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Does anyone really camp anymore?

My mother came from a family of nine children . Her Norwegian parents wanted their children to take a vacation in the summer. For awhile, they spent time with relatives who had also immigrated to the States. But it gradually dawned on them that their relatives were getting tired. Apparently, seeing the large contingent of people driving up to their house was not what they wanted.

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My grandparents finally decided that camping might be the answer. They had to study the what, where, when, and how of camping. Friends and family were very happy to help. They offerred suggestions on destinations, supplies, utensils, and anything that might he work. (I suspect they really wanted it to succeed.}

Over the next 20 years or so (maybe longer) my mother's family always camped at a Northern Minnesota lake. They learned to fish, how to cook in the outdoors, how to build a good campfire and, most importantly, how to have a great time being together.

As a child, my family did camp. It was a very thrifty practice. My parents did save money sleeping in the great outdoors. I remember the canvas tents and army surplus cots my parents used. My brother and I usually slept on blankets on the the cloth floor. My father also bought a used Spartan aluminium trailer. He towed it to a variety of locations. Our favorite, by far, was a State beach park in Carpenteria, California. When I close my eyes I can still hear the sound of ocean waves hitting against the sand.

Following our marriage, my husband and I tried camping but we didn't seem to have as much fun. He had little interest in sleeping in a tent. So we confined our travel to driving cross country and sleeping in the cleanest, but lowest priced, motels we could find. Then we travelled on to the Midwest.

The wonders of camping, while a child, are memorable. There must be people out there that find it a very special.

One of my goals for the summer will be to reinvestigate and learn all the where, when, how, and why people do it.

Maybe their are groups of knowledgeable people who can help. Maybe I'll ask the Boy Scouts.

Lori Blatzheim is a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, thrift advocate, and retired nurse. She knows that use of Thrift can help people because she has experienced the benefits.

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map578 said:

We camped when our children were young. We took weekend trips when they were grown. I am now a grandmother and decided we would try an over night trip with our grandchildren 3 and 5 years old.

Tried to book a Friday night any time between June through August about a month ago and with no luck.

They are definitely camping along the shore line in CT.

April 16, 2012 12:55 PM
 

Juneflower said:

I love to camp. I've done tent camping in the Poconos, southern Appalachia, and on the Atlantic coast. I traveled around the Southeast looking for work, and camped in a truck topper.

Camping is still widely acceptable recreation across America, but it is not for everyone.  People with tender backs don't do well sleeping on the ground, and those folks whose comfort zone ranges from 68 to 72 on the thermostat will complain profusely.

April 22, 2012 9:25 PM
 

jwoody285 said:

I love to camp.  The secret is to find the right camping equipment.  When the boys where young, we tent camped a lot.  As we all got older, we moved up to a pop-up camper.  Loved my pop-up.  It was the best of both worlds, a tent, but off the ground and a comfortable dry place to go when it was yucky outside.  And a pop-up can be towed by almost any vehicle.  Now that the kids are grown with families of their own, I am looking for a small travel trailer.  I like traveling across the country and sometimes only spend one night in an area.  It's like bringing your motel room with you.  Find a place to park, eat, sleep, get up and be on your way again with little fuss.  You can rent all kinds of rvs before you buy one.  That way you will know if that's the way to go before shelling out a lot of money.  Happy Camping!

April 23, 2012 11:22 AM

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