The sight of crisp stars on a moonless night and the flicker of campfires.
The smell of campfires, coffee perking by the fire, bacon frying in the morning.
The sound of your children laughing and having fun playing with the "little things in life."
These are a few of the things camping is made of.
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Have you been wanting to family camp but haven't quite known where to start?
If so, this is the place for you!
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In America, Camping for the most part began as a way of life before houses. The Camp site was known as a dwelling or just a place to bed down for the night for Travelers, Explorers, Hunters, Couriers and the Cowboy of the Old West, not to mention the American Indians. It was not somewhere you went for a week or a weekend to get away.
Today Camping is still used for Business, Travelers and an overnight accommodation. However, today Camping is used mostly as a means of Recreation.
Everyone has his or her own idea of what Camping is. With that comes a variation of Campers. For example: Roughing it for some means a Motor-Home with all the bells and whistle and for others a Backpack with cloths, first aid kit, dehydrated food, a sleeping bag and a blanket for ground cover. So, don't sweat it if you want to take that portable T.V. or the kitchen sink.
If you have never been camping before, start out slow. Take a weekend, pack the car with some supplies and find a campground close by your home. That way if something goes wrong or you, for whatever reason do not like it, home will be just down the road.
Some of the best pointers towards Camping you will find, comes from observing other Campers camping around you.
What makes a successful Camping trip? Well, if we did not starve, freeze, get washed away by rain, eaten by wild animals, kill each other and we left feeling good about the trip. Then we consider it a success, but then you will have to decide that for yourself.
Of course, some people will say that is not truly roughing it. Well, that is fine, but it is what we call camping.
We try to go at least once a year for a week. Then every so often we will go for just the weekend.
The way we setup!
Usually the first thing we do when we arrive at our campsite is to set up camp. The adults breaks up into two groups so as to speed things up. Tents take the longest and dad usually does this with little or no help. We have two, one for the kids and one for us. Mom usually will make up the cooking and eating area and puts the food away in a bear box (if available) or arrange it for easy access in the car.
There are several things we have to do before we go on a trip.
For those of you who don't know: Camping for the most part is not all that relaxing.
Now! Don't get me wrong, Camping is just as relaxing as any other vacation and it is a whole lot of fun, too! Especially if you have planned it out right.
One thing I would like to mention to about this page and myself. I am not an expert and all advice is my own opinion. The focus of this page is to give a basic idea of camping, my personal experiences and things you should think about before heading out