Wikipedia describes glamping as a combination of “glamor and camping with the amenities.” It is usually associated with tent style of camping and in some cases retro style RVs. My definition of glamping is more for the “average Joe.” For us, it is an RV, trailer or motorhome, with flush toilets, bath and showers, hot and cold running water, a fully functioning kitchen with at least one bedroom. Prices for this type of new home on wheels may run from $15,000 to hundred’s of thousands of dollars. Within a few minutes we were set up with all of the amenities of home, albeit smaller.
During our first trip we stayed at KOA’s. They are all different, but also have basic minimum standards. One had a beautiful pool, offered live entertainment in the evening and a pot-luck every Tuesday. The same venue had shuttle service to the honkey tonk district of Nashville. All had many amenities for outdoor games, snack bar, easy access and friendly people.
I captured some of the RVs that were in the campsites where we stayed.
If you are in the Northern Hemisphere this time of year you are most likely experiencing cold, rainy, icy and snowy weather. It won’t be long now before some of us get “cabin fever,” that irresistible urge to break out of the house to somewhere, anywhere, just to get out of the house. Here’s a tip, check out your local museum. If you are near a large city you are likely near one of the country’s best places to visit, indoors, away from the wind and cold. These are great places to renew your interests, learn more about something you perhaps haven’t taken the time to consider.
Last month we were visiting my son and his family and we decided to visit one of the Smithsonian’s museums in Washington. It was a short drive for us. I had a lot of fun looking at vintage aircraft up to and including the Space Shuttle, “Discover.” But here is another tip, don’t go with young children unless you have a stroller. We expected to rent one, but they didn’t rent them out so our time was reluctantly short. I included a few pictures below and some kinks to museums that may be near you.
Happy traveling indoors for all of us who are locked into winter time in the Northern Hemisphere.
- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
- Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
- Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois
- Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, Illinois
- National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Missouri
- National Museum of the US Air Force, Dayton, Ohio
- The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan
- The Children’s Museum of Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana
- Children’s Museum of Houston, Houston, Texas
- The Getty Center, Los Angeles, California
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York
- Frick Collection, New York City, New York
- National WWII Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
- National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
- The Smithsonian, Washington, DC
- Newseum, Washington, DC
- USS Midway Museum, San Diego, California
- Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle, Washington
- National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida
- The Ringling, Sarasota, Florida
Day 2: January 9, 2014
At about noon central time, Korean Air Flight 38 left Chicago, Illinois and I left the Arctic Vortex covering Canada and most of North America. The temperature was 9 degrees Fahrenheit this morning. That was a warm up from the -13 degrees and -38 degree windchill from a few days ago.
This is my first international flight (economy) on a non US airline and it was so much better. Let me count the ways.
- Plenty of leg room.
- Nice size media device with lots of entertainment options, each seat
- Garment hanger, each seat.
- SUB part, each seat.
- Complimentary head phones, pillow, blanket, tooth paste and brush and slippers.
- Wine, soft drinks, two meals and snacks provided.
- Delightful crew.
I had to fly first or business lass on US airlines to get that kind of service.
About five hours into the flight we left Canadian air space and crossed into Alaska. Next up is the International Date Line. We crossed it about six hours and 45 minutes into the flight. From here we entered Russian air space coming across the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk. Then we followed the Russian coast line along the Pacific to South Korea. To avoid North Korea, we swung out into the ocean coming into South Korea.
We took off on time on the second leg of the trip, a nine hour flight from Inchon, South Korea to Brisbane, Australia. This flight was equivalent to the red eye from our east to west coast. This flight turned into day 3.
This summer my wife and I traveled to Dodgeville, WI to attend a wedding. We stayed at the recommended hotel, the Don Q Inn. We arrived late and were so tired that we missed the 1951 C-97 Stratofreighter parked in front of the hotel on a slight bluff. However, in the morning we were surprised to see this apparition. It has an interesting history, being primarily used as a military transport, and photographed in two television commercials with Farrah Fawcett. This C-97 was part of a fleet of aircraft produced by Boeing. They were used in the Berlin Airlift, Korean and Vietnam wars. Some were made as luxury liners for public transportation.
It was an amazing piece of history that I didn’t expect to find at a wedding in rural Wisconsin, but I am glad I did.