1 forum posts
Hi all. Its with hopes you can help me make this up and coming journey a safe and memorable one.
I am taking the next 4-5 months to prepare for a 6 month solo (with pooch) car camping trip throughout campsites located on the coast of Northern Cali, Oregon and Washington. The trip could start as early as January but no later than the first part of March. The research I have done thus far has indicated campsites are open at these times of the year.
I'm not sure how much info is necessary for the beginning of this post. Please work with me on this as the last thing I wont to do is bore you with all the tidbit information. My concerns include warmth, fires, wild animals, unfortunate intruder situations, car maintenance, etc., etc., etc.,
I will be staying in the back of my truck with a tight and secure camper. I felt this was best as if there were any intruders I could jump up into the front of the vehicle through the window and drive off, versus being stuck in a camper, rv or tent with nowhere to go. I will have plenty of blankets and the right sleeping bag to protect me and pooch from the cold elements. I have camped most of my life and have traveled thousands of miles solo with my pooch but none ever this long. I am excited but want to be assured I am prepared.
A few things I have learned thus far; the parks that allow dogs, what parks are open at this time of the year and of course their regulations and intend on making contact with these parks well in advance.
All in all, I still have questions though; how far away should the fire be from the vehicle, should i get my dog (long haired) who loves and endures the cold weather a coat and boots. Is dressing in layers enough or do I need certain fabrics etc. There are so many questions, most of which I probably don't know yet. Like for instance one that just came to my mind; sleeping in the camper during a lightning storm.. is this ok or should I get in the front of the truck?
It is with hopes your experiences can help me on this journey. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Robin