One windy afternoon in Balmorhea State Park in west Texas, I spotted a solo woman camping in a 2004 4X4 Ford Ranger extended cab pickup with an A.R.E. canopy.
Dawn was on the backside of a five-week circle trip from Pennsylvania to the West Coast.
“Camping is the best way for me to travel,” she said. “I sleep better in my truck than in hotels, which tend to be noisy with doors closing and pluming, heating and refrigerators making noise.
“Hotels don’t have quiet hours like campgrounds,” observed Dawn. However, “they do provide a private bathroom.”
To read more about Dawn’s journey with her rescue pooch, Bell, click here for an expanded profile I posted on Women RVers.
– Text and photos by Julianne G. Crane