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   Posted 1/28/2010 10:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I think most of us either camp or have in the past. Camping means any type of staying over in an outdoor environment. You can stay in a tent, trailer or cabin and it's still camping. But when you're camping what do you like to do??? Go fishing, sleep, read, hike, play games, head for stores for some shopping???

When we go to the beach we take our 'toys' which for the 2 of us are mostly sewing machines. Hubby and I both quilt and he also hooks rugs. (My father used to make a new rug for everyone married or born into the family. When he passed away hubby took over the roll) We also love to read and sleep in! For us camping season goes from Sept through May...when school is in session. If we stay for more that a couple of days then we find an excuse to go to town and get milk and some treat. I'm not much of a shopper but instead I love to walk on the beach or if we're not at the ocean I love to walk somewhere outdoors.

What things do you do when camping or on vacation?
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   Posted 1/29/2010 12:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't *do* camping. The most I've ever done is at Sukkot, I've hung out in a Sukkah (Tabernacle, or a kind of hut made out of twigs & leaves, etc... Sukkot is a Jewish holiday) just to talk with friends & maybe read or have a snack in, but I won't sleep in one & I do NOT camp. LOL
I also don't mind hanging out by a fire.
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   Posted 1/29/2010 3:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I went camping....once. It was a most horrible experience. We were in a tent and there was a thunder and lightening storm....and I got my period. Woke up soaking wet and having cramps. We went home as soon as morning light hit. We were with some friends and had a much better time at our house playing cards and staying dry. I vowed never to go camping again. I guess a camper would be an improvement....I "might" try that.
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   Posted 1/29/2010 4:00 AM (GMT -7)   

We LOVE to camp.  I used to take the kids camping a lot, but didn't get to at all this year.  I love that feeling of no phone, no tv, no alarm clock.  We all eat food that we never eat any other time, and smell like the camp fire, and stay up late.  I love the early morning when the kids are zonked and I'm making a fire and drinking coffee and it's peaceful ...

We always meet the neatest folks when we camp, and I feel like I spend more special time with my kids when we are away from home.  None of that "I should be doing laundry/dishes/mowing/payingbills ....." stuff.  We just swim and hike and nap and eat and play card games .... it's wonderful.  And it's so affordable.  I can get a great site for $15 a night ... wow!

The key for me is finding a campsite with CLEAN bathrooms that have HOT water.  Then I can relax.  (I'm not a city girl, but I don't like to do what a  'bear in the woods' does either.  lol)

Of course, we live on a 50 acre farm ... so we have done some 'backyard camping' too .... which isn't as fun as going somewhere else ... but it's always fun.  We even thought about opening a campground on our land once for traveling motorcycle riders .... we live in such a gorgeous part of the world there are lots of tours that go through ...


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   Posted 1/29/2010 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I actually use to love to camp when the boys were growing up. We always found a place near water and a group of us would go and take the boats and ski during the day, relax by the fire at night. I don't know why but food seemed to taste better and we would all sleep like babies at night. I'm not a rough it kind of person so we had a camper, think I have only slept in a tent a couple times in my life. This was before cell phones and we didn't have a clue what was going on in the world while we were camping and didn't care.
Now, I have no desire to camp. Give me a luxury motel room and I am happy. Since shopping is therapy for me I love shopping in different stores when we are traveling and we always find a motel not far from stores so I can get there by myself in the evenings while DH stays at the motel resting. He doesn't share my love for shopping.
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   Posted 1/29/2010 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Princesses do not camp. I am a princess. Therefore, I do not camp. The closest I ever got was sleeping in a tent in the back yard with my niece when I was in high school, and that was not a happy night for me.

I want a solid floor and four solid walls around me. I want a real bed, and a restaurant and clean towels.


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   Posted 1/29/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Years ago hubby and I would do tent camping, sometimes at music festivals. One time
we even had fireworks shot right through our tent. Good thing we were laying down!
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   Posted 1/29/2010 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never been much of a camper, but my dh bought a travel trailer last summer and we went to a KOA at Renfro Valley, KY where they have live country music. 
It wasn't near as bad as I thought it would be although it rained the first day and night. 
While it was raining we did sit back and watch movies on the DVD player.  That really doesn't sound much like camping but it was a great "get away"  and I did get some rest.
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   Posted 1/29/2010 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hubby and I got to Cherokee, NC once or twice a year for camping at a KOA.  It's as close to camping as I like.  We rent one of their tiny cabins with a small kitchenette and shower.  The whole town is an Indian Reservation so there are alot of Indian themed things to do in town as well as a Harrah's Casino which we do at least one night while we are there and limit ourselves on what we spend.  Hubby will also fish and I will just enjoy the scenery while he fishes or maybe sit and read a book-occasionally I'll fish with him.  It's just beautiful there in the Smoky Mountains, I feel at peace while we are there.  We have went every year since we got married in 1997.

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   Posted 1/30/2010 2:43 AM (GMT -7)   
It's almost still Friday where I am and I really like this topic so forgive me posting 30 minutes late. :) I LOVE camping. My family was big into camping with all five of us kids - I think my first camp trip was when I was in diapers. here in Alaska we have ample opportunity to camp and get away from it all but I've discovered that I am at a stage in my life when I do not enjoy "doing what bears do in the woods," as do-over so aptly described! SO I've modified my camping gear to include a portable, folding toilet seat on legs, and that makes me happy. I enjoy regular campgrounds but also out of the way places just off the road, to really get away from it all. Alaska is one big campground, really. I have even camped here in the city on the beach, tucked into the trees just off a trail, and it's lovely. In June and July we get so much light it is beautiful to watch the city lights, the water, and it never really gets dark, just a nice dusk for a couple of hours.

I like to camp on the beach, fish for salmon, read and write, hang out with my family and friends, make a big campfire, cook the fish and whatever else we bring (steaks, burgers, etc.) on the fire. I have some serious woodsman-type friends who will build their own shelters out of tree boughs and stuff, but I sleep in a tent with a big air mattress. We have a lot of bears too, which make me a little nervous especially when the fish are running, so I like wide beachy areas with good visibility. My favorite thing about camping is the campfire, sleeping by running water, spending time with people, and knowing that I am alive and enjoying fresh air, and carving out my own space in a patch of rented real estate. When I go home, I make sure that nothing is left behind, only footprints, like I was never even there. Makes me really appreciate life. And I still toast marshmallows!
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Post Edited (Littleneck) : 1/30/2010 2:51:35 AM (GMT-7)

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