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Old 06-02-2003, 08:56 AM   #15
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Simply put

Sometimes I sits.

Somtimes I thinks.

Sometimes I just sits and thinks.

That's what I do when I camp.
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Old 06-02-2003, 08:58 AM   #16
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Your picture

As most of us said. Camping to each one of us is different.

My definition of camping is not the same as those in your picture. Perhaps I am not as good as defining my personal space as most of those are.

Then again, they may camp because they enjoy meeting people. Perhaps their definition of camping is just the opposite of mine. Perhaps they are escaping to something rather than from it.
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Old 06-02-2003, 10:07 AM   #17
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Ken,

As desert dwellers, my wife calls it a green fix.

What we do is: <img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3edb68286cb9bhammock.gif/>

That picture of the desert near Quartzite is obscene. Those folks aren't camping. Instead of communing with nature, they're communing with other RVers. :nono
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Old 06-02-2003, 10:20 AM   #18
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I thank you one and all for contributing. In conclusion I think I'll leave my traveler label on and skip going out to simply "camp." That does not imply that those of you who DO enjoy camping should change.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3edb6ad7eee71Boler-at-MacDonald-lake(2).jpg/>

Roll on folks.
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Old 06-02-2003, 10:43 AM   #19
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Ken,

The picture you posted is a place that I may stop to sleep, but not a place that I would stay at.

I think camping is a persons way of satisfying a basic need to nest. Have you noticed how we are like a bird who sits on her nest, moving things(twigs) around to improve it. Aways trying to improve or make it better. Adding this or that and redoing it over. The factory's have spent years designing and improving our trailers but not a single one will suit us, without changes or improvements.

We don't have to go anywhere to camp. All we need to do is just sit in it ,and move things around our nest, to get some satisfaction.

But if we do go to a strange place far away from home, it is a great feeling to find out that our own nest followed us there.

And I'll have to say a lot of us make up all kind of reasons why we must satisfy this need.
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Old 06-02-2003, 10:48 AM   #20
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Ron, I think you get the golden award. You nailed it perfectly! I even go out and sit in the little trailer at times for no better reason than to see if there isn't some little thing I could improve.:lol
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Old 06-02-2003, 10:51 AM   #21
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Perspective Changes

To me, camping is about nature, and being "away from it all." But, really for me the difference between camping and traveling is not about the equipment and the accomodations. The motivations are almost the same. I leave home to change my perspective. I think more clearly when I am in "nature" than in the city. Even if I am walking a forested trail behind my house, it clears my brain. Not sure why.:huh But the difference for me is that camping is relaxing and travel is stimulating.

Camping is getting myself as close to nature as comfort and prudence allow (I am a tree-hugger, not a bear-hugger:nono ). I use the right equipment to get me where I can see naturally occurring wonders and enjoy beauty that existed before any of us got here. It changes my perspective and clears my head for a time. I can see stuff I don't see daily at home. I am out of my element. New thoughts emerge and coalesce.

Travelling changes my perspective by letting me see how others live and soak up ideas others have had. Whether it is the Sistine chapel, ancient ruins, modern wonders or the homeless gathered on street corners, it all sort of rattles loose some of my rusty thought patterns. I gather from the great thinkers and the spoilers alike. I can see stuff I wouldn't see at home. I am out of my element.

Whether the object is relaxation or stimulation, camping and travelling both free my mind and give me new ways to see the world.

There is a lot of research that shows that the brain actually changes when exposed to new experiences and activities. New pathways are etched and the old ones are strengthened or abandoned. When I am done with camping or travelling, I return to my previous life, but my brain has actually changed, as has my soul.

As for Quartzite, it is a shocking picture from a nature perspective. But if you look at it from a travel perspective it is fascinating. An entire community has come together to function for a time as a unit, then they scatter and come together again a year later to compare notes. Boondockers meeting their need for comunity and culture. I might even check the place out myself. However, I can't see myself devoting my life to it.
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Old 06-02-2003, 11:51 AM   #22
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We've been to Quartzite (on our way to Yuma, AZ and Algodones, MX from Lake Havasu City, AZ).

We couldn't drive through fast enough. THAT is not camping. :o
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Old 06-02-2003, 02:02 PM   #23
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What is "Camping"

Merriam-Webster:
Camping
Function: verb
Date: 1543
intransitive senses
1 : to make camp or occupy a camp
2 : to live temporarily in a camp or outdoors -- often used with out
3 : to take up one's quarters : LODGE
4 : to take up one's position : settle down

I think a good definition of camping might be: a temporary living unit arrangement (either geographically or by construction) which supports the lifestyle and interests of the individual(s). I guess like life, camping is what you make it!

When I cost justified my trailer I identified three different camping modes were I would make use of the trailer.

Nature camping: Where I prefer a secluded and private site set in a natural setting. Activities include hiking, kayaking, nature viewing and site seeing (mostly landscape) and general RR. This is campfire country! I'll sit in one spot or I can move camp from one eco system to the next.

