As I write this blog, I'm sat looking out of my tent towards the lapping waters of a crisp blue loch and a golden sandy beach in Aviemore.
I've travelled to Scotland with my colleague, Senior Technical Advisor Iain Geddes for two magazine features, details of which you can read more about in future issues.
So far our journey has taken us through the Lake District and into Moffat for an overnight rest. It's a delightful little place with quirky shops and plenty of personality to admire.
After packing away our tents, we travelled to Jerba motorhomes in North Berwick to collect our Transporter van conversion for the rest of the trip. For those who follow our magazine twitter feed (@FriendlyClubMag) they'll be all too aware of my ability to pitch the tent in a seemingly flat and well drained piece of the site, only to wake up and find it swimming in water. Hence the unique hashtag attributed to me, #pitchedinapuddle.
Hopefully this van should mitigate against such issues if the Scottish weather doesn't behave itself.
As part of our adventure, we will be testing various bits of kit including a Robens Typhon tent, some waterproof clothing (which has already proven its worth) and the new Land Rover Freelander 2. You can read more about these products in coming issues of Camping and Caravanning too.
The scenery is staggering and I suspect the best is still yet to come.
If only I'd packed my bucket and spade for a trip to the beach...
Mark Round is Club Reporter for Camping and Caravanning. Mark has extensive experience working as a journalist having achieved Senior Reporter accreditation from the National Council for the Training of Journalists after completing the intensive National Certificate Examination while working as a newspaper reporter in the Midlands. He joined the Club to combine his passion for writing and his love for the great outdoors.