As a die-hard City Dweller, I have not been too keen on ‘roughing it’ in the wilderness. I do appreciate having survivalist skills, being able to correctly identify trees and plants, growing food, fishing and handling oneself in a practical matter.
Since I find the need to balance comfort with accessibility, the Glamping initiative holds much appeal. There are no words to describe the beauty and peacefulness of looking at the stars unfettered by artificial light sources and being close to water [like at Mt. Shasta Resort].
The great thing about Glamping lies in the compromise. You don’t necessarily have to pitch your own tent, stay in a rudimentary cabin or brave the elements. You can camp in style! Just be advised, it’s a bit more expensive than diy traditional camping.
You can’t put a price tag on comfort though — and you can still have a vacation or weekend getaway that’s wallet friendly. Check out this article in the New York Times on Glamping with accompanying links about eco-tourism and tour providers.