Micro life has its drawbacks and challenges. One serious challenge is entertaining, and with the approach of Thanksgiving bearing down on us, we’re getting down to the wire with that issue. The weather MIGHT cooperate with us, but so far…the prediction is for scattered thunderstorms. For anyone who is familiar with the Gulf Coast, that means almost anything from enduring a few minutes of fairly mild showers to a torrential downpour that can last for hours.
We hope we are prepared. We have a canopy, similar to a “First Up” canopy, but it is getting a bit old, so it has its pinholes. We actually used it last year for our Thanksgiving get together when camping with friends…and it was fairly dry under it.
It is a 10×10′ canopy. Not very large, as anyone who has crowded under one knows. We have a standard propane grill, where we are going to grill our turkey whole, using a foil pan to hold it. We are hoping to dine outdoors, but IF we have to go indoors…we will manage that too.
The saving grace is avoiding the traditional “picnic” table. Those tables, while filled with wonderful memories for me, are also serious space hogs. Instead, we have two tables that have endured many camping trips with me.
One is a long time favorite, and has been across the USA with me. I love the table, but have not been able to find a newer model in searches recently. It’s got a base very similar to the folding chairs that everyone is so familiar with, and the base “spiders” outward, and then the wooden slat top with its shock cords stretches to slide a bracket over a protruding nipple on the four corners of the table, securing it to the base. This table is very compact for storage & travel, fairly light weight, and I love the wood slat top, despite stains, scorch marks, and gouges that over a decade of use has inflicted upon it. It has even done extensive duty when I’ve relocated as either a desk or dining table, just covered with an inexpensive table cloth to hide the stained slats. We have cleaned hundreds of fish on it too, by the way!
The second table is still available. It’s a four foot long table that folds in the center, and it is still sold at Sam’s Clubs, I think it currently retails at roughly $40. It’s made of white blown plastic, has adjustable height legs, and is immensely useful. At its tallest height, it is the preferred table to use our cook stoves on during our camping trips. At its lowest height, it can pass as a coffee table. The middle height is perfect as a dining table or desk. It too sports stains and gouges, but remains serviceable. For a normal home, it can serve as a small buffet too.
In our case, it will be our prep and dining table under our temporary dining room roof. It has often done duty as our outdoor kitchen surface as it stands. It’s reasonably easy to store, will fit in the average car’s trunk, and isn’t impossible to store even in a travel trailer. It has often ridden on trips as the base under Sissy’s crate, or served as a “wall” to prevent Sissy and Red from fussing at each other in the van during a trip.
For anyone in a micro-house situation or living in a travel trailer and being a nomad…they are very useful, fairly compact, and reasonably priced. I definitely recommend them! (Now IF you ever find the wooden slat table…let me know! I’ve been hunting for a new one of those for about five years now, and the closest I have come is to a table with fabric covered wooden slats or aluminum slats.)