5.5.12

big bessie's night out

 introducing the newest member of our family...
 big bessie!

ever since our 2009 foray into bed over cab freedom, purchasing gus with julie, lowell and my parents in new zealand, we have been on the lookout for a cheap and reliable motorhome to facilitate free camping in our own neck of the woods.  not only was big bessie for sale in chilliwack, but she's based on the same full size '88 chevy van that i grew up with.  my dad sold our van at 380k, so at 180k, bessie's got some spin in her duellies yet.
big bessie was certainly cheap.  it remains to be seen whether she is reliable.  she did prove herself strong and functional on her first voyage to a beach on the fraser river, 15 minutes drive from our house.  road trippin!
having an indoor kitchen and table while camping was every bit as enjoyable as it appears in the exotic pamphlets.  beach sand was kept on the beach by the simple expedient of removing ty's pants indoors.

 entertainment came in the form of throwing rocks in the water.  for hours.  when that got boring, it was an easy transition to an alternate form of entertainment involving throwing SAND in the water.  seriously... that's all we did.  well, in all honesty, i drank beer in the sunshine while ty shouldered the responsibility of actually heaving the physical rocks in the aforementioned water.
 ty loves his bed in big bessie.  our first night camping was also ty's first night sleeping outside of a cage.  he did his parole officer proud by not escaping once.


i guess not ALL the entertainment involved depositing concatenated mineral grains in aqueous solutions.  big bessie came equipped with an iphone compatible aftermarket pioneer deck allowing us to rock out in the morning after breakfast.  a speaker upgrade is planned shortly.

yay for camping!  here's to a great summer.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes siree - big bessie is a beaut. hope her furnace works well too!
best to you all...
jane in coaldale - (not a robot but not sure where else I belong)

Haley said...

Wow - nice work camping while 9 months pregnant Kylie :) And your title had its desired effect, I was really excited for about 3 seconds.. I'm sure that Big Bessie will be a part of many adventures!

marcandorkylie said...

So far her furnace seems good Jane! Although I was a little nervous to turn it on the first time, even with a carbon monoxide detector. :) And Haley, while I did go camping, I certainly did not stay overnight. I did not relish getting up (and down) out of the bed 3 or 4 times to pee. Marc stayed over with Ty by himself and they had a great morning together. Then we met for breakfast at Cookie's Grill. My kind of morning. ;)

Lowell & Julie said...

YAY FOR GUS WITH A BIG BUTT, I mean, BIG BESSIE! Looks super fun!! Of course, EVERYTHING is more fun with no pants on (Ty has the right idea there)!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea. Dorothy and crew have sure enjoyed their camper. Waiting for news of the next newcomer... aren't you? Love from Auntie Cheryl

Shelley said...

So awesome!! I'm so envious of all the camping adventures. We still use tents but want to buy a camper some day.