By Chuck Woodbury
This is me camped at Death Valley in the 1950s. I’m the little speck of kid in the middle of the photo, sitting on the step of what appears to be a big tent, but which is actually a primitive tent trailer. My mother is bending over, cooking. Notice her camping attire: a dress! I assume my father took the photo.
The trailer was made by J.C. Higgins, which I believe was Sears’ brand. Looking at it brings two words to mind: Mutt Ugly! Even though this was a long time ago, I remember being happy that I did not have to set it up. As I recall, it was a chore.
I have been back to Death Valley about a dozen times since this photo was taken and plan to go again soon. I love that place. Now I camp in a comfy motorhome, which is better than that old tent trailer by about a million light years.
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