Parker County Today October 2017 - Page 86

Continued from page 81 A number of the owners of the trailers were members of a “women’s glamping club” called “The Get Away Gals.” “My preacher’s wife got me into this. She was a member before I joined. She found my camper for me,” Lonna Leach said. “That’s my camper, The Missy Prissy. There are several of us in Weatherford that caravan together. We cover Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas.” Leach’s first glamping excursion as an official member of The Get Away Gals was a jaunt to Eunice, La. “It was a neat park with a man- made beach and it was gorgeous, a very nice setting.” They did a lot of junk-shopping. 84 “We checked out the local shops, we visited the local coffee house,” Leach said. “It was fun.” Everyone has his or her own personal view of the perfect glamp- ing excursion. Some glampers love to create exotic gourmet delicacies with cast iron cookware over a campfire. Is Leach one of those? “Ahhhhh, no.” She laughed. “We Glamp. We go to restaurants. We love to try out the local restaurants. We do have a potluck dinner one night or we have a dinner catered in by a local restaurant. But, I can cook — I can pull out a hot plate.” Most of the vintage campers stayed overnight and camped out by the light of the Parker County Courthouse. Someone set up a fire pit and they roasted marshmallows; S’mores were made. A musical group of glampers called “Pearl and the Polka Dots” played a little Western swing music and some Bluegrass. Their front woman, Anji Pearl, said, “This is the first parking lot glamping we’ve ever done. It was fun.” “They played until midnight,” Leach said. “Well, they made a fire and brought out marshmallows,” said Rachel Bates, another member of Pearl and the Polka Dots. “If they’ll make a fire for us and roast marsh- mallows, we’ll serenade them.” “It’s a safe way for women to get away and camp together,” Leach said, “just women. We enjoy visit- ing with each other. We do it once a month, nine months out of the year. It’s a blast. I’m loving it.”