18 February 2009
My New Eureka Pine Lodge Tent is Putting The Pressure On
Posted by Darrell under: Gear - Tips, Reviews, Wishlist .
It is the “off season” for me. There aren’t any local hunting seasons open and I’m not quite ready start fishing heavily, so I’m bored! To fill the time I’ve been doing a lot of browsing and shopping and have been gathering equipment information for later in the year. Oh, and sometimes I just have to go ahead and BUY some of these products.
Today, I received my brand new tent. It is a Eureka Pine Lodge Tent. It is a huge 12′x10′, plus an awning and sleeps 8 adults! I’ve been wanting to pick up one of these larger tents for quite some time. I have a smaller Eureka camping tent that is dome style and can be set up in a couple minutes. This cabin style tent will probably take a little longer to set up, but I’m hoping the extra time is worth it in exchange for the extra room that I’ll have. Eureka’s website says that 2 men can set it up in about 10 minutes. (I’ll let you know).
I like plenty of room when I’m camping on hunting trips. Room for several large cots is a must to really be comfortable. A lot of the cabin family camping tents that I’ve looked at are $1,000 or more. I found the Pine Lodge on the expedition and outfitters page on Eureka’s tent website. This tent sells for $550, so it seems comparatively like a bargain. I’ll certainly find out!
One of the funnest things about getting something new (like a tent or a gun) is that you have to immediately start planning a trip to try that item out. Boy, am I ever feeling pressured. I’ve just got to get a trip planned where I can fully test out my new tent. I’ve been trying to explain all of this “pressure” to my wife. Now, you are probably thinking that she is giving me a hard time about planning yet another hunting adventure - but you’d be wrong.
I think I’ve figured out that the “off season” is as hard on my wife as it is on me. She is getting so tired of seeing me mope around that she actually offered to help me with my trip planning. I believe she even said something to the effect “Are you sure nothing is in season that you want to hunt right now?”
I’ll probably have my first opportunity to put this tent to use in late August. I’m thinking about doing a DIY archery antelope hunt in Nebraska. This will likely be my first hunting trip of the year, unless I get to use this tent on a hog or turkey hunt this spring.
I’ll let you know how this tent performs. If anyone has any experience with it, please feel free to let me know.