Archive for the ‘Camping’ Category

Inspired by The Clash…..

October 25, 2008

Should I stay or Should I go?

A couple of days in San Fran or stay at home for some R&R – perhaps a lightning trip to Snowdon?

How to decide? Aha, back to the Trundlin equation – a complex algorithm of time, money, weather and relationships.

For the moment I’m pondering……

Twixt Seattle and Vancouver…..

October 17, 2008

……lies Bellingham, one of those places in the Pacific Northwest that constantly features in magazines’ “Best towns to…” features.

Check out the Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism website’s outdoor recreation page for an idea of what you’re missing .

It may be time to head for the hills!

October 6, 2008

“Survivalism” isn’t something you hear about too much in the UK. The Americans have a vast expanse to lose yourself in. Where your stockpile of guns, tins and candles won’t be found.

When Capitalism fails and anarchy takes over (tomorrow maybe?), if you;re English you’d do better to hole up in Russia, or wildest British Columbia.

Why? Well, nowhere in the UK seems to be more than a brisk walk away from civilisation (used in the loosest possible sense for most provincial English towns!).

Not quite as remote as a Shetland Bod, but a good introduction to a remote area are the lodges at Cadair View (http://www.cadairviewlodge.co.uk/).

Family friendly, great for exploring, mountain biking, walking, or just being away from the rat race, “off grid”. Check out the photos on the website and give it a go!.

Cadair View Lodge

Cadair View Lodge

Shetland Bods

September 4, 2008

If you like isolation, and want to escape the hordes, then a trip to Shetland will blow the cobwebs away!

A camping bod (http://www.camping-bods.com) is far from the madding crowd by any stretch of the imagination.

Getting there might take a while if you don’t live in Scotland or Norway (there are regular flights from Bergen and various Scottish cities) but like the San Juan huts I blogged about recently a stay in a bod here will certainly enable you to “switch off” from the 21st century.

If you;re a writer, artist, thinker, photographer, romantic or hermit then a bod might be for you!

 

Become a snail, carry your home with you.

August 20, 2008

The life of the open road, Route 66, Route 101, the A30.

A30? Yup. If you live in the UK, then hitting the A30 means you’re on a road trip, heading West. Cornwall.

What better way to do it than in a VW Camper.

You can buy a new/old one from about £22,000 (Danbury) or if you’re not quite that committed then there are a number of rental agencies, from which you can hire a T2 Kombi for your surf trip.

Sevendegreeswest offer a comprehensive service and will have you trundlin on your way in no time. Visit their website for inspiration.

Trundlin in the San Juan mountains, Co, USA

August 18, 2008

There is no greater opportunity to vacation at your own pace, than when you set the pace.

A bike, a BOB ( www.bobgear.com ) , and some free time are all that are needed to leave schedules and timetables behind.

Set off from your front door and the world is before you, all the better if you call home the San Juan mountains in Colorado as the San Juan Hut System ( www.sanjuanhuts.com ) means you don’t need to carry a tent.

Huts or yurts ( Wiki: Yurts ) ( www.huts.org ) are ideal for hardy Trundlers and as you will see if you do some research on the sites mentioned its not just a Summer option, skiing from Hut to Yurt in the Winter months is is a great way to Trundl at the pace of nature……