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Old 08-21-2007, 09:30 AM   #29
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What, am I the only one here who had a lemonade stand as a kid! Considering his fellow campers were paying $595/night to stay in a tent out in the woods complete with maids and butlers, I think he was exercising his entrepreneurial prowess. The fact that he couldn't get $10 for them taught him an early lesson about market demand. In the end, he found a price the market would bear.
Good point. You know the lemonade stand thing occurred to me after I typed my marshmallow sharing comment. I, too, am so glad the parents and the child had the opportunity to experience a little more of the great outdoors than was their habit.

The other thing that got my attention in the article is they said he and a friend made a sign that said "Animal Center. Take'z 5$ to get in." My thought when I read the article was that this kid thinks only about money. While that still is possible I also realize that the reporter may have focused on the whole money issue and has only included information that serves his point(s).

My giving away marshmallow/smores comment is also tempered in my own mind this way.... I do think it is very important to get kids to think about sharing and giving selflessly. We experienced the other side of that, however, when a friend of mine who works VERY hard to get her kids to give selflessly, had her kids send one of their toys home with my daughter EVERY time we came to visit. My daughter soon started expecting all of her friends to send one of their toys home with her when we visit. Not so good. I had to have a heart to heart discussion with my friend and my daughter.

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Old 08-21-2007, 10:11 AM   #30
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Thumbs up Great article!

Its always fun to read about other folks' adventures!


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Old 08-21-2007, 10:15 AM   #31
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I agree with you that this article was all about the lavishness of this type of camping and the money issue was front and center. I would imagine that the home life of this family was really much more "normal" than the glamping would have portrayed.

We are planning to take our kids on a safari in a couple of years that will probably be the biggest event in our children's growing up years. We are waiting until our youngest is old enough to really remember it because it will be so unique. Since it will be unique, we want it to be special and especially the accommodations. I don't want any disappointments from any family member and luxury tents look like the best way to assure that. The companies that have been recommended to us are on par with Paws Up but the per night rate is much more in line with a upper end hotel room here in the U.S. and that includes the meals. The biggest expense will be airfare. I assure you that my family's lifestyle is no where near what the lifestyle of this family's lifestyle is portrayed.
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Old 08-21-2007, 10:46 AM   #32
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I gotta say this - when my parents looked at Airstreams being pulled often by the very high end cars of the day like Cadillacs, New Yorkers, Thunderbirds and Lincolns etc. while they towed their humble SOB behind a plain Jane (no personal offense to any Jane's on the Forum or inferring in any way that Jane's are less than equal to non-Jane's) Plymouth or Ford station wagon loaded with kids, instruments, a mother-in-law, and all, they would have considered those Airstream owners as glamping for sure.

It's all in perspective - the article is a fun read, and the number of folks who get to play that way is pretty tiny. And the kids, well, lets hope they grow up to be investment advisers and help manage my retirement funds so I too can make lots of money .

Lot's of fun, keep the articles coming. They help me feel better about myself with my Airstream (even though it's ancient) as friends head out with their pup tent and foam.

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Old 08-21-2007, 11:45 AM   #33
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Way back in the Sixties my Mom would load up the VW beetle with my Sister, Me and the dog and we'd go to Calif. Beach campgrounds. .65 per night.

One time our garage sale tent was set up and we were eating our Hot Dogs and Mac and cheese. at Carpenteria State beach and I saw my first Airstream.

It was towed by a Rolls Royce. A big black one and their Butler was serving the owners hot dogs and mac and cheese.

My Mom leaned over to my Sis and I and said. "See, youre eating just like rich people."

Since I now have an Airstream and still eat Hot Dogs w/ Mac and cheese. I guess I'm rich. Maybe not financially but I sure am rich in style.
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Old 08-21-2007, 11:53 AM   #34
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Maybe not financially but I sure am rich in style.
I'm a firm believer in the words of Nando, "If you look good, you feel good, and daa-ling, you look maar-vo-lous!" Ah, words to live by.
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Old 08-24-2007, 08:37 PM   #35
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Do you mean here?

I went out to check on my property yesterday. It is across the road from you guessed it Paws up. THey are one of my neighbors. The ranch is formerly Charles Lindbergh's private ranch. His grand son has property in the area as well. Maybe one day he will stop by!
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Old 08-24-2007, 09:00 PM   #36
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Since I now have an Airstream and still eat Hot Dogs w/ Mac and cheese. I guess I'm rich. Maybe not financially but I sure am rich in style.
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Gotta say, no matter what I think of 'glampin', you gotta love that name - Paws Up!
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Old 08-26-2007, 12:42 PM   #37
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Truth is, now that I'm retired, and now that I don't have to fly on business, and now that I don't have to stay in hotels, and now that I don't have to sleep on strange beds, I don't care whether owning an Airstream is "real" camping or not - it suits me just fine and it's all the luxury I could ever want or need! Driving down the highway, with the trailer in tow, and with a big grin on my face, makes me master of my world and as independent as I could ever hope to be!
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Old 08-26-2007, 01:26 PM   #38
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Pity them all.....actually sleeping in a tent when they could be sleeping in an aluminum tube!
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Old 08-27-2007, 01:43 PM   #39
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I guess we'll be "glamping" this weekend. We are staying at Topsail Hill State Park in Destin, FL...yes I said State Park. If you've ever stayed there, you know what I mean.
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Old 08-27-2007, 02:18 PM   #40
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I have always been told that "camping in an Airstream is not REAL camping" from all of my buddies.
This takes things to the extreme!
Anyway, I always thought we had a maid when I was camping. I called her "Mom".
My kids now have one of those too!
PLEASE, take the kids on a "Queen MOM" camping trip, where they wait on her hand and foot. Character building and will come in handy if mom ever has her appendix out. (Or just goes on strike!)

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