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A Wayƒarer′s Shelter

The Shelter Go Down Go Back
THE SHELTER, or in the case of that which is used when backpacking, a tent is the third of the five essential needs as shown in the section, The Scrip.
The backpacking tent should be light enough to carry and large enough to shelter both the backpacker and all of his gear.
Choosing the right tent will often add to the success of the journey and help keep the outdoor traveler dry and out of the elements.
However, as a simple truth, all backpacking adventures eventually come to their end. Therefore, when a wayƒarer is not currently experiencing the journey on, where will he spend his nights? Must he need to return to mowing the grass?
Carried on the Back
Yosemite National Park
(b4.bac.20090912.0713) Backpacking in Yosemite National Park
Most tents today are designed with a fly that is used to waterproof the tent and provide additional space for storage of the pack, boots and other gear outside of the sleeping area.
In the above photo, the fly in lying on the ground to the left of the tent and the ground pad is on top of the tent for drying.

Tenting Since Childhood
Ever since childhood when he was thirteen and camping with the Scouts, Thom began using a tent as his shelter outdoors.
That was in the early sixties and since then, tents have technically improved notably for use in camping outdoors.
As his shelter of choice, he enjoyed using a jungle hammock, one which belonged to the troop, for his overnight outdoor stays. This type of hammock is an above ground sleeping birth complete with insect netting and waterproof cover.
The hammock was hung between two trees like most hammocks but this one had a upper compartment that had a water proof roof and misquito neeting around the sides. It did a great job of keeping out the rain and the insects.
During the walk on the Appalachian Trail, he stayed mostly in the shelters on the trail but used a tarp for nights that these shelters were full or not available.

The Shelters Carried on the Back. Go Down Go Up
Later, when returning to backpacking in the western parts of the continent, he purchased a solo super light tent.
This tent comes with a built in ground cloth (red on bottom), a upper containment of insect netting and for those nights that are wet, a fly that would stretch over the entire tent and provide a vestibule to store his back pack and shoes.
The tan rectangle on top is his insulated pad put on top so it can air out.
The Burden: Shelters
Carried on the Back
(b4-back.20090912.0713) Shelters Carried on the Back

The Shelters Requiring Grass Mowing Go Down go back
Upon arriving in Washington, a search is made for a small home suitable for him to live in. One is found but requires quite a bit of work to make it livable.
Soon, the home is livable, comfortable and even has a small deck to sit out in the evening to watch the stars.
Later, a small barbecue grill is purchased and then friends are invited over to share a meal.
After some time, I upgrade to a full size single wide trailer, move it into a space which includes a one car garage and then begin to plant flower and vegetable gardens.
The Burden: Shelters
Requiring Grass Mowing
(b4-mowing.19930102.0931) Shelters Requiring Grass Mowing

The Shelters having Wheels Go Down Go Up
When the first mini vans were manufactured in 1984, Thom purchased this one thinking it would be an economical vehicle, one which he could both travel to work and at the same time live in.
This is what he did with his first of several mini vans he has owned. Here, in 1989, he stops at Craters of the Moon in Idaho and while there spends a little time to clean up his gear.
The Burden:
Shelters Having Wheels
(b4-wheels-1984-1989-0904.1000) Shelters Having Wheels
This worked so well that later, upon his retirement, he just continued living in a mini van while traveling to the destinations he has always desired to visit.
This section will look at some of the Windjammers as well at the places where the jammers have taken him.

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