Summer is a time for fun and camping.
A beauty of a book is "Teardrops and Tiny Trailers" by Douglas Keister. It's full of glossy photos and many examples of clever design both functional and stunning on the roadway. Get inspired by restored tiny trailers. The images in this book will make you nostalgic for little luxuries as you commune with nature.
Recently we were camping at El Capitan north of Santa Barbara and in the site around the corner was one of these custom tiny trailers. I candidly walked over to snap a photo but it had already moved on. I did however get a photo of the skunks circling our tent as we watched them from the campfire praying we wouldn't get sprayed. Luckily we escaped that smelly fate.
With five kids and four adults at the site we managed with all the "stuff" we forgot to pack and talked about how well organized and equipped those tiny trailers were.
If only I had referenced my Girl Scouts handbook ahead of time, packing might have been more effective. Speaking of the Girls Scouts, it's their 100-year anniversary and "Here Come the Girl Scouts! The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure" by Shana Corey, commemorates the founding of the Girl Scouts organization with this gorgeous illustrated book.
It's the story of Daisy Low's life and includes inspiring quotes such as, "To get the full benefit of actual contact with Nature it is absolutely necessary to camp out ... where every breath of heaven can reach you and all wild things are within easy reach."
So true! Just watch out for the smellier wild things.
Have a super summer and enjoy the great outdoors.
Nancy Arruda is the owner of on Main Street.