This past year has been full of monumental life moments. Our family grew by adding a daughter-in-law through marriage, we will be adding a son-in-law this December and recently added a grandbaby to the mix! This has left us little time or money for vacations!
A Mini Summer Vacation – Glamping…
As this past summer season moved along, my husband Dan and I were regretting not taking an extended period of time off for vacation. After a couple of discussions, we decided we needed some relaxing time together and the rapidly approaching September long weekend was our last chance!
Immediately, I started perusing some Air BNB listings. As I scrolled throw the site I discovered the Bunkie. A mini-cabin with electricity and a double bed. The listing promised “camping without the hassle”, it looked like Glamping to me! How can 110 reviews be wrong?! After a quick consult with Dan, I booked the weekend! The anticipation of our glamorous camping weekend was sweet. We enjoyed researching the area and deciding what we were going to see and do.
As our glamping weekend was fast approaching, I figured I had better check into the Bunkie’s amenities and start to gather supplies. This is the moment that I realized, in my haste, I missed the part about no available water source… I knew there was no running water in the Bunkie, but I did not realize there was no water source on the property. Oops.
In communicating with the Bunkie owner he assured us that we would be able to shower at the local gym if we needed to. Problem solved! We decided that Saturday night we would work out, shower, go out for a nice romantic dinner and hopefully still be clean enough for church Sunday morning! Over the next few days, as I planned and gathered camping supplies, I was not enjoying the amount of work that it was taking to prepare! It was not feeling like a glamorous camping experience.
Finally, the day arrived for us to head out on our mini Bunkie vacation. After a short drive, we arrived at our destination and hiked up to our Bunkie. It was really cute and we were excited. It took a few trips up a fairly steep hill to carry in all of our supplies.
Once we had unloaded our supplies, a quick look around and I realized that this was not the glamorous camping that I had envisioned! The last few renters had left their recycle piled against the Bunkie, along with some litter… the fire pit was a bit of a mess as well.
The Bunkie itself looked clean, however, when I pulled that power cord out from under the bed it brought along with it an exercise roller, a deodorant stick and a pair of a previous renter’s dirty underwear! Ummm… Ewww! At this point, I was questioning this fellow’s 100+ 5 star reviews! Where was my relaxing glamping vacation!?
The Adventure Begins…
This is where we decided this vacation had become an adventure and not glamping! After some time cleaning up the Bunkie site we unpacked, played some cards while enjoying the beautiful view and headed out on some adventures.
The gym ended up being closed for the long weekend so we set up a makeshift outdoor shower… glad it was a secluded spot! And, if you want to hear more wonders of the composting toilet… I am not a fan! Overall, our vacation was enjoyable.
Yes, Bunkie Life is easier than camping. But I have learned that the term Glamping is relative! Oh, and in case you think I am a princess! “Glamping is where stunning nature meets modern luxury.” I believed I experienced some stunning nature with some modern conveniences… but definitely not luxury.
Have you experienced a Bunkie or Glamping? I’d love to hear about your experience! Tell me about it in the comment section below!