Mid Semester Camping Trip

Our mid-semester camping trip is about to take place and I, for one, am waiting with great anticipation. It is always a good time and my friends who go along make it even more special. Besides, I need a break from studying (and cramming), testing taking, and volumes of intense reading. It has been a tough semester, not unlike most, so sign me up! It does cost, but the fee of $120 I am told covers the basics of food and travel. Not too bad. I am going with a social club that has organized the whole thing, and they make the rules. I do balk, however, at the necessity of purchasing a new generator which adds to my expense for no good reason that I can see.

What do I care about a generator on a camping trip anyway? I have been on many, and frankly I can’t remember the last time I saw one in use. I don’t know what one even looks like and how they do it. I envision a kind of outboard motor about 50 pounds, faded red, and scratched all over—antiquated and primitive. You have to kick it to start it up or shut it down. Then it groans loudly and whines incessantly until it abruptly ceases operation. That’s my conception.

Wrong, wrong. I had a little demonstration after the big fuss I made about it. I told the club leader that I didn’t want my money going for a battery-powered machine that looks like a giant flashlight on steroids. To calm me down and keep me on the trip roster, he took upon himself to provide some much-needed generator education for the novice. I learned the ABCs fast. They are entirely revamped now and fully state-of-the-art. They are silent unsung heroes that provide valuable backup security and are worth their small weight in gold.

There are many practical uses for generators when camping that add to their utility at home or the office. An investment in a good one will last for years. They do not break down or need much maintenance, and anyone can operate a basic unit, whether battery, oil, or propane powered. They produce electricity for a decent length of time depending upon the wattage and are super portable. Even kids and moms can carry them. There is not much negative that I can say about them.

Now, they ask me: who wouldn’t want one? I am starting to give in. They aren’t little monsters, but genuine dynamos of the best kind that can save your life in a pinch. On a more modest level, they make camping more fun and relaxing by providing electricity for needed light for cooking, night time activities, and security. A generator can be your best friend on a trip if you don’t relish roughing it too much. It is becoming a necessity for many who at one time flinched at the thought. Self-reliance no longer means forgoing some amenities and luxuries on a trip.