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[–] Wafflebutt [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

My husband would never agree to fall camping unless we had a night time heater and no cold ground. So the pop up let's us extend our season. Since October is so dark here (Canadian thanksgiving), we go full on patio lantern and fall decor to brighten up the days and nights. Also, a turkey stew with pumpkin and rutabagas in the slow cooker is amazing after a day of hiking. The kids had the most fun these weekends....and only once did we have to cancel due to bad weather (rain, wind and eventually, snow).

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[–] AJ 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

That's a very nice looking set up you had there.

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[–] PrincessBubbly 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Oh I love this! My parents used to have one just like this and we spent a lot of time in it at Yosemite :)

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[–] Enalon 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

My family goes camping for every Thanksgiving too, though my parents are the only ones that use a pop-up. (They just can't sleep on the ground anymore.) My husband and I have a tent of our own and so do my siblings. We meet up with another family that has an RV and it really makes for a different but enjoyable holiday. And nothing beats fried turkey.. yumyum!

We also recently purchased a canopy that we can break down easily to put up around the tables at the campsite that lets us stay outside to eat without letting the wind be a problem on the years that it's just a bit too chilly.

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[–] Wafflebutt [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

We went to a park once at thanksgiving (canadian thanksgiving ...second Monday in October) that held a halloween event on the Saturday night. The little kids wore costumes and went trick or treating from site to site after dark. It was pretty cute! Definitely not backcountry camping, but the quieter trails and darker, longer nights makes it pretty special. Never saw such bright stars as on a northern lake in October. And anything that gets kids out into the woods is a great thing.

The canopy sounds good....the October/November weather can be tricky, and making it a family event like that would require a level of certainty.

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[–] ShimmyShimmy 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

This is not camping. This is bring your home with you. If you can not walk in 2 miles with a 30 lb pack for an overnight, just get a hotel. Your camping fails big time.

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[–] Wafflebutt [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Lol. You are probably right, but we enjoy it just the same. 30 pound backpack with a 2 mile hike? Not my idea of a good time.

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[–] ShimmyShimmy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I know, 30 seems like 70 by the time you get there. But. I unplug. I get no cell. I have only MRE's to live on. I prefer to let nature lead the way. I conform to it. I know I am getting metaphysical on you. My biggest complaint is all the resources you are using to go outside. I think you are missing something even though you are comfortable in your approach. I just want you to see what I see.

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[–] Enalon 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

I really have to disagree. My folks have a Jayco pretty similar to the pop-up in the pictures and it's really not anywhere close to say.. taking an RV. But it does allow them to come camping with myself and my husband. They're only in the pop-up for sleeping, because they can't sleep on the ground or those freak storms that occasional blow through and then we end up playing board games. We still "unplug", go hiking, fishing, cook outside on the fire and just relax in nature.

Everyone likes camping to different degrees, if you love your tent (and I know I do) that's awesome! But don't exclude someone that doesn't meet your "roughing-it" criteria.