I have often considered how nice it would be to take a year off from working just to travel the country.
I have an obsession with America's National Parks. For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to travel and visit as many of them as possible. I think this probably started the first time I visited Yosemite, which I will probably consider the most beautiful place on this planet until I draw my dying breath. It is breathtaking, unless you have no soul, and if you have no soul you do not deserve to cast your eyes upon such features.
I sound like John Muir now, don't I?
But the man was onto something. As Ken Burns noted in his excellent 453 hour documentary series for PBS, the National Parks are America's best idea. And I've always wanted to just take a year off, drop the cell phone at my parents house and travel to each of them. In my dream, I bring along a trailer attached to my car, and I live in each park as long as I feel I need to. If I want to spend a month exploring the Grand Canyon, I can. If I decide to become a park ranger at Yosemite, I can.
The point is, this will never happen. But if it did, my camping trailer would look a little something like this: The Classic American Dream trailer. It's a teardrop trailer on a 4" x 8" frame, and there's a kitchen in the back with storage underneath. Oh, and there's a boat that attaches to the top of the thing.
I'll never stop wanting to visit all of the parks, to take in the beauty America hides away. Doing it in a trailer like this one, well, that seems like the only way to go. You don't even have to visit the national parks, of course; you can take this bad boy out camping by the river for the weekend, or out to the lake. From the looks of things, it can handle whatever you throw at it.
What do you think?