While traveling as one big family, we had the choice of several different sleeping arrangements. One might feel like having the crisp, April air refresh their lungs for the evening. If so, then speeping on the comfy hood of the Hummer was your choice. No body fills a sleeping bag with goosedown like the Army does. Full and plenty warm! On clear nights, the sky is brilliantly abundant with the same stars you gaze toward. Moonlight brightly shines off the light colored sand giving way to pathways and secure footing. More than it might do for the dark pavement of civilization. If opting for inside vehicle accommodations, just scoot aside your M-16 rifle (ensure safety is on), lay down your personal Army issue air mattress, use your gas mask as a pillow, and voila, fit for a king! This was my preference and quite comfortable!
If stopping for a longer stay, pitching a tent would be advisable. This makes for decent cover from the occasional late night wind and sand storms. If lucky enough to have a longer stay, take the time to make it more comfortable with porch seating to enjoy the evening air and stars. The porch can also serves for entertaining guests. The tent also give you daytime cover from the desert sun's punishing rays. Camouflauge is also recommmended for visual concealment from the occasional hostile. If you forgot your window-mounted air conditioner, just roll up the tent sides during the day -- yes, it gets quite toasty!
Fort Huachuca, Arizona
July 11, 2003
From journal Fun, Sun, and Sand