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   Posted 6/30/2009 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Did you go Camping when you were growing up? Did you use a tent, trailer, van or just slept under the start? But most important did you like it?

Some of my best memories were going camping as a kid. It was one time we were all together since my brother (older by 3 years) was a stinker and as soon as he could talk our parents into it, he would stay home come vacation time. We used to tent camp in a heavy, damp old army surplus tent. It was awful but I love it anyway. Most always my air mattress was flat by morning and I found myself with several rocks poking me in the back. I sure was happy when dad bought a used camper. I was in heaven!! A few years later he traded for a small trailer which we took to Yellowstone one summer. That was even better! It was not much to brag about but it was a castle on wheels in my mind. I still love camping but now days I don't rough it...this body won't tolerate it...but getting away to where it's quiet and beautiful out in nature is my idea of vacation. I don't do cities...never have....but then I was raised in a rural area.

How about you?? Did you grow up camping???
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   Posted 6/30/2009 1:41 AM (GMT -6)   
i hav never been camping, i grew up in penn. but moved to montana, and EVERYONE here has been and still does camp lik every chance they get! i was so so teased in school cuz i was the only one in the whole school who had nevver been camping! lol i find it quite amusing now and it does sound odd, i live in montana, i dont camp, fish, or hike; ive never been to yellowstone or glacier park.....i hav see the beartooth mountains tho! yay lol, i do not think i would lik camping tho, maybe in a trailer...
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   Posted 6/30/2009 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   

I was very lucky, I got to camp in style...my Dad decided he was going to try to be an outdoorsman and purchased a double decker Camper (the kind that went on the back of a pickup truck)!  We went many places and it was truly a fun family experience.  One year we went to Niagra Falls and ventured into Canada for the 4th of July.  My Dad bought firecrackers and decided to take a back road and as we were driving was throwing them out the window WHILE DRIVING...as I look back I bet they were M80's or something like that, because as we were driving along, somehow he managed to blow 2 tires....on another trip we were stuck in traffic and came upon an underpass that was too low for us to venture through, called to the scene were firetrucks, police and at our young age we heard a variety of words as cars had to back out so we could back out...talk about a scene!  Lets just say after these 2 events, my Dad decided with our urging that Cabinet Making was his true calling!!  For 5 years after, our Beautiful Camper sat in our driveway and served as our ClubHouse until he was finally able to sell it.  It was so fun even with the mishaps along the way!


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   Posted 6/30/2009 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
We went down to Cincinnati and stayed at KingsIsland campground and Stephenwolf (SP?) was the main act
even though we could'nt go to this concert we could hear it and it was great...plus back then they did Fireworks every night at 10 p.m.
only good memory from camping I have.....
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   Posted 6/30/2009 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Sitting here with my coffee and recalling camping memories.  With my family in Iowa, hot and humid at the lakes and fishing, sleeping in a damp canvas tent.  With my siblings and their families when we had a boat and it was still hot and humid in Iowa until we found out when we weren't on the boat, we would just hang in the water.  In Canada and Minnesota in a cabin with our boat and hot chocolate every cool morning.  We would go out on the boat to escape the skeeters in the evenings.  In NW Washington near Port Angeles where we could see the Olympic mountains out our tent window and walk down to the beach along the strait and see British Columbia across the water.  Then with my husband in Colorado, in an area where you could only take a jeep or 4 wheeler.  We would reserve a site.  Very private sites and very peaceful.  So peaceful a moose cow/ calf hung out all weekend and people hung humming bird feeders.   People were literally whispering.  We would put up a tarp over our the entrance to our tent and our cooking area, and picnic table.  Bacon and eggs every morning cooked outside, a little hiking with picnic lunch and taking our dog who loved to sit and watch the squirrels.  Then evenings a woodfire and cooking steaks or burgers.  Nothing ever tasted as good.  We have never gone to a commercial site.  We have a lot of camping memories, 99% good.  The 1% belongs to my brother who got his thighs so sunburned while on the boat that he severely blistered, his skin had an odor and the blisters would fill with water when he showered.  He always had to learn the hard way.  His daughters also had diarrhea that year and the outhouse was a short hike away and his wife refused to ever go there again.  We bought a port-a-potty after that.
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   Posted 6/30/2009 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never been camping for real, although it sounds like a lot of fun (minus the bugs). The only "camping" I have done is in my, or my friend's backyard, back when I was in elementary & middle school. We used to pitch an old tent that my parents had had for nearly 20 years (it always smelled strange, like melted plastic & dampness, or something), and then lug our sleeping bags & occasional air-mattress out into the tent. It was fun, but certainly far from real camping!

Other than that, the closest I have come was when I was in middle school & went to a sleep-away camp for a couple of weeks, a few years in a row. And also when we went white-water rafting in Mass. & spent the night in one of those "permanent tents" & bunk beds at the campground.

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