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Old 06-21-2013, 03:52 PM   #1
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Smile First time camping alone

It has been almost a month since my wife passed away. I wasn't sure if I wanted to camp alone though I never said that to anyone. I decided that the longer I waited the harder it would be to go so I went out for three days this week. It wasn't too bad. Three couples across from me invited me to share their campfire. I did. I was camping near where my musician son was playing so he joined me for the third night. Again I/we were invited to share the fire and we did. As I was eating supper and before my son came, a man from a few sites away had noticed that I was alone. His wife fixed me a supper plate which he brought. I'll have that tonight. People, and I believe most people, are really NICE.

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Old 06-21-2013, 04:10 PM   #2
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:27 PM   #3
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That's awesome !

I've pondered what i would do if the same took place for me. Like yourself i would do it! After all...Where would my wife want to be on a beautiful day off? Certainly at one of her favorite spots with her soul mate and best friend. So i would head out and visit many of the spots we so enjoyed together knowing she would be enjoying the adventure at my side if still on this side of the veil.

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Old 06-21-2013, 06:39 PM   #4
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Good for you Bob, good for you

As you've found, some of the nicest people you'll meet are in campgrounds and although your camping experiences are no longer what you had before, they can still be nice and good memory makers.

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Old 06-22-2013, 04:48 AM   #5
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Life goes on my friend, and memories of loved ones gone helps to rekindle their spirit. A month isnt long but more time will bring on easier days and things you enjoy while your still here, even with that void, will in the end satisfy.
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:35 AM   #6
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Way to go Bob. I'm sure it will be a struggle, but I believe we all have a plan in life and I'm sure your wife would have wanted you to continue doing the things you enjoy. Donna is right; some of the best people are found at camp sights. You are an inspiration to us all and I wish you the best adventures in life. I have always wondered also what I would do but we never can be sure until that time comes. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and adventures with us.
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:18 AM   #7
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Bob, I think your probably right when you say, the longer you put it off the harder it would be. It's wonderful that you met some great fellow campers to help make the first outing less miserable. Lot's of first ahead of you, but remember she will always be with you in heart!
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:45 AM   #8
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Bob I feel for your struggle and pain.
I like to look at it like this. Maybe she helped direct you to that campsite and helped direct those wonderful people to you who went out of their way to make you feel comfortable and help ease your pain. She will always be in your heart, mind and soul and now you have your own personal gardian angel to help protect you on your path forward.
I am glad your up and about trying to make peace with what has happened.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:47 AM   #9
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for your new adventures, I would like to suggest: a camping log/book, so when you meet your new friends you can keep track of the where, when and what they thought of your camper, and maybe leave a message for you to ready later
just a thought
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:58 AM   #10
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I think a lot of times that campgrounds/RV parks are kind of like what neighborhoods were when I was a kid, eons ago. I am so glad that your first camping trip alone turned out so well but am not surprised. May you have many more like that.
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Bob, I think about your story often, and am so glad you ventured out! Cathy P. is right---there seems to be a bonding at these places taking us back to a "more friendly" time. And now, after reading of your experience, I will be more alert to campers around me (solo campers, harried parents, frustrated newbies, etc)

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