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Genie and I first saw a T@B last fall in Rocky Mountain National Park. I was so intrigued that I shot a couple of pictures of the rig. We didn't think about it much more until our July 4th family gathering this year. Cousin Tab and Rebecca from NC bought a camper van in preparation for a drive to Alaska next summer after retirement.

We started camping again several years ago after a long hiatus. We take a trip or two each summer, and have planned to go camping in Utah the last two winters. The rigors of setting up tents and sleeping well have limited our camping. Nothing worse than breaking camp in the rain. So, after seeing several more Teardrop style campers on Pinterest, I started doing some research. We found a dealer near us in Colorado, and, under the influence of a full moon, went out last weekend and bought one.

We both lost our Moms over the last few years. Reflecting on the love of travel and adventure that our mothers instilled in us, we decided to name our T@B Mom, in honor of our mothers. We set off in a couple of days on our first camping adventure with Mom. Stay tuned as I post pictures from the fun places we take Mom camping.

 

Sunrise on a big day

Sunrise on a big day

With the T@B, we are ushering in a return to winter camping, something we have not done since 1973. In fact, on that trip, we stayed in this very same campground, in Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park

Bobcat by the road

Bobcat by the road

As we drove up to the park, we saw a bobcat cross Peak to Peak Highway. Took some stills and video.

Driving by Long's Peak

Driving by Long's Peak

with a nice mantle of snow. People climb Long's Peak in every season.

Moraine Park

Setting up the T@B

Setting up the T@B

with our friend Beverly Gholson, who came with

Glittering snow, blue sky

Smokey, our watchdog

Beautiful day in the park

Warming by the campfire

Sun sets over Long's Peak

Night sky

Stars come out

Beautiful Evening

Beautiful Evening

very little wind, lows in the 20's

Camping under the stars

Morning has broken

Morning has broken

when the sun hits the camper, it's time to get up.

Smoke on guard

Smoke on guard

after hearing coyotes howl

Enjoying the Morning

Sun on the Diamond

Sun on the Diamond

the sheer face of Long's Peak

First T@B Sighting

First T@B Sighting

We saw our first T@B camper last fall in Rocky Mountain National Park. I was intrigued enough to take pictures

Love the Tag Line

Love the Tag Line

I go where I’m towed to.

Gregg folds up into a T@B

Gregg folds up into a T@B

After doing some research onlne, we found a dealer who carries them. Once I made sure I fit inside, we bought it.

Call me Mellow Yellow

Call me Mellow Yellow

The color is Mellow Yellow, quite rightly.

Home away from Home

Off Grid Living

Ready to Roll

Ready to Roll

In our new Tab. We call it Mom, in memories of our mothers who instilled in us the love of travel and adventure.

Looking inside

Galley

Seats fold into Queen Bed

Call me Mellow Yellow

Interior Panorama

Gregg at the Table

Gregg at the Table

The table drops down, and becomes part of a queen size bed.

Ready to Roll

Ready to Roll

Heading out on our first camping trip with the T@B

Headed to the Poudre River

Headed to the Poudre River

We set up beside the river at the Kelly Flats Campground up the Poudre canyon.

Ready for Business

Ready for Business

Set up takes five minutes as we unhook from the car, drop the stabilizers on each corner, and voila, ready to camp.

Beautiful Campsite

Beautiful Campsite

A few feet from one of my favorite fishing rivers.

Sunset rolls in

Sunset reflected in the Window

End of another off-grid day

Sleek Lines draw attention

Sleek Lines draw attention

We run into T@B envy wherever we go, as people want to see this tiny teardrop camper

Wade in from Camp

Wade in from Camp

It's great when you can fly fish right out the door of the camper.

Enjoying the Water

Smoke goes fishing

Smoke goes fishing

I got Genie some waders and boots, and she and Smokey come out on the river with me.

Hooked into a Rainbow

Catch and Release

Catch and Release

Send him back for another day

Afternoon sun on the cliffs

Driving up the Poudre

Driving up the Poudre

Checking out the upper river. The Poudre flows out of Rocky Mountain National Park as a freestone river, undammed in the canyon

Upper Poudre

Upper Poudre

Many great fishing spots on this river. It is also a popular white water rafting spot.

Kicking back by the campfire

Kicking back by the campfire

Genie is ready for me to grill some dinner on our Element stove.

Second Trip to the Poudre

Second Trip to the Poudre

Setting up at another spot in the Kelly Flats campground

Campfire Time

Campfire Time

Few things I enjoy more that a campfire

Full Moon Rising

Stars Shine Brightly

Star Gazing

Solar Power

Solar Power

The LED lights, the cooling fan, and the water pump all run on a 12V battery. The T@B is wired for solar panels to charge the battery. The fridge and water heater work on propane or 120V, if you have a hookup. The AC unit only works on 120V.

Quiet Time

Quiet Time

It's great to arrive at the campground on a Sunday or Monday afternoon, when you get your choice of the best sites.

Crystal River Camping

Crystal River Camping

On our first two trips, we learned about the necessity of a sunshade to keep you comfortable when there is no natural shade at a campsite.

Bogan Flats Campground

Bogan Flats Campground

We reserved two campsites for three nights of the Labor Day Weekend up near Carbondale in the Aspen Valley. Our son's family joined us with their tent. They brought the 13' whitewater raft for fishing and fun.

Sunset on the Crystal

Sunset on the Crystal

The Crystal River flows into the Roaring Fork. Both rivers are great trout streams. I fished the Crystal while Andy floated the Roaring Fork with the fam. The next day, he and I floated and fished the Roaring Fork. Great fishing, Great fun.

Genie enjoys another campfire

Genie enjoys another campfire

We gave our son the shadier, more secluded campsite, and enjoyed campfire camaraderie with the family.

Roasting Marshmallows

Roasting Marshmallows

Our granddaughters, Miya and Jasmine, love to roast marshmallows for S'mores over the firs.

Sun sets on another beautiful day

Can I have one?

Can I have one?

The consistent refrain from passersby who stopped in to see the T@B.

Reflecting on the Day

Reflecting on the Day

Looking at the sunset reflecting on the camper.

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