Hello from Ohio! I've been lurking about for a few weeks and finally registered yesterday. Already, I've learned quite a bit! I'm pretty new to camping in general. My parents had a boat when I was a kid, but that was about it. I pretty much believed that I wasn't the camping type until six years ago when my boyfriend convinced me to try a tent for just a couple of days--and I was immediately hooked. Even after that time we were surprised by a severe thunderstorm that twisted our canopy frame into a pretzel and then dumped buckets of rain all over our gear so that we had to bail out a day early. Into every trip, a little rain must fall (at least in our experience), so I'm looking to upgrade to a pop up to give us just a little more shelter on days when the weather doesn't want to cooperate. I'm hoping to take the plunge later this year and trying to learn all I can in the meantime. I have two granddaughters (3 yrs and 18 mos) that I'd like to take along on adventures, so that they don't waste so many years not knowing how fun it can be!