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The REI Camp Bed: Sleeping on Thick Air

The REI Camp Bed: Sleeping on Thick Air

At the end of July I had an opportunity to “camp” in a cabin at Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park. The cabins have platform beds, which the park concessionaire’s Website described as being

“… a firm, three-inch mattress on a bed frame or platform. They come as double, single or bunk beds. The beds are quite firm, so if you prefer something soft, we recommend you bring an air mattress or pad to place atop the platform bed’s mattress to add a cushioning. No bedding is included. Bring sleeping bags or bedding, or rent the Camper’s Package which includes sleeping bags.”

Added cushioning made a lot of sense to me, but presented a night-time dilemma: Although I still had a sleeping bag, I had long ago given away the Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad I bought many years ago.

Here’s how I solved my need for a cushy bed.

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