Growing up in the southeastern portion of the United States, college football has always been a centerpiece in my life. Since I was young I have found myself cheering/barking in support of the University of Georgia Bulldogs. As I’ve aged, the tailgates, celebrations, triumphs, and letdowns have seemed to grow in proportion. In the early months of 2012 I met an astonishing young lady named Alix. I knew from the moment that I laid eyes on her, she was the one for me! It just so turned out that she is also from the southeast, and has also grown up in the same football crazed culture as I. Each year we have spent the fall season tailgating, attending games, and traveling about in support of our beloved teams!
This past fall the University of Georgia won the SEC Eastern conference, granting them the privilege to play for the SEC Championship in Atlanta, GA, in December. This of course kindled the burning question, “What, where, and with whom are we going to watch the game?”
Alix and I have a great friend who made us an incredible offer to join on a camping trip in the middle of Georgia on hundreds of acres to explore, and fresh air to breath. The property resides just outside of Pine Mountain, GA, and consists of rolling hills covered in sky scraping pine trees, ponds, green fields, and an abundance of wildlife. There was also a cabin, which had the necessary amenities to watch the game (electricity, running water, heat, television, and satellite service). However, the sleeping arrangements were tight and most of the more comfortable sleeping areas had already been spoken for. So, Alix and I decided that we would take the weekend to the next level.
We explored the idea of sleeping under the stars cowboy style, but as the week approached the forecast showed chances of dubious weather. We then escalated our plans to tent camping, which would have been perfect for only Alix and me. The trick was that we have a 2-year-old English bulldog named Elijah Richt. Eli was born with a rare heart condition that limits his ability to exert himself, get excited, or rest comfortably in warmer temperatures. Some might expect it to be well below that mark in the midst of December, but that same group would be very wrong. The weather in the southeast is remarkably variant from week to week. Knowing this, I thought it better if we planned to have a climate-controlled atmosphere for Eli. My brilliant wife came up with a wonderful idea based on a television show she had recently watched, “Vantastic.” With very little effort we discovered a hidden gem located in our own back yard, ScamperVan ATL.
ScamperVan, LLC is a full service camper van rental company located in Atlanta, GA. The camper-van came fully equipped with a pull-out awning, camping chairs, a sink, coffee maker, climate control, and much more. The ScamperVan has a pop-up roof that allows for extra views and usage as a rooftop bed. With the ScamperVan fully stocked and ready to go, we simply picked the van up at ScamperVan HQ and hit the road.
We found the perfect spot to set up the scamper just above a small lake by the cabin, overlooking the green grassy fields and red clay hills. It took little time for us to set up the ScamperVan, and before long we were lounging by a campfire with our preferred beverage in hand. The weekend was filled with tailgating games such as corn hole, ring toss, and Kan-Jam. We took walks around the property viewing the various creeks, ponds, and woodland areas. At night we would stargaze, roast marshmallows, and tell embarrassing stories about one another. Eli was more than happy/comfortable with his temporary home.
At the end of the weekend we proclaimed our trip a roaring success, having spent our time with wonderful friends, enjoyed the beautiful outdoors, AND the University of Georgia garnered victory over Auburn University, claiming the SEC Championship. Our life philosophy is simple; we are never promised a tomorrow, so make sure that you enjoy today. Go out, explore, live, love, and Roam Wild!
by Trystan W. Drummond
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