We have some exciting news to share. We bought a Scamp camper.
It’s a tiny fiberglass camper, lightweight and just 13 feet long. Last summer up at Whitewater Lake in Wisconsin, we saw a Scamp parked in a driveway. I immediately fell in love with these tiny little campers. After casually browsing used Scamps for sale over the winter, we purchased one this spring.
Our family has taken several camping trips with the Scamp, and the kids are really enjoying their little bunk beds. Sophie just turned two and Everett is almost four, so I figure they’ll fit in the bunks for a while.
Our Scamp is a 2018 model, though these trailers have been around since 1975. Ours sleeps 4. Billy and I share the almost full size bed and the kids sleep in the bunk beds.
Our Scamp has a kitchenette with a stove and sink, but no bathroom. We prefer to use the facilities at the campsites instead. It’s filled with lots of cabinets and a little closet for storage. It has heat, which was great on our first camping trip in May when it got down to the 40’s at night. It doesn’t have air conditioning, but the powerful fan and large screen door have kept us cool.
We’re still planning on tent camping, since we love hike-in sites, but we appreciate that the Scamp will allow us to extend our family’s camping season from early spring to late fall. We also like having the Scamp for when we camp in places like the Smokies, where bears might wander through our campsite.
I appreciate all the emails I received during my lengthy hiatus from blogging. I hope everyone is having a great time camping this summer, and I always enjoy hearing about your favorite places to camp.
Last weekend we camped at Mauthe Lake campground in Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine North State Forest. Mauthe Lake campground is about an hour Northwest of Milwaukee, and two hours from where we live in the Chicago suburbs.
We drove up on Friday night, grabbing a quick dinner in West Bend on the way. Our site among the pines was beautiful, but it did not offer the privacy or quiet that we typically enjoy at other campsites. We heard road noise, loud music and people talking well into the night. The first night was pretty rough for the three of us, but the second night we slept a little better.
On Saturday, Billy’s cousin and her family joined us. After eating some subs for lunch, we hiked the easy 2-mile trail around Mauthe Lake. We spent the late afternoon at the beach while the kids played in the sand. We made pie iron pizzas for dinner and fruit pies for dessert. On Sunday we woke up to rain. After we started a fire, we made Pie Iron Breakfast Sandwiches.
Everett enjoyed playing with his second cousins, and they kept him entertained so Billy and I could relax a bit. We had a nice time and we’re really looking forward to camping with them again!
The classic pie iron pizza includes buttered white bread, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. I decided I wanted to mix it up a little. While searching for ideas, I found some great variations on a classic pizza pudgie pie.