With a family of 5 kids, our summer vacations were always doing camping trips at State parks. I can remember the heavy brown canvas wall tent that you didn't dare touching in a rain. Later my Dad got a heavy duty sewing machine and made our tents like today's light weight nylon tents. I was in the scouts from Cub thru Explorer and went to Boy Scout camp in the summer. My buddies and I also tent camped as youngsters as we'd load up our backpacks and take off on our bicycles and ride far from home for the weekend (at 12 years old). Later my Dad (Marine Corps Drill Sargent) started my brother and I on winter camping trips in the Pocono Mtns. in PA and later into the Adirondack Mtns. in upperstate NY near Lake Placid (Mt. Marcy). We'd snow shoe in and backpacked up. Later we advanced to the White Mtns. and climbed Mt. Washington numerous times in the winter. We'd backpack in at Pinkham Notch and camp at the base of the Big Headwall and next day climb over Lions Head and Alpine Gardens always summiting every trip. This was in the middle of the winter as we roped off on our summit climbs and wore crampons and used ice axes. Hard core stuff. As an adult, I've continued this same passion and had been a very active backpacker until I discovered water sports and morphed over to wilderness paddling/camping with canoe/kayak. I've done numerous week long hundred mile paddle trips all over the country and 2 sea kayak expeditions, self guided, to Alaska. One trip was 9 days out and the other 2 weeks. These days you'll find me on my favorite mountain lake in SE Oklahoma at Broken Bow Lake. This is an Army Corps of Engineer lake built on the Mtn. Fork River. I'll usually go up for 4 days and launch my canoe with camping gear and food and paddle in to a wilderness camp spot (no designated) and set up base camp and go hiking and do day paddles. Sometimes it's my wife going, a buddy or I'll go solo but always have my Dutch Oven. And so, that brings us to now with my new to me PUP camper. Deb was diagnosed with breast cancer last November and has had chemo and surgery a week ago. Her days backpacking are probably over and wilderness camping via canoe may be on hold for awhile too. I want to get her out camping again but in an easier way for her as the PUP feels like a good fit for us. We've only had our PUP a few weeks now and haven't had it out as her recovery from surgery continues and has radiation next and then breast reconstruction. Looks like late Fall or next winter we'll get the new camper out. Meanwhile going thru my 04 Starcraft, doing the maintenance and cleaning it up and learning more about this new way of camping for us.