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Old 09-25-13, 06:26 PM   #1
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How do you like to camp?

me i like to be as far away from people as i can get so there is no noise or light pollution i dont need water or electricity but i do like being on the lake and a course i camp in a tent
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State parks are one of my favorite places to camp. I usually try to get a site as far away from the main camp area. When I bike tour, which isn't often I sometimes get a primitive site which are usually pretty far from the car camping areas, and not used much..
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Stealth camp w/ Hennessy Hammock. I'm gone before dawn.
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I'll tell you when I get back weekend after next from canoe camping in the Okefenokee. We've had so much rain it should be nice and full.

I'll confess it's been a while. My last was in Central PA in a state park and my car was right there. Sort of like a really basic motel with critters.

My favorite was a hike in the Uwharrie Mountain area near Troy, NC. In three days I saw nobody.
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My favorite was a hike in the Uwharrie Mountain area near Troy, NC. In three days I saw nobody.
I love the N.C./S.C. areas, so much natural beauty. I spent a week in the Nantahala area a couple of years ago. Super nice area.
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we like meeting new people. we like big flat campsites with level parking. yes we're car campers, but hey we bring our bikes! we like camping near the ocean.
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its so nice being way way away because there is no light pollution and i can see so many stars and wildlife
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I'll tell you when I get back weekend after next from canoe camping in the Okefenokee. We've had so much rain it should be nice and full.

I'll confess it's been a while. My last was in Central PA in a state park and my car was right there. Sort of like a really basic motel with critters.

My favorite was a hike in the Uwharrie Mountain area near Troy, NC. In three days I saw nobody.
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I like what I call "comfort camping". Shower, real toilet and a restaurant nearby. I don't camp just to camp but a place to stay for the night while on tour.
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In some remote part of canyon country.
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I backpack and canoe/river camp a couple of times per year.

Usually local trails and rivers, but I did spend a week in BWCA. 50 miles of wilderness, navigating by map and compass (no marked trails).

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Camping w/ grade-schoolers, in an area w/ lots of choices, I like national parks the best. State parks, and wilderness areas the kids can make, generally concentrate loud drunks I'd rather get away from in the first place. I don't know why the same people avoid the national parks, if it's just the fee structure alone (even though they cost less than state and county parks?), but I am willing to go with it. Wilderness areas the kids can reach are the worst. If state parks draw thugs, wilderness areas draw thugs on steroids (over a couple mile hike anyway).
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It's sad, but I can't remember. Last time I camped was in a tube tent, in a public park, in the pouring rain. Before that was with my girlfriend on a mountain top overlooking Ojai. It rained so much that night that Ojai flooded. But we were above clouds.
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I like to find a large wooded area within a state park or whatnot and go in as far as I think I'll be able to to carry all my stuff with relative ease. The couple of rangers I've run into haven't really cared...
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Don't like state or national park campgrounds as they tend to put people right on top of each other. That said, bike camping to a state or national campground works well as they tend to put bike campers in primitive campground areas far away from the maddening crowd.

When I car camp, it is with a tent... but I'd rather camp in Baja, where I am far from anything... my favorite camping down there has been at isolated beaches where you get the feeling you are the only persons on earth as you see no one else around as far as you look, and can dance and sing around a big campfire late into the night without disturbing anyone.
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my favorite camping down there has been at isolated beaches where you get the feeling you are the only persons on earth as you see no one else around as far as you look, and can dance and sing around a big campfire late into the night without disturbing anyone.
Do you dance around that campfire naked?
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That's hardly what I would call camping, but to each their own, I guess.
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I don't like camping in state park campgrounds any more, since the lack of rangers these days almost guarantees that there will be at least one campsite of dumbasses who have to be loud as hell while they get drunk around the fire until 3 am.

I prefer national forest land, where you can camp just about anywhere in the back country. Sometimes I'll backpack, or sometimes just find a good spot to park the car and haul my tent and gear off into the woods far enough to be out of sight. Canoe or kayak camping is also a blast.

Gotta wonder about people who don't camp - fear or no tolerance for less than 100% comfort I'd guess.

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Uh, not since I turned 30...

Seriously, often when we go camping in Baja, it is with other folks who also drive 4WD vehicles... that way we have backup in case a vehicle fails somewhere way off road... and most of these folks also play guitar or other musical instruments... so late at night, after we've eaten, we tend to get into long jam sessions that might be considered a bit rude and loud at your typical state campground.

Having said that... a couple years ago we were in Yellowstone and there was a large group down at the end of the tent camping area that was whooping and singing late into the evening one night... we went down to their site and joined right on in.

However, during that same Yellowstone trip it got so cold at night that folks in the campsite next to us decided to run their car from about 2AM until dawn to stay warm...
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I don't like camping in state park campgrounds any more, since the lack of rangers these days almost guarantees that there will be at least one campsite of dumbasses who have to be loud as hell while they get drunk around the fire until 3 am.

I prefer national forest land, where you can camp just about anywhere in the back country. Sometimes I'll backpack, or sometimes just find a good spot to park the car and haul my tent and gear off into the woods far enough to be out of sight. Canoe or kayak camping is also a blast.

Gotta wonder about people who don't camp - fear or no tolerance for less than 100% comfort I'd guess.


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Several years back we met my wife's brother and sister and their respective families to camp in Monterey, CA in Veteran's Memorial Park... now this park is just a mile from downtown, and right next to a military base... Kind of an odd place to camp, but what the heck... We all competed for "most comfortable tent." My brother-in-law won... they had some big inflatable air mattress, on top of a small carpet, and then that was all covered with a couple of big comforters, with the sleeping bags on top... it looked like a "people nest..." all fluffy and nice. He even put a small welcome mat out in front of the tent with a small area of fake grass (outdoor carpet). It was classic.
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^^^ I've had the bad experience of being next to campers like that, the ones I have been next to usually blast their T.V. late into the night as well.
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Like it was done this one time in band camp.....
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