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.
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
As we drove up to the park, we saw a bobcat cross Peak to Peak Highway. Took some stills and video.
with a nice mantle of snow. People climb Long's Peak in every season.
with our friend Beverly Gholson, who came with
very little wind, lows in the 20's
when the sun hits the camper, it's time to get up.
after hearing coyotes howl
the sheer face of Long's Peak
We saw our first T@B camper last fall in Rocky Mountain National Park. I was intrigued enough to take pictures
I go where I’m towed to.
After doing some research onlne, we found a dealer who carries them. Once I made sure I fit inside, we bought it.
The color is Mellow Yellow, quite rightly.
In our new Tab. We call it Mom, in memories of our mothers who instilled in us the love of travel and adventure.
The table drops down, and becomes part of a queen size bed.
Heading out on our first camping trip with the T@B
We set up beside the river at the Kelly Flats Campground up the Poudre canyon.
Set up takes five minutes as we unhook from the car, drop the stabilizers on each corner, and voila, ready to camp.
A few feet from one of my favorite fishing rivers.
We run into T@B envy wherever we go, as people want to see this tiny teardrop camper
It's great when you can fly fish right out the door of the camper.
I got Genie some waders and boots, and she and Smokey come out on the river with me.
Send him back for another day
Checking out the upper river. The Poudre flows out of Rocky Mountain National Park as a freestone river, undammed in the canyon
Many great fishing spots on this river. It is also a popular white water rafting spot.
Genie is ready for me to grill some dinner on our Element stove.
Setting up at another spot in the Kelly Flats campground
Few things I enjoy more that a campfire
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.
It's great to arrive at the campground on a Sunday or Monday afternoon, when you get your choice of the best sites.
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.
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.
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.
We gave our son the shadier, more secluded campsite, and enjoyed campfire camaraderie with the family.
Our granddaughters, Miya and Jasmine, love to roast marshmallows for S'mores over the firs.
The consistent refrain from passersby who stopped in to see the T@B.
Looking at the sunset reflecting on the camper.