My husband, Todd, plus I have made a family tradition to go camping at least once a year.

My friend and I started this tradition the year that we were married.

Back then, we opted to go camping in a tent. I do not know why on earth we put ourselves through that much misery. My friend and I would take half a afternoon just to get everything set up for camp. My friends say that setting up camp is a good bonding time for the family. I think it is a good bonding time for their family, but it is more like a separating time for ours. My friend and I used to get so irritated with one another while trying to set up camp. The hardest part was staying in the tent without air conditioner. It would be almost ninety degrees in the tent sometimes. After we had our first son, I told my husband that I could not do tent camping without air conditioner anymore, so he looked into renting a loft for a couple of weeks in the summer, then long story short, we ended up buying a loft at a easily good price, plus we camp a lot more now that we have our own cabin. The best part about camping in our loft is that we have air conditioner. I no longer have to sweat through each plus every night. It is attractive to say the least. After a tepid afternoon of kayaking, it is so nice to come back to an air conditioned loft plus spend the night in luxury. I would not go back to tent camping if someone paid me to go back. Air conditioning is too attractive to go back to tent camping.

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By Steve