Stereoscope card of an 1877 trip into the Colorado Rockies by a team of botanists, their wives and friends, guides and a cook.
Recreational camping began in America during the Victorian Era, so I had wondered why camping, as far as I could tell, had not been embraced by the steampunk community.
That is about to change. The Cowford Steampunk Society out of Jacksonville, Florida is organizing a Victorian Glamping event in October (which is when Florida weather becomes tolerable without AC).
In case the concept of "glamping" is new to you, it means "glamorous camping". Modern glamping looks something like this:
Glamping seems to be particularly popular in the UK, which is where this picture came from (http://www.glampingholiday.co.uk/).
The idea is to enjoy an adventure in the great outdoors without really roughing it.
This is my favorite photograph of a real Victorian Era luxury tent setup:
It's never too early to plan for something like this, so a few days ago, when I found an interesting little folding table at a thrift store, I bought it to go in our tent.
I sanded it down and refinished it to match the wooden folding chairs we already have.
The tag on it said it was a coffee table, but it folds flat and can be adjusted to different heights.
If you would like to see more of the glamping ideas I've collect, I have a Pinterest board labeled "Steampunk Camping": http://www.pinterest.com/lisarooney/steampunk-camping/