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Mary Kirlin

When a cross-country move meant annual summer trips between the mid-west and California, Mary and her husband John explored learning to fly a small airplane before settling on a 25-foot travel trailer. After years of backpacking and tent camping, Mary quickly fell in love with the comforts of traveling by trailer; a bathroom on board, heat and a/c, and a real bed. Her six round trips to the mid-west, with dogs and her growing family, allowed her to explore great swaths of the US.

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Eventually, John’s work schedule didn’t match Mary’s (Professor with summers off), so she got behind the wheel with her children, then 5 and 9, determined to explore the Pacific Northwest. She was especially pleased when, after two years of driving forward, she learned to back up. Summer became synonymous with camping in California, Oregon and Washington.

Twenty years after the first trailer purchase, the transition from full-time faculty member to part-time organization consultant has allowed for adventures with Girl Campers and other women’s groups. A Camper more than a Glamper, Mary loves the cabin-like feel of her vintage 1963 Shasta trailer. And with no crafting, decorating, or cooking skills to speak of, Mary enjoys “Just Camping” with minimal frills.

Mary is the Northern California Guide, will offer bucket list trips beginning in 2020, and is the Girl Camper liaison for Camper College events. It turns out that a trailer was a much better purchase than an airplane!

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