Event camping: Camping to attend an event (Car race, Mardi Gras, Jazz fest, etc.), site quality isn't a big issue...location, location, location. Activities include the main event and possibly other local sites. "Traditional" Lodging can be impossible to find or very cost prohibitive. I'll usually stay in one place the whole time.

Touring camping: Roadtrip! - usually a combination of the above with visits to cities (Art museums, gardens), battlefields, Indian mounds, and other interests. Various sites at various locations that I've been interested in seeing will get linked together usually in a loop fashioned roadtrip for a lot of variety. I usually move at least every couple days and will make frequent stops while in transit between camping locations.
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Old 06-02-2003, 02:55 PM   #24
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This thread has been most useful - camping is all things to all people.

I started this because we have been asked many times in our travels, by couples contemplating retirement, how we liked our little Trillium. Always as the conversation advanced the difference in expectations would emerge from the prospective retirees. So, it follows that the selection of an RV hinges largely upon whether you are going to sit still a lot or roll more frequently. Frankly, if we were going to sit still I would buy a bigger rig and be comfortable. As it is, we thoroughly enjoy rolling into the sack in our tiny motel room. All we want is a place to sleep and make a light meal.

If you are single none of this amounts to a hill of beans. Forget it! Go do what winds you up. But, if you leave home as a couple with a trailer behind you, you had better understand what each of you expect out of “camping.” It is sheer agony for the traveler to sit day after day in the same campsite. They have walked down to the lake and snapped a picture. They have shaken the hand of the couple with the dog next door. Now what? No TV, no computer, what now? He/she wants to get rolling after a meal and good nights’ sleep. The partner is ecstatic; this is just what they had in mind. On the other hand, it is absolute torture for the “camper” to roll mile after mile while the traveler is admiring the scenery unfolding before their eyes. They fidget in the seat wondering when are we going to stop?

I won’t be so brazen as to suggest I know a solution to this problem but I do know it is something that needs to be addressed. I think the answer is under C in the dictionary, like compromise.

Happy sunsets everyone!
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Old 06-02-2003, 03:39 PM   #25
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Camping.....hmmm.

I have done a bunch over the years but generally not for camping's sake. I attend special interest rallies, shooting matches, motorcycle races, track days.......always out the back of the truck or in a tent if not motelling. I got a TT because it blends so well with my existing lifestyle and in the long run is alot cheaper than motels. And it's fun!! I spent 20 years working construction on the road (and may again) for months at a time and don't care if I ever see another motel. The trailer has expanded my horizons and now find myself looking for excuses to go "camping"......actually, I'll camp in the carport just because I am so enamored of my little trailer. It also appeals to my "can't leave well enough alone/mission to modify" persona. Indeed, my Igloo is just now assuming a character and personality of her own, which is no doubt a reflection of the owner. Bottom line is I enjoy it and that's good enough for me!
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Old 06-02-2003, 04:21 PM   #26
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For me, camping is about two things, where I am or who I’m with.

1. My love of nature - the sounds of the wind, ocean, streams, the songs of the birds, mt. lions, coyotes, etc; the smells of a fresh rain, the pines, the salt air at the beach; the beauty of different places.

2. The fellowship of friends - Even Mason comes to mind. He is a retired Santa Monica cop that worked on his uncle’s ranch in northern California. When he starts telling stories around the campfire of his mishaps cowboy’n and chas’n cattle in the ranch pickup, it is so funny my sides hurt from laugh’n. I could do that every weekend. Then there is Ted Waddel, a master at knot tying. He hand ties celtic knots and makes it look easy. If he discovers a knot he doesn’t know, he works at it until he has mastered it and its various design strategies. What a treat camping with a guy like that and sitting around the campfire learning from a master. As you may have guessed, I have a hobby of “collecting people”. I just love meeting and getting to know all kinds of people.

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Old 06-02-2003, 05:51 PM   #27
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Orginally posted by Bill S.
Nature camping, Event camping, Touring camping. *
very good, Bill, that's it'. hubby likes the nature camping, I like event and touring, so we have to work in both. I had never looked at it in those terms before.

Eric, *If you wouldn't mind squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons and the ocassional moose wandering through your family room, let alone a smouldering fire in the middle of your new berber carpet, that also should be hosed down to give it that forest damp feel* what a picture that put in my mind. :lol thanks
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Old 06-08-2003, 04:37 PM   #28
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what is camping ?

well to me;it is getting back to nature-trying to relive the wonderful moments from years ago as a scout-no phone-no tv-just me and the creator seeing what we really have,not what someone else has,like all those expensive "things"$200,000 motorhomes and they don't even know how to take care of them -they have to pay someone to do it-not me-i loved camping so much -I bought 24 acres so i can camp all i want ,got a well-septic tank,some electricity for the good things to run on,and every night -if it doesn't rain-which it has for the last 8 weekends in virginia i can see the stars.here the stupid whip-o-wills,frogs,crows,and oh yes the teenagers with those stupid-boom-boom-boom going down the road,20 miles out in the woods out from Appomattox,and i just hope everyone has a chance to go CAMPING.leave your cell phone home-it won't work where i live-and that's the truth.
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