Monday, August 15, 2011

There Sleeps Titania

{Vermont Woods via Scamp}


















If the National Park system is a big, rule-enforcing, highly-organized Catholic school with a strict curriculum, then the Forest Service is Montessori: there are very few rules, and as long as one plays well with others and doesn't litter, one is pretty much free to do whatever she pleases. This all makes for very good Scamping, so P, Mac, the Hound of Love and I sped north to Vermont's birchy, beechy, old-growth Green Mountain National Forest, chugged down an old logging road for thirty miles and, just as dark was setting in, found an idyllic, mossy clearing next to a stream. We unhitched the Scamp and rolled her into a majestic little spot overlooking a series of small cascades (made of fiberglass, she weighs less than a mule and can be maneuvered by hand by two idiots in flip-flops). We heated up two cans of Amy's organic soup on the Scamp stove, opened a bottle of excellent Côtes du Rhône, made up the bed with crisp ironed sheets and fell asleep to a chorus of sylvan trills and chirrups, the rush of mountain water over granite stone. In Scamplandia, one can live large while living small, it seems.

Ours must have been the very spot Oberon described in A Midsummer Night's Dream; see midpage, here

42 comments:

  1. I would recognize the Northeast Kingdom any time! (<3 my roots). I hope you had fun in the Kingdom!

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  2. Good grief, I think you guys are my favorite couple ever. Seriously...the stuff you guys go and do just completely inspires me.

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  3. i love that rock-face! haha, so awesome. in fact, the whole trip looks pretty awesome - idyllic setting, cozy snuggle spot, and yummy food. (plus an icy lake to wake you up in the morning!)

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  4. Looks beautiful. (And those dogs are darling!)

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  5. Very tempting and I've read there are busy times for you ahead. So, enjoy it as much as possible!

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  6. This sounds like the perfect way to end summer. I've been daydreaming of the Northeast, nonstop lately.

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  7. Oh, to know a bank where the wild thyme blows... What a beautiful experience.

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  8. Scamp! I'm waiting for Texas to cool off a bit so we can take our Westie camping again. Looks like you had a fantastic time.

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  9. That looks absolutely delightful! That is precisely the trip I've been meaning to take...it looks so heavenly

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  10. oooooh ... it would be amazing if we could get out east for some camping! This is lovely lovely

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  11. what gorgeous light in all the photographs, now where exactly is the scamp set and no that is real bear not someone in custom trying to take your place:)!

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  12. LOVE the SCAMP! Also think the rock face is very cool! Hope you are having a wonderful adventure... and thanks for the photo updates!

    Peace, Lydia

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  13. what a perfect, simple life you guys lead within that scamp. when you're not in the scamp too, but sheesh! looks so lovely.

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  14. what an idyllic little escape, such a perfect little space nestled in the woods. and those tomatoes! wow.

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  15. what a perfect little adventure - just incredible; wow! :)

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  16. have i mentioned lately how much i love your world?!

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  17. I'm glad you got all the accents right on Côtes du Rhône.

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  18. I've spent all afternoon searching for a scamp on craigslist, though my boyfriend has some concerns about the two of us and our dog (who has a fondness for sleeping in our bed and, let's face it, we like him there too) fitting into a scamp-sized bed. also, i've been puzzling over that third picture down. how is your arm like that? so confusing and intriguing.

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  19. Sounds idyllic. And this is making me want to reread A Midsummer Night's Dream! It's one of my favorites.

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  20. thanks for all the nice comments, peeps!

    Kristy- can't wait for you to take your Westy out for a spin!

    Katie- we found our Scamp on Craigslist too...Palm Springs/ LA/ SoCal is full of them, but they go fast! (I think because they're so light and therefore get good MPG they've become popular again with gas prices so high). We fit just fine in a Scamp bed, plus one corgi on occassion. Both dogs usually sleep in the Scamp with us (they sleep on the floor), but on this trip because it was rather warm we made the dogs sleep in the back of the truck (with windows open of course).

    And the arm? I'm facing the camera, so that's my left arm, but I'm looking over my right shoulder out the winduh. xo.

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  21. I was confused by that arm as well...
    Hope one of you is enjoying Cutting for Stone...I never wanted that book to end... I cried saying goodbye to those characters!!

