johnmasom: I love camping. Never get to do it anymore and miss the time in the woods. The cool fresh air in the morning, the smell of wood smoke and all the tedious little things to do to set camp and then goofing in the wood looking for and identifying tracks and plants etc. I almost became a USAF survival specialist because I like to be out in the wilderness so much. Oh well…..one day…..
patti1965: That is true...and its such a relaxed atmosphere...fresh smells, cooking on the fire...but is soo much better with the right ppl..
patti1965: Yes...but at places where i am considered?? family...so not always alone.. Always know someone? somewhere?
johnmasom: Not sure I understand the question. But if u r asking where I go camping that would be where ever I can or should I say be allowed. Now of days land owners in my area are a bit peckish about letting anyone camp on their land, even if they know u. In recent years the rare few times I have had the chance to get into the woods to camp it has been at a state park. That’s not bad, but not exactly the kind of camping I'd like to do. There tends to be too many people crowded into a small area where u have to do anything BUT primitive camping. That’s what I prefer to do in order to try to practice survival skills like fire starting, shelter construction, tracking, etc. If I don’t get to practice I’ll get rusty and I don’t want to do that. I usually camp alone because I don’t know anyone in my area who likes primitive camping. You asked “If i was in the wild...camping?? i would need u around?? lol” Sorry but I’m not really sure if that’s ur question, or a statement. If u r asking if I’d b useful I don’t know. Some people don’t think I have much use but I guess I would say the same about them. I think I would be of some use to u in the wilderness if for no other reason than I know what I shouldn't do.
patti1965: I have done the primitive camping...and i loved it.!! Now?? i am afraid it is more civilized fr me? and yes!!! i meant? i would NEED you if i did the 'wild' camping?? lol i am so, not good, at fishing and have never hunted!!
I think the people that would say..u are 'not useful'....are idiots!!.
I do know one thing about campers(the people), whether it is primitive or civilized, ALL have something to 'bring to the table'!!!
patti1965: and i? have a 25ft. trailer.......is 'AWESOME' and is?? all mime!! lol i enjoy every chance i get!!!!!!!!!!!
The Other Mike: Camping is a blast. I have 4 different tents. All depends on what adventure the son and I are looking for.
PureSilver67: I like camping too, just road-tripped and camped across Australia for 8 weeks. Must say, I prefer if it had been longer so that I could have stayed in places longer as I didn't like the (sometimes) daily packing up and putting up the tent that night. Next time that's what I'll do. Also bought a bigger tent than I left with so I could stand - made things easier.
patti1965: i do so envy U!! Pure silver.... and i hope ur next trip..is longer and easier for u!! enjoying the surroundings is key! make it so u can enjoy ur trip. 8 weeks is short if u spend half ur time...setting up and tearing down...
The Other Mike: My son and I establish a base camp, then have our own personal gear for adventures. That way we can have more time to explore and what not.
PureSilver67: @ patti - thanks.
@ TOM - that's what I plan to do next time, 1 State ... say 4 weeks, 1 week in each area or something like that. Or might have a camper van and not have to set up, but then there's some places inaccessible to campers/ caravans.
Anyway, am sure there'll be more fun camping to come.
The Other Mike: Pure, Our basecamp generally tends to be car camping, so just a big tent for he and I to share. We then turn around and have our own individual tends to get to the places where we cant access via car. Say a 5-10miles hike or so in.
PureSilver67: he he ... not sure about the hiking with backpack bit .... have done 12km with my girls (all day, slow, enjoying the forest & wildlife) but at the end of the day, we were back in canvas "cabins" (tents with wooden bases).
On our 8 week trip, it was just in a car, with food & sleeping bags in the boot and tent, chairs, gas bottle & stove, cool little camping table and clothes on the roof rack (cage). When we knew we would be stopping just one night we usually ended up sleeping in the car. Longer stops I had bought along the way a larger tent (that I could stand in). I wouldn't take two tents normally. We were also travelling across Australia (14,500km all up) so there were a few days/nights just aimed at getting somewhere and sleeping to get to our end point of WA.
PureSilver67: @ Scopinitout1 - if your comment was aimed at me - YES we had a fantastic time. In fact it's an experience none of us will forget. Such special time to have with my daughters and sharing the beauty of this great country we live in.
euphorbia: I love hike-out camping, in a tent, digging your own latrine etc. but my maximum stay this way is about 5 days. Then junk food beckons...
PureSilver67: You can drink any type of alcohol practically anywhere ...
What makes camping special is the being in nature aspect, the quiet, the enjoyment of the birdlife singing in the morning & evening, walking (and for some hiking) along beautiful trails spotting this and that (insects, birds, a special plant) along the way, a camp fire and campfire cooking etc.
Oh and in lots of cases it can also be the people you meet along the way - if you're travelling and camping.
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