When we were in college, my husband and I would hike portions of the appalachian trail in vermont. It was real backwoods camping--black biting flies, drinking from the streams (so we went in the spring for the best water), campfire cooking of freeze dried foods, etc. The hardest part for me was the lack of sanitary facilities--I had a really tough time with using the bushes. At the end of the trip, I tried to clean up in a stream under a bridge. That water was SO COLD my legs seized up on me but it felt good to at least be clean. The "menfolk" kept watch on top of the bridge so we ladies had privacy. One of the girls kept watch on the men to make sure there was no peeking either. The guys did laugh a lot though because we were shrieking in the cold water. They said they would shower at home in the warmth--wimps.
My husband and I eventually graduated to a larger tent, which we took to Disney and discovered canvas leaks. Our backpack tent never did that. It was not pleasant.
When the kids came along, we tried a couple of years with a tent but more often rented cabins. When the 4th child came, I convinced my husband to consider camping, but with a "pop up" instead of a tent. It took a while to get him to consider it, but eventually he did and we were going to buy one at the RV show in town. We went and ended up buying a class C motorhome instead. That was 14 years ago and we got 10 years out of it until it was destroyed in a fire (don't ask--we were in the RV at the time). We got a new one a year later and continued camping that way.
It's not primitive at all and I sometimes feel guilty calling it camping--I call it my "condo" on the beach, in the mountains--wherever I go,it is home.
Leaving tomorrow around noonish!
Today is a thrilling THursday but tomorrow----Fantastic Friday!
Edited by: GEMSTONE1952 at: 6/19/2008 (15:07)
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