With our fast paced and time sensitive days, taking the time to unplug from all of the social media and phone alerts is beneficial for our sanity. Of course, we all daydream about being whisked away for a weekend, but the majority don’t act upon their urge due to responsibilities or perhaps finances. Although obstacles may be in the way of some, it is important to escape the jungle of work and go to a place that allows you to breathe in freedom and peace.
This past weekend, I ventured off to the Western Sierras where the creeks are dinkey and the trees are towers. The surroundings stole the breath from my body in awe as the woods always seem to do. I didn’t worry about the notifications of twitter or how many likes I got on the latest picture I posted. I focused on the noise of the fire crackling, the engraved lines on the trees, the mountain breeze, and astonishing beauty of my surroundings. I got to swim in a natural pool so refreshing you felt it in your bones and sun bathed on nature’s sun-heated lounge chair, the rock. Later on eating dinner in the evening where the weather could not be more perfect, I took advantage of small moments of that time to be grateful for where I was and who I was with. Only for a few days, you see, so this trip was all about simplicity and keeping things light. I have always camped in a tent with an air mat and a sleeping bag, which this form can be rather complicated sometimes with all of the equipment involved especially when you have to set up at night. I have never gone “glamping,” however, I was up for the challenge to turn my VW Golf into a mini car camper.
Here’s how I did it
The Golf is only a small coupe hatchback, and from the outside, it looks miniature. Don’t judge by the size, as the inside can comfortably fit two people under 6 foot. To make this idea come to life, a platform needed to be built to supplement and serve as an extension of the flat space from the folded down seats. With a plank of wood and four wooden legs, an extra foot was added to the sleeping quarters. At this point, I could have added any type of mat or air mattress, but attempting to keep it budget friendly, I used the gel mat from off my bed. Keep in mind, there are actually mattresses out there that fit the back of your car or tents that properly attach to your hatchback, but of course, I tried to keep it “simple.” This ended up being a mistake since it was not enough plush support and consequently felt like I was sleeping on a cushioned rock. Tossing and turning, I used my giant pillows like Rose from Titanic used the wooden plank in the water to stay afloat and survive the night. Previous to actually sleeping in the car, I attempted to turn the back into a tent since I knew that it would get too warm being enclosed. I took the front of the backpacking tent that I had bought last year and cut up that poor $20 investment. I used the zipper door itself to serve as airflow, and it worked! You want to know how I managed to keep it from blowing away? Binder clips, yes, binder clips. This experiment turned out mediocre since it was the first time, however, it was sure an interesting one. As I continue to experiment, I will share my findings most definitely.
What can I say? I am all about the adventure and trying new things. As my trip came to an end, I ended up spending my last day up in the mountains on an emerald-green lake in a small cove eating Doritos. I also got to captain and drive my own boat around the lake for the first time, which was definitely something I needed to check off my bucket list. This small getaway was a treat, and I am appreciative for every moment. Whether you are an avid camper, a once-a-summer camper, or you have never been… go online and book yourself a camping trip. Do it, it’s good for you to wander.
This is the beginning of a mini series called “VW Ventures” where I will be writing about the adventures of car camping and unique camping hacks.
Stayed tuned for a new post this Saturday!
———-Check out the campground I stayed at!———–
Sierra Nevada Geotourism- Dinkey Creek Campground
Till next time,