This post is part of the A to Z Challenge.
I'm not normally an indecisive person; if I have a decision to make over anything, whether it's the socks I put on in a morning or where my next camping break will be I make it and most of the time I stick to it, though sometimes this has led me to doing things which I may not otherwise have done - like buying new tents which I don't really need just because I saw them on display, liked them, and decided it would be a good idea to have them. Recently though, when faced with a choice between two different camp sites for an overnight stay on my forthcoming long drive up to the Scottish Highlands I just couldn't decide between the two.
Both sites are in the right area, both have pitches with ehu, and neither is very far from a shop should I need any provisions. There are two major differences though - one is right on the shores of Loch Lomond and cost-wise is quite cheap but is adjacent to the very busy main road along the loch side; the other is in a much quieter location but cost-wise the nightly fee is three times the price of the first. As I don't 'do' noise when I'm camping my first thoughts were to book the quieter site but then I thought of the cost - going to the cheaper site would leave me more spending money for when I got to my final destination. So, cheap noise or expensive peace, which should I choose? I really couldn't decide - until, that is, I looked on Google Earth.
Although the expensive site looks nice I don't think it really justifies the cost, and it also seems to be about a ten minute walk from there to the loch and any nice views, whereas the cheaper site really is right at the side of the loch. Zooming in on 'street view' I found a small road leading through the village to a lochside pier and the views - WOW! And an internet search told me that boat trips across the loch leave from that pier several times a day - they accept dogs, for which there's no charge, so a trip across the loch is something I could build into my itinerary.
So, the indecision was no more - the cheaper site it was and to hell with any road noise, the views would more than make up for that. And as soon as I decided, I picked up the phone to book not one but two nights on that site - and I'm really looking forward to it, road noise or not!
- Hi! I'm Eunice and I live in Bolton, Lancashire, with my two dogs Sophie and Sugar and an assortment of cats - well it used to be Sophie and Sugar, now it's Sophie and Poppie. I first began camping back in 1997 when my then partner took me to Anglesey for my birthday weekend. We slept in the back of the car - a hatchback - using the cushions off the settee at home as a mattress, and cooked and brewed up on a single burner camping stove. The site was good, the views were great, the weather fantastic and I was completely hooked. Following that weekend we got a two-man tent and some proper accessories and returned to Anglesey two weeks later, then over time we progressed to a three-man tent followed by an old trailer tent, then a new trailer tent, a campervan and finally a caravan. When my partner decided that the grass was greener on the other side of the street - literally - in April 2009 and I suddenly found myself alone after fifteen years, I decided there was no way I was going to give up camping and caravanning if I could cope on my own. This blog is the story of my travels, trials and tribulations since becoming a solo camper - I hope you like it