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Old 08-21-2008, 11:28 AM   #1
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Maybe with his clothes......thats what I should have said
Invited a friend to go camping with her two kids, myself and my kid. She was very excited but I know she has grand ideas with little follow thru (more of a 4 star hotel kinda gal). So I called the next day and said "well are we going to go?"
Her: yea I talked to my husband about that and he was really worried!
Me: oh yea don't worry my trailer locks, were going to a safe campground that I am familiar with...blah blah blah
her: (still hesitating) well he asked how are we going to start a fire?
me: (baffled) ummmm with wood, matches, newspaper...he knows I camp weekly right?
her: yea he really doesn't like the idea
me: ummm okay well if thats your reason for not going, but at lease tell your husband I know how to start a fire..( grrrrrrrr)
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Old 08-21-2008, 01:27 PM   #2
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1. Before starting any campfire, check to be sure that campfires are permitted at your campsite.
2. Where it's permitted, gather wood for your campfire. You want to collect everything from dry leaves and twigs, to small sticks and branches up to 2-4 inches in diameter.
3. If a fire ring is not already available, clear an area that's away from any trees or brush. A circle of rocks will help contain the campfire's ashes.
4. Place a small pile of dry leaves and twigs in the center of the fire ring.
5. Build a tepee of small sticks around these dry leaves and twigs.
6. Next, build a square wall of larger sticks around, and up to the height of, the tepee.
7. Place more sticks across the walls so as to cover the tepee.
8. Add another wall of larger branches, but do not cover the top.
9. Drop a match or two into the dry leaves and twigs until they catch fire.
10. As the fire begins to grow, add some larger branches across the top, being careful not to collapse the existing walls of the fire.
11. Continue to add larger branches and pieces of wood to keep the campfire going.
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Old 08-21-2008, 02:16 PM   #3
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Just take 1 boy scout and 1 girl scout and rub them together and you'll start a fire.
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Old 08-21-2008, 02:25 PM   #4
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Oh dear, he's afraid you won't be able to start a fire and then you'll all freeze to death out in the wilderness?

Maybe its time for silly responses instead of trying to be serious....

"No problem, I bring a flamethrower for those occasions when matches don't work"
"We'll start a fire at home and then carefully guard it all the way to the campground."
"Fire? We don't need no stinkin' fire! We eat our s'mores RAW when we're in the wilderness."



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Old 08-21-2008, 02:28 PM   #5
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Old 08-21-2008, 02:33 PM   #6
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Wow....

Sounds like there are more issues with the husband than how to start a campfire...

Maybe he was upset that he wasn't invited....I have a friend who's husband can't stand it that I'd like just 'girl time' and not take the husbands along sometimes...I guess I revert back to my college days of sitting around the livingroom in our apartment talking about 'boys' doing some "he said/she said" talk over a bowl of ice cream...You know, meaningless conversation but 'girl time'.

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Old 08-21-2008, 03:18 PM   #7
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Old 08-21-2008, 04:31 PM   #8
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Maybe the solution would be to have Brandy give a workshop on fire building at the next gathering, videotape it and then have it as documented proof that she has the capablities needed...........
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Old 08-21-2008, 05:08 PM   #10
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Maybe he is really afraid that she will learn how to "start a fire" and he ego would be turned to ashes. I don't know who is the bigger her or him.
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:34 PM   #11
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I occassionally get comments like:
  • "Surely you aren't going BY YOURSELF are you?"
  • "Aren't you afraid to travel THAT FAR??" (followed by the first question)
  • "You are, at least, taking your dogs with you, right?" (right, my scaredy-cat greyhounds!!)
  • "You won't go off hiking by yourself now will you?" (isn't that the point?)


I keep these comments in mind when I'm bemoaning the fact that I no longer backpack in bear country or ocean kayak during the storm season and am thinking I'm quite the pampered camper for having a bathroom and a kitchen and a locking door while camping in a ranger-patrolled state park minutes from the nearest town.

I've learned to take those comments in stride and congratulate myself on how incredibly "brave" and "adventurous" I am.

I may not be the outdoorswoman that I used to be - but there are still a whole lot of urban folks who consider making a simple campfire or hooking up a trailer to be the height of pioneering.
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Old 08-24-2008, 06:47 PM   #12
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LOL, we showed Brandy the safest way to 'do' a fire this last weekend!!

P.S. Brandy, I got your Disco Ball Spinner!!
Now we need to see how to trip that light fantastic, LOL!!!!!!
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Old 08-25-2008, 12:15 AM   #14
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Had a great time visiting you and the [b]THE TRAILER GODESS Get ready to disco in Langly...I'll bring the music and the disco ball. Thanks for showing me how to light a fire "the real manly way"




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LOL, we showed Brandy the safest way to 'do' a fire this last weekend!!

P.S. Brandy, I got your Disco Ball Spinner!!
Now we need to see how to trip that light fantastic, LOL!!!!!!
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