Growing up in a lower-middle class family in Atlanta, we didn’t really have the money to take vacations. In fact, I don’t remember anyone in our working class neighborhood doing much traveling.
Back then my parents led our Episcopal Church youth group. So by the age of six I was hiking parts of the Appalachian Trail, and camping with my family in Blood Mountain and Cloudland Canyon State Park.
Although my travel style (and budget) has changed considerably over the years, these early family camping memories were influential on my