There are many reasons why you want to be separated from your daily grinds and nightly news. Fortunately, you’ll find scenic hikes, stroll along the coastal paths, witness the beauty of nature, hear the rush of rivers and the waves of the ocean rushing to the coast, and feel warm. You don’t have to go far to Monterey County to do so. Sunlight passing through Redwood.

Exhale here.

When the sun sets on the horizon, you may not be ready to go home, but with the light and warmth you feel like setting up a tent, cooking on fire, or sleeping on the ground. It does not mean that. For those who want to experience the beauty and benefits of being outdoors but prefer the comfort of going home, “glamping” may be the answer.

Here, we meet nature and grow up. A place where people can experience the comfort and convenience of indoor life as well as the splendor of the wild. This is a hybrid of charm and camping that awakens to the chirping of birds from the warmth of the bed. Take a shower inside. We enjoy the benefits of “in-house” rather than remote homes.

The glamping of Charlene Webber-Schuss and her daughter Elie Schuss meant the alchemy of long walks and short hikes of roasting marshmallows by the fire. (Provided photo)

30% of North American travelers reportedly glamp during a pandemic. In addition, in a 2019 report by Grandview Research, 83% of travelers who do not like camping say that glamping allows them to experience the outdoors comfortably, and 63% enjoy services that are not normally associated with traditional camping. 27% said it could, and appreciated that it reduced the efforts associated with more traditional forms of camp.

Whether you prefer small cabins, luxury tents, tipis, tree houses, or yurts (round and portable tents made up of lattice walls and radial rafters), we camp outside the standard. You can expect to do it.

Looking for a loophole

Ellie Shuss was ready for a break. A 28-year-old from Carmel, who works in the emergency department of a community hospital on the Monterey Peninsula, also has a master’s degree in nursing management and is working to graduate from Capella University in May.

“ER has a strong atmosphere and we need to work with our colleagues,” Schuss said. “There is a way to bring us closer to traumatic events. If the patient is very ill, we need immediate intervention by all of us together to stabilize the patient.”

With her master’s home stretch, including the completion of the internship and the presentation of her final project, Shus decided to escape everything from it before her schedule really got hot.

After searching through a series of hotel apps and finding everything that was booked or over budget, she made her final call and tried to secure a weekend break. “Mom, are you free?”

Both Elie Schuss and her mother, Charlene Webber-Schuss, 59, are registered nurses. Both have worked in the Hall of Community Hospital — Webber-Schuss for 35 years, and her daughter has been graduating from Morin Church Coburn Nursing School in Monterey in 2019 when her mother retired from nursing. Theirs are the heritage that binds them.

A few months after she retired, when COVID entered the community, Webber-Schuss slipped into her personal protective equipment and returned to the community hospital as a volunteer coronavirus vaccinated, old nursing. I felt the familiarity of the times.

To date, she has been vaccinated more than 800 times.

Webber-Schuss had a little rest and rejuvenation ideas. She and her husband, Matthew Shuss, decided that they weren’t just sitting between COIVDs and started camping. They bought tents and other equipment from Amazon and created online checklists such as packing lists and grids that summarize the food they need every day. They bought trash cans, packed them, labeled them, and kept them ready for use.

The couple camped once in Napa and several times in Big Sur. They planned to camp in Yosemite and Santa Cruz, but the fire kicked them out. They loved everything in the COVID camp, except sleeping on the ground.

Erie Shus, who hadn’t been camping since she was little, was thinking about a little more luxury. At the same time, she and her mother said, “How about glamping?”

Leisure luxury in the woods

For Erie Shuss and her mom, glamping is a warm, soft bed, roasting marshmallows by the fire, stepping into cottages and cabins, looking up at the Starry Sky to find the Big Dipper.

“We knew that Erie would have to take a break to disconnect and experience downtime,” says Webber-Schuss. “Is there a better place to get off the grid than Big Sur without cell service for a few days?”

The pair chose the Big Sur Campground & Cabin, where Webbershus had previously tent-camped several times. This time, they chose a full kitchen and bathroom, a bedroom with a cozy queen-size bed, a futon in the living area, and a small cabin with running water and electricity.

“The cabin wouldn’t have been more cute,” said Webber Shuss. “And when we arrived, they gave us firewood, ice, and two tin mugs, a deck of playing cards, and a flashlight.”

During the day, the mother-daughter duo strolled along the river and in Andrew Molera State Park. They stopped by the Big Sur Bakery and had lunch at the Big Sur River Inn. They also sat for five hours one afternoon, read a book by the fire, and reheated the tea on a regular basis.

“Whenever I went out, I could feel the fresh, cold air, smell other campfires, and hear Jaze quarreling in the rivers with trees and rivers. Inside. Only the TV was missing, but I didn’t really miss it at all. “

They cooked dinner in a small cabin kitchen, mostly using home-made food, but for dessert, they put homemade chocolate chip peacan cookie dough in a foil pouch, heated it on fire, and then ate it. .. Top with Madagascar vanilla ice cream and treat immediately from the foil. “Sorta likes the situation of chocolate chip cookie frying pans at Carmel’s Forge in the Forest restaurant,” Schuss said.

“Every day we made our own fire just outside the cabin,” said Webber Shuss.

Before leaving the cabin and returning to Carmel, they asked each other to summarize the best parts of the glamping escape.

For Webber-Schuss, it was spending time with her daughter. “It was great to have the opportunity to spend a mellow mother-daughter time uninterrupted, relax and not worry about anything else,” she said. “We found it very easy to be together.”

Shus agreed with his mother, but admitted that the only mistake they made was not booking a third night in the cabin.

“If we were staying another night, we could have taken a bigger hike if we wanted,” Webber Shuss said.

“If we want,” Shuss said.

Big Sur Camp Ground & Cabins is one of several sites available for glamping (or camping) at Big Sur. For more information, please visit www.bigsurcalifornia.org.