six people in it, plus our stuff in the "Yuppie Wagon" (a small enclosed trailer with a polyethylene shell) we just bought. The Lair provides the tent (canvas top, wood floor and half walls), 3 meals a day, arts and crafts and sports and campfires, so we just have to get there and settle in. Part of my job is to make and manage The List of Stuff. Here are some of the items we are planning to bring to the Lair:|
- a flashlight for everyone (with fresh batteries)
- bedding: sleeping bag, pillow, etc.
- fitted sheets to cover plastic mattresses
- clothes: including shorts, jeans, bathing suits, sweatshirt, jacket,
hat, hiking boots, hiking socks, water sandals, etc.
- 2 big towels for everyone (a bathing towel and a swim towel)
Other stuff for each person
- reading material, songbooks
- camera, extra batteries, charger
- day pack or fanny pack for hiking
- bug repellent
- canteen or hiking water bottle
- toiletries in bag or caddy
- personal medicines as needed
- money for snacks, movies, etc.
Stuff for everyone:
- games (especially "Wheel & Deal", "Scrabble", and "Dread Pirate"), dice, cards,
poker chips, game rulebooks, etc.
- Christmas lights to decorate tent
- tent chandelier, reading lights, extension cords, etc.
- alarm clock
- ice chest, water dispenser
- drinking glasses
- cheese board and knife, wine opener
- laundry supplies and quarters, clothes line and pins
- step stool
- folding chairs
- pup tent
- trash bags
- clay, clay tools, glazes
- white clothes to tie dye or paint, extra rubber bands for tie dye
- camelback water pack and water filter
- picnic blankets
- walkie talkie sets
- paper towels
- binoculars for birding and stargazing
- basic tools: hammer, nails, screwdriver, etc.
- clothes hangers
- medicine chest, first aid supplies
- bear mascot
- extra batteries
- laptops and chargers
- solar garden lights on stakes (to mark the trail for trips to the head in the dark)
|IT ALL FIT WITH ROOM TO SPARE|
UP DATE THE YUPPIE WAGON TRAILER SURVIVED ANOTHER FAMILY VACATION
|SEPT. 4, 2009 After our week at the Lair, we drove our truck and Yuppie Wagon trailer over Sonora pass 9,624 feet, through the stark and lovely Emigrant Wilderness to Nevada's capital Carson City, where we visited the Nevada State Railroad Museum. We then drove to Vacaville to see the newly-in-use Nut Tree train (on a very tiny track, alas!) and the Consolidated Rock & Mineral shop. We stopped off in San Francisco to drop off my mother and pick up our two new birds and then drove home to San Jose.|
STOPPED AT POOT'S HOUSE OF CACTUS WITH OUR EVER FAITHFUL YUPPIE WAGON
TRAILER IN TOW, BEHIND OUR TRUCK.
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