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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I grew up taking family vacations which involved campground camping every summer. It's fun, although I admit that I also enjoy camping with modern facilities as well. My husband, who had never been camping in his life, and I went camping one year in a tent and we both enjoyed ourselves immensely. Last year we were planning to go tent camping again but at the last minute told me to call the campground and ask about the rooms they had advertised to see if any were available. Thank goodness there were, because it stormed all night long one night and all day long the next. We would have been 'washed away' had we stayed in the tent! As it turned out, we had a wonderful time in the room. The only thing missing really was good tap water for drinking - the water was nasty. Thankfully, we had already brought our own along so we were just fine.
I hope you had fun camping! I can't wait to go this summer - even if it's just my daughter and myself it will be fun. I would, of course, much rather that my husband go too - and he will if he's available. Before a couple of years ago, he'd never been camping. Not even as a kid and growing up! My daughter is camping this week at Bible Camp and she'll be camping for a week at a horse camp early next month, so I'm not really sure how much she'll want to go camping with me. She's also never been camping with Dad along, so that would be rather enticing for her. Plus, she'd get to go fishing. She won't eat them (or very, very rarely) but she'll catch 'em and clean 'em. We made an agreement years ago that she'd catch them and I would eat them. Whenever she'd go visiting her aunt and uncle and get homesick, my sister would take her to the local trout farm and that made her feel quite a bit better. Anywho...
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