Hello Friends and Fellow Campers,
Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from Santa Barbara. We’re in the throws of August, Fiesta begins tomorrow in S.B. (it will be a scaled down version due to the rising coronavirus cases in the County linked to the highly-transmissible Delta variant), Labor Day is right around the corner, and I’m home for a change!
Some good news is on the horizon. The Gourmet Girls on Fire and our Gourmet Girls Go Camping Cookbook is being featured in Girl Camper magazine’s summer issue, due out this month.
As you can see, this is a beautiful magazine that belongs on every girl camper’s coffee table or in her van or tent. They feature articles on camp cooking, road trips, RV makeovers, and much more. You can subscribe here.
Janine Pettit founded Girl Camper in 2015 as a way to share her love of camping with other women (and the men who camp with them!) from first-timers to lifelong RVers.
From her early days of podcasting about her travels, Janine has grown Girl Camper into a multi-media digital platform with a tremendously successful podcast, static and video content, a deep and active social media presence, guest appearances at RV and camping events, host of Camper College presentations at dealerships nationwide, Ambassador role for Go RVing and major media placement in TV, print, radio, and web.
She has traveled more than 50,000 miles, crossing nearly every state in her mission to help women take the plunge and head out on the open road. She was a solo woman adventurer, meeting so many women across the country who wanted to find other women to travel with but didn’t have the support they needed to hit the road. So she began providing the education, community, and encouragement these women were craving.
Fast forward to where the movement is today! Tens of thousands of women joining the conversation on every way to go camping, cooking at the campfire, products to make camping more fun, staying safe on the road, attending events nationwide and more! You’ll find Girl Camper devotees everywhere, sharing powerful stories about how the Girl Camper message has allowed them to step out of their comfort zone and live their best life. How awesome!
Girl campers come in every stripe imaginable. I bet these gals would have loved Janine’s endeavors. The photo below was taken in 1951 by Museums Victoria.
Some more modern versions of girl campers.
As an often solo camper myself, I totally relate to Janine’s vision, and we are honored to be a part of her community in big and small ways. If you are a camper and want to connect with this amazing camper-in-chief, consider joining the Facebook group here.
In the meantime, have a great rest of your summer, keep on adventuring, and I hope to see you on the road!
Gail, Denise and Lindsey