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Old 06-08-2003, 07:53 PM   #29
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Old 06-08-2003, 11:33 PM   #30
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Ken, you've stimulated an excellent discussion and I agree that Ron
(from Florida) has given an award winning reply in stating it satisfies
a primordial need to build nests. I look at my 3 almost 4 year old and
how he loves making tents with blankets. I guess we never lose it.

I think camping is a little like fishing. It's often not about fish but rather about spending close good times with others with the assurance that the time won't be interrupted. If you stay in the city to play ball with your kid you might have to cut the grass or he might hang out with his buddies. So you take him fishing...or camping. And so it goes.

It's a good question Ken and I think everyone who camps would be
well served by reflecting on what it means to them. If I'm craving intimacy with my familly but have deluded myself into thinking it's that pristine lake I really need, I can end up wasting time driving 200 miles
when 50 might just do the trick.

Thanks, Ken!
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Old 06-09-2003, 12:48 AM   #31
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Thank you Ron for understanding my question. I never got my head around camping for the sake of "camping." To go to a campground and park beside a big old Winnabego on one side and a truckload of screaming kids on the other makes no sense to me. Now if one can find one of the isolated boondock spots that will allow you to camp that is different. Anyway, it has been enjoyable hearing from the different viewpoints. Some escape from and others escape to!
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Old 06-09-2003, 08:57 AM   #32
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Camping!!

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3ee48ed4b796bOcraSwampedE.jpg/>

First off - I LOVE CAMPING! - I'd rather camp than stay at the Ritz or the Motel6 or anything in between. I also love our Casita. I wanted to share this picture with you, because describing it wouldn't do it justice.
Did I tell you it poured all night? Buckets, coming down! Lightening and thundering. All night long we heard tent poles clanging and car doors slamming and cars driving off into the night. In the morning, which was beautiful, we woke to this sight! If the tenters hadn't moved on, they would have drowned in their beds!
And to add insult to injury - the Park Ranger came around and told me I had to have my dogs on a leash! (they were standing on the picnic table) Within hours all this water was gone, soaked up into the sand.
This is Ocracoke National Seashore, one of the few 'organized' campsites we like to visit. Mostly we like to boondock, off by ourselves, with no hook-ups. We enjoy hiking, back-packing, birdwatching and enjoying solitude. We stay away from KOA and privately-owned campsites - unless we're desperate. If we do stay, we stay in the tenter's section, with no hook-ups (where it's quiet).
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Old 06-09-2003, 10:42 AM   #33
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I think I get it! Is this what you folks had in mind?

http://groups.msn.com/KenJamesPhotoAlbum/y...rwebpage22.msnw
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Old 06-10-2003, 07:20 AM   #34
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Camping?

Not having to go to work and being able to relax without no worrys of a normal day.
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Old 06-10-2003, 10:19 AM   #35
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For those of you who go camping to "collect people", here is one we collected. Reminds me of About Schmidt but much better.

This is a true story that may give you cause to view your life's experience in a new light. We met a grand lady one morning when we pulled into a public rest area in South Dakota to make breakfast. One didn't have to be a quiz-kid to know that the tired old Winnie she walked away from had seen itsí best days, however, she came over to admire our even more humble Boler, a 13' fiberglass trailer. The conversation began something like, "Hi, what a cute little outfit, can I see inside ...."

Well of course like any proud owner we showed her our home on wheels. And then she told us her story!

Several years before retirement her, and her husband, bought a used Winnebago and began making payments so it would be paid for when they retired. Many payments later the big day arrived - they retired. They packed up the Winnie and hit the road. Well 3 weeks out and the gas expenses, and the camping expenses, all added up to more than they were bringing in. She assured us that the night was a tear-soaked one. Their dreams were in tatters. Now what?

But, our brave soul didn't throw in the sponge, nope, she remembered a recipe for fudge her grandmother had given them and how everyone loved it. She went off to the local supermarket and loaded up with sugar and waxed paper. While the fudge was cooking she fashioned a sign saying homemade fudge for sale. By the end of the day she had grossed $300. They were back on the road again.

Eventually they had THE FUDGE FACTORY painted on a proper sign and anytime they ran short they parked and sold fudge. She was as proud as a new Mom to tell us that story ... and they never looked back. She is still out there somewhere.
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Old 06-10-2003, 11:05 AM   #36
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Cool story

That is a great story. It just goes to show you that everyone has resources, all you have to do is find them. What a great thing. it is sad, that many of the kids now adays just want things that are new and expensive, and very few will find the value of buying or getting something old and refinishing it. (I have one in my midst right now that is staying with us for the summer). And finding that you can always "make do" and do well, if you are willing. Unfortuneatly, those are the kids and people that will end up working too much to pay for their "things", and find our too late that life's too short for it all. I can only try to help him out, I guess.
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Well now Ken, I've been thinking a lot about your initial question that started this thread and have enjoyed the dialogue it prompted. Obviously, there are as many answers to the question as there are different folks. However, this bit today really spoke to me.

I really feel that COLLECTING PEOPLE, as you put it is one of the main reasons I enjoy traveling with an RV. I travel a lot on business and it's rare that I meet anyone to talk to and learn about. Most of the time us ''Road Warriors'' just sit at our little table and eat or drink by ourselves and go back to the room and do something to pass the time until sleep overtakes us. God, I'm getting depressed writing this.

When you ''Camp'' it seems so much easier to meet and greet. This story about the Fudge Lady is so beautiful. It bears out one of my favorite sayings that supposedly came from Daniel Boone VI. It goes ''There's always a way if you don't mind the way''. One of my great loves is Blacksmithing and he was apparently a Blacksmith as well. That fit's very well with what ''Smithy's'' and Fudge Ladies, and a lot of you out there do every day.

Hope I can sit by the fire and learn about you, Ken, someday.
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Old 06-10-2003, 08:43 PM   #38
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In the Presence of Greatness

Bless you Keith, you really get it.
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Old 06-10-2003, 09:31 PM   #39
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You're too nice

You two are prime examples of what I was talking about. Thanks for finding me and thanks for the kind words.

Hope to see you this summer.
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Old 06-11-2003, 06:49 AM   #40
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Thank you one and all for dropping a penny in my cup on this splendid thread. Now letís dump it out and count the take!

It seems that camping connects us all to a long gone past when our ancestors huddled in caves afraid to venture far afield for fear of awesome beasts or savage tribes. These little weekend outings reassure us that we can safely wander out and live. It reminds us of happier times; of evenings with the Boy Scouts or Girl Guides. It reminds us of pleasant past hunting and fishing camps and good companions. It reminds us of a time when families were bonded more closely than they are today, when families camped under canvas just to be together. It reminds us of the strong and willing settlers who opened up the west with their covered wagons. Camping hones the skills of survival, and, whether our trailers ever make that continent-wide trip or not, we all can look out into the driveway and know we COULD if we wanted to. Camping allows us to enjoy the squirrels and raccoons confident that we are not going to be harmed by the outside world, and we have to learn that, it is not a given. Camping teaches us that the natives really are friendly out there should we care to leave our city caves. These little glass balls spell FREEDOM! Never again do we have to feel trapped in the rat-wheel of life once we have mastered ďcamping!Ē

Thanks everyone! The camping season is upon us. Letís hope your wood stays dry and the wind blows the smoke away from your campsite.

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