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  22. Lovely photos! Where did you find the screen door?

    -Brooke (egg owner)

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  23. Anon 10:37- I'm reading Cutting For Stone (per the rec of many bloggers) and can't put it down. One of my favorites in months- I even dream abt the characters!

    Brooke- we bought it off the Scamp website. Since it's designed for a new Scamp and ours is a '78 we had to make a few customizations, but with a lot of swearing and sweating we got it just right. It's the best thing we added. That and the easy-to-clean bamboo floor and the sound system! Do you have a Scamp or Bolero or Mule? It might work for all of them with some tweaking.

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  24. What a special place you have here!!! Love the photos Lily! xo!

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  25. I need a trip like this before the summer is over! It won't be as rad, scam-less. Also, I like how unusually revealing this post is of you two! :) and what it reveals is that mr. big bang has a nice smile and cleeeearly works out.

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  26. It's so cute! Does it contain bathroom/shower facilities?

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  27. Kate- Mr. bigBANG was exceedingly displeased with Ms. bigBANG's decision to post the picture of homeboy flexing his muscles in the creek, and we Had to Have a Talk about real life and blog life;)

    Anon 1:16- neg on the bathroom/shower! We decided we'd rather have a more maneuverable trailer (at 13') sans bathroom than a long honker (16' and up) with one. (Also, I'd rather pee in the woods than have to drain out a septic tank at an RV park. YUK.) This presents less of a problem than one might imagine- we stop at bathrooms along the road when needed and shower at friends' houses, or, God help us, KOAs.

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  28. wow, these photos make me long for my adventures before having children.
    they also make me ache for my dog-boy.

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  29. sounds and looks heavenly lovie. you've really got the right idea!!! what a gorgeous site you've picked and yes, you're right: the forest service is a free-wheelin' do what-you-want fo sho.

    (and hey, we found a place too (happy to hear about yours--our requirements were not very Montessori. Packing so many years of nest has been daunting, the longest nest I've ever built is being unbuilt but feels great actually-shedding--excited you will be nearby---apologies for never returning your first email-life got in the way for a while~i felt bad but it sounds like you landed well my dear!

    (and I loved Cutting for Stone-are you enjoying it?)

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  30. I'm officially completely inspired. I have some time off coming up and, thanks to you and google maps, I just discovered that this park is less than 6 hours from me. Time for a road trip I think.

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  31. @kate/lily i am always surprised ben doesnt bust me for posting so much of him......

    so when can we rent the scamp. maybe next time you drive out west, ya'll can fly home & we will drive it back for you?

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  32. my goodness, how i wish to camp with you. i have no scamp, but i have an apartment tent and can make bracelets?

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  33. We have a '74 Trillium that we've been restoring for some time. It was in pretty bad shape, so a lot of time spent trying to get it waterproof and rewiring. I never imagined to have a screen door!
    Also, may I ask you about the bamboo floor and moisture. We are wondering how a wood type floor will hold up in very high humidity (we live in Florida). Have you noticed any issues with moisture, or shifting from driving?
    Many thanks, Brooke

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  34. Sid- if you want directions to the particular little clearing we found (which was, we realized the next day, the primo spot on the entire logging road) email me! Where are you based? I have lots more recs if you want em!

    Lauren- forts + bracelets sound DANDY. It's on.

    Brooke- I might have answers to all your flooring questions in this old post, here: http://bigbangstudio.blogspot.com/2010/06/scamp-update.html

    It's a synthetic bamboo, pliant, super-flexible, "floating" moisture-proof floor, and I can't recommend it enough. Home Depot carries it. Check out that link and email me if you have any more questions. Sounds PERFECT for what you guys are looking for (and the price is right). Comes in a dozen different finishes, but we liked the clean, contemporary look of the bamboo.

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  35. so presh. i like you guys and your love and your life. very minimalist and endearing. i think if we bought a scamp the husband would resign quite easily to selling the house and simply living the scamp life...i could easily be persuaded.

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  36. I love that comparison of the national parks to schools. It really is so true. What a wonderful adventure you're having!

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  37. Hi.. I just got a Scamp and I was looking at your flooring.. What brand is that? Homedepot has several and I'm not sure which one yours is... I live in Florida and moisture is an issue here. AND I love that you cut it with a box cutter!! Pease Please Please help me

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