Since I moved to Portland three years ago, idly fucking off into the woods for a handful of days at a time has been a big part of my summers. Over time, my camping habitat has gotten increasingly more refined, mostly due to the fact that I have a car (usually stuffed with other fucking-off-into-the-woods’ers) and can pack things like a full length mirror. Or a giant stripey circus banner. Or a 50lb canvas tent (one of these magnificent bastards picked up for a steal on craigslist last summer.)
Now, I don’t rock out a massive reflective yurt filled with animal skins and handmade wooden furniture, or bring my entire queen bed and self-engineered shower stall with me (though I’ve bunked with people who do), so I consider myself on the modest side of glamping. And I’ve never been out of civilization long enough to need more than my basics+some frippery for comfort- until now. There are three dance/circus festivals I want to hit up out of town, two of which I’ll be doing infrastructure creation for in the woods. It’ll be about three weeks living out of my tent at the Lookout Arts Circus Quarry in Bellingham, possibly longer, and I’ve decided to upgrade my living situation somewhat before I hit the road.
Over the new two weeks, I’m going to be working on my new essentials- bits and pieces of camping that are in no way necessary to survive in the woods, but allow me to do things like sprawl out in my folding chair in the mornings in a black silk robe (today’s Goodwill score) and pour myself a cup of cold-brew tea (plastic tea pot) while my solar fairy lights flicker off for the day (Harbor Freight, dirt cheap solar lighting).
The biggest project is going to be doing some big canvas paintings to attach to the sides of my otherwise boring green tent. Updates and pictures of this whole lifestyle upgrade to happen as it evolves in the backyard.