I've been moving ahead with my minivacation concept since Colorado is the perfect place to test my ideas on how to live for several days away from the Arctic Fox.
One of the first things that has to be considered is the Arctic Fox must have a safe place to stay while I'm off doing other things, and since I'm staying basically in my daughter's yard I couldn't ask for a better and safer place to leave the Arctic Fox all alone.
Another thing that I'm slowly overcoming is, since my possessions are so meager I don't have the equipment to camp anyplace except in the Arctic Fox. And the only way to fix that is to spend some money on camping equipment and that's what I've been doing since I got back to Colorado.
I spent a lot of time agonizing over what tent to buy because it's hard to find everything I wanted in one tent. It had to be tall enough so that I could stand up straight, so that meant it had to be at least 6 feet tall. It had to be big enough so I could put a cot, a folding table, and a chair in it so I can live in the tent comfortably. And last but not least, it had to be quick and easy to set up and take down. Because I knew from past experience if setting it up was time-consuming, difficult, fiddly, or just plain annoying, I would avoid using it. In other words a chimpanzee should be able to set it up in a rainstorm in the dark, or I probably couldn't deal with it.
So after much thought and Internet research I determined that tents are a lot like RVs, they've all got their good points and their bad points and none of them are perfect. And just like RVs you have to give up one thing to get another, you can't have a large, comfortable, inexpensive tent without it being big and heavy. So I decided that I was willing to give up small and lightweight to get the other criteria that were more important to me.
Saturday night I ordered a Coleman six man instant tent from Amazon and they delivered it yesterday afternoon and I set it up in my daughter's living room. And despite the help from the grandkids I was able to set it up without reading any instructions in a couple of minutes.
A six man tent may sound a little large for one person but if you're familiar with tents you probably know that the manufacturers grossly exaggerate the amount of people a tent will hold. After it was set up and I got to walk inside I think it will be perfect for me and a few pieces of furniture. And it sets up and comes down so quickly and easily I will have no excuse not to use it.