I just made reservations for Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Colorado and have been planning other camping trips with friends and family. We have a nice Jayco pop-up that suits us, though someday we may go with a self-contained trailer.
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i camp in my hawk gooseneck after i kick the horses out for the night.
it's quite decadent with my hay and shavings bales turned into tables with the help of tablecloths, and my cushy temperpedic bed rests atop a half dozen bales as well.
the whole thing is draped with mosquito netting for a very arabian nights feel,lol.
I so very much miss camping. Neither my husband nor kids can stand it, so I haven't been camping in ages.
My favorite camping means I don't even use a tent. A sleeping bag under mosquito netting draped over a low branch. Another fun way is in the bed of a pickup, mosquito netting draped over sides of bed with heavyweight sinkers on the edges to hold it in place. Gorgeous view of the stars and less uninvited guests.
One of my brothers used to have an old school bus he gutted and redid as a camper. It was pretty awesome.
You jump in the saddle,
Hold onto the bridle!
Jump in the line!
I'm done with backpack camping. Fun when I was younger but the whole sleeping on the ground, dehydrated food, swatting skeeters, stinky body thing just isn't worth it for me anymore. When we do our Yellowstone trip, it will be in a fully equipped RV
In my premarriage days - with a backpack and tent. Backpacked all over Tetons, across Glacier, on the Masai Mara in Kenya (and up Mt. Kenya) - best, best, best way to go. did NOLS (an awesome program which does NOT allow one to use/bring TP, however). I am NOT that militant but agree that it is disgusting to be hiking along and see plumes of TP or very poorly dug cat holes.
Mr. LT however, is NOT a backpacker and has a wall tent, which has been great for hunting camp. We are out in the middle of serious boonies, and the tent is large enough for a small stove. I am not allowed to deal with the stove anymore, ever since I stoked the SHIT out of it and was feeling nice and cozy while the side of the stove glowed orange and the other guys in the tent were melting and gasping for air! In late Nov - early Dec a camper of some type would be nice, but he already has a trailer for hauling the animals out, so I guess we'll contnue with the wall tent.
However you do it though, just being out is awesome. I lived in a tent in a campground for a summer, and was pretty much outside the whole time. it was wonderful. I can make bread and a really good cake over an open camp fire (and over a little whisperlite stove as well!)
We *camp* in our motorhome. I've always been outdoorsy so except for sleeping, storing food and refuge from bad weather, we are never IN the motorhome.
And it's really handy for horse shows, which is also called camping. I think tent camping is great for the younger crowd but once you get over 70, the game changes a bit.
Don't be too hard on RVers...they like the same things you do, they just do it differently.
edited to add: diabetes precludes me having bread or grain products or starches like chips. The fridge in the rv is best for all my veggies. No hot dogs or hamburgers or sandwiches or toast for me. Not impossible to do but does complicate things a bit.
I couldn't answer the poll. I sleep in the horse part of my bumper pull. Floor is covered with shavings, I scoop the manure out, lay down a tarp, air mattress and sleeping bag. I only horse camp so it works for me.
We do pack trips nearly exclusively, usually at least 10 miles from the trail head. We really get away from it all and sleep under the stars; I usually don't sleep in the tent unless it's raining. As long as I have a book, my music on the MP3, a little food and my wine I'm a happy camper.
Sometimes we camp at the truck and ride out from there but not in a camper, always a tent or in the open.
Occasionally we rent a cabin and that can be an easy luxurious way to go but there's something I just really like about burrowing into the grass with the dogs, listening to the horses graze in the dark, feeling the wind blow and waking up at first light to deer or moose passing through.... love it.