8-6-2010

Hi! Thanks for stopping by.

I started this blog to share my current camper build project, as well as pass on news and information on my upcoming book releases, etc., regarding two of my passions: writing and camping. For those of you who bought my first book, “The Tenderfoot’s Guide to Family Camping,” you’re already aware of my love of camping and the outdoors.  That passion has become somewhat modified over the last eleven years since The Tenderfoot’s Guide was published.

Now that the kids are grown and on their own, (as I am), I’ve decided to build a TTT, (Tiny Travel Trailer), to peruse the backwoods and beautiful mountains so abundant here in the South and North Carolina area.  While some of the comforts of the twenty-foot travel trailer I had when the kids were young won’t be available in my TTT, it’ll beat the daylights out of sleeping on the ground in a tent, (these old bones just can’t take that anymore), and be the perfect size to pull behind my four-cylinder Toyota Tacoma.  I love that truck and plan on driving it until it just won’t go anymore.  If you’re familiar with the longevity of Toyota trucks, you know that I’ll be driving “Lil Truck” for many years to come.  My TTT has to be small enough to insure the future of Lil Truck’s transmission, as well as give these old bones a warm/cool, comfortable place to rest, snug and dry, at the end of the day.

If you share my interest in Tiny Travel Trailers, or the now-famous Teardrop trailers, I have been corresponding, at length, with some of the great folks on the Teardrop and Tiny Travel Trailer Forum. The friendly, knowledgeable people on that site offer a never-ending wealth of information on anything T&TTT; all free for the asking, (although, should you decide to join and stay a while, Mike, the sites’ founder and administrator, is always grateful for any donations to help keep the site going). The friendly folks on the forum have offered immeasurable help to me in the planning stages, for which I will be eternally grateful. I’m really looking forward to meeting some of them at one of the many upcoming camp outings. There’s a T&TTT chapter in almost every area of the country; and even some overseas.  Just open any of these links to the T&TTT.  Drop by and check out some of the amazing work these great people have done in creating some of the sharpest, most elaborate, little campers you’ve ever seen.  It’s awe-inspiring to see what a bunch of creativity and a lot of imagination can do in finding ways to squeeze so much into such a little space.

My project, henceforth known as “Nosty’s Nook,” has been on the drawing board for the last three years.  Due to some unfortunate events, (shamelessly broadcast in my latest book, Born Bent Over: Flashing the Vertical Smile at Middle Age), the build was put on hold for a few years. During that time, I have changed and re-designed the plans more times than I can remember.  Now, getting my TTT built and into the woods has actually become a quest.

And the time has finally come.  I’ve been collecting all the requisite goodies over the last three years and have just about everything I need to “get-er-done.”  I say, “just about,” because, if you have the camping bug, you know that there’s always some new, must-have, gadget coming out, guaranteed to make this or that campsite task so much easier.  Kinda makes you wonder how the pioneers ever managed to build this beautiful country we live in BC:  “before Coleman.

I’ll be posting pictures and anecdotes here as the build goes on. Feel free to send me an email or comment if you should see something you like or don’t like; or just to say hello.  There’s also a link to my homepage here should you be interested in one of my books, or in reading some of my short stories.

In the meantime, I’m off to the backyard to make some sawdust.  I hope you’ll stop back often to watch the progress, including any and all goof-ups, on Nosty’s Nook.

Until next time, Happy Trails!

Brian

©Brian Greenleaf 2010.  All rights reserved.

4 Comments

  1. Can’t wait to see the process. We have a pop up that we are ‘rejuvenating’ this summer too. I can learn from your screw ups!

    1. Hi Shandra,

      I don’t envy you the pop-up. That was one of the first ones I did back 100 years ago. Canvas work stinks! *laughing*

      I’ll be posting pictures after the weekend. Mother Nature has been a doll today and I was able to work outside the entire day. Got a great deal done.

      I really hope the pop-up works out for you guys. There’s no better hobby in the world, when the kids are young, than camping. It’s relatively inexpensive and you get the kids away from the TV and the video games and out in the woods, swimming and having fun as a family. Some of my most cherished memories are from when the kids were little and we were off camping two weekends a month.

      The baby’s adorable, by the way. Keep posting those pictures.

      Talk to you soon,

      Brian

    1. Hi,

      Glad you enjoyed the blog.

      Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you on your comment. I’m new to Word Press and wasn’t aware of the comment response function.

      Thank you for your kind words. I do appreciate it.

      Please stop back every week to see how much trouble I’ve gotten into, and please, feel free to let me know what you like and dislike about the blog.

      Gave a wonderful week, Brian

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