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I Love Camping

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    I Wish I Had Remembered To Bring This....

    Invariably, there is always something you forget or wish you had on that camping trip. I keep a lot of my stuff together, for when I go camping, and also keep a list. I have my favorite items I love. I used to bring a french press for coffee (I gotta find it). I have a butterfly...
    imathinkin imathinkin 51-55, F 7 Responses Sep 1, 2010

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    Has anyone else gone camping

    and turned around to see a fully grown alpha black bear? Last time I saw one I was camping after a long hike up a mountain and across 3 summits. My family and I got back to our camp and had out supper. When we finished we turned around to see a fully grown big and healthy alpha...
    MafiasHeart MafiasHeart 13-15, M 1 Response Jan 8

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    I love going to camp.

    There are actually real people there , every year I have gone I have met a new person who I would actually call my friend. One of the places I can say I actually love, and right now I am missing. Id rather be out on the lake right now with some friends.
    matt6521 matt6521 13-15, M 1 Response Jan 14

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    Nucleic Family Bonding

    As a child when i'd go camping it was the only time everyone was together and wanting to do the same thing. I'd wake up to the sun barely peeking over the horizon and my dad would always be awake. He'd be making coffee so everyone could have some when they awoke. It was a moment...
    PreferAnAstronaut PreferAnAstronaut 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 6, 2011

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    I love the outdoors and being outside is the

    only way to get my to exercise (I hate gyms)... so camping is great for me! I like, um, slightly more extreme camping... Some of my favourite memories are camping out on mountain treks, using a bivi bag instead of a tent. I wish I could do it more often, but our great British...
    randomlygenerated randomlygenerated 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 22

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    I just love camping so much

    and all that it brings. The outdoors is always so refreshing and exciting in every way,to be in touch with nature is so peaceful. Love to be around a camp fire in the evening with the BBQ and sharing some fine wine then to get all tucked up in your sleeping bag while having a...
    DrPassion DrPassion 41-45, M 2 Responses Apr 10

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    I camp all summer actually.

    I love the outdoors and nature. Everyone needs fresh air every once in a while!
    Rachelle1D Rachelle1D 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 5

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    My Most Amazing Camping Experience

    I love camping. However there was one camping trip that I will say was the most amazing one of all. I had been camping so many times, that I wanted to try something new. So I suggested we go interior camping. A few friends that were invited agreed that this would be fun. So one...
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Feb 9, 2011

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    I love waking up, sitting just at the entrance

    of the tent, watching the sun rise over the cliff and the fog rising.
    wiredwolf wiredwolf 31-35, M 1 Response Dec 17, 2013

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    When I'm out in the woods backpacking

    and camping, I experience inner peace and tranquility unrivaled by other experiences. Our modern way of living obscures our sacred need to connect with nature and the night sky. I can't wait for spring; it can't get here soon enough.
    Illuminatetheworld Illuminatetheworld 41-45, M Jan 7

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    Toasted Marshmallows & Hot Chocolate

    Aside from the back garden, my first proper camping experience was at a festival. In the evening it was beautiful, there were fire performers, tea lights illuminating pathways. The ordinary field had transformed into a magical new world. There were places selling food and drink...
    AngelofPink AngelofPink 18-21, F 11 Responses Sep 15, 2011

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    I absolutely love spending my summers in a tent,

    the fresh air blowing through and refreshing my body and mind, best sleep around. I love staying in my swim suite all day and just lazying around and reading or going boating, maybe even some hiking and fishing. I can't wait for summer!
    Rawr1807 Rawr1807 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 19

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    I love getting away from the hustle

    and bustle of everyday life to enjoy what little bit of serenity is left in this world
    SurpriseMeToday SurpriseMeToday 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 26

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    chloe1278 chloe1278 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 4

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    I went camping on south manitou island once

    for a few days and it was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Forget about picking a specific climate zone. On manitou you got forest, beach, mountains, and desert all in one. Beautiful to the last grain of sand.
    Astrellen Astrellen 16-17, F Feb 14

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    We Have Always Camped!

    My mom always knew how to have fun....... My father never went anywhere with us. He was either working or drinking beer, being his miserable self. My mom, she took us on vacations. She loved to drive. She bought a tent, a Coleman stove, a hibachi and sleeping bags and off we went...
    JojoWazoo JojoWazoo 46-50, F 19 Responses Mar 21, 2009

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    I haven't been camping in a while

    but I remember one time when I was in a provincial park canoeing. We were quite a way in the park on a secluded island and it was pouring hard. Most of our cloths got soaked and we were in the tent trying to dry off. I had one sort of dry shirt left. The rain caused a river...
    Sail1492 Sail1492 51-55, M Jan 26

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    It's always a blast to go into the woods,

    especially when u get up in the early morning to see all the animals
    persononinternet persononinternet 16-17, M Jan 12

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    Throwing In The Towel.

    I remember going on lots of campouts as a kid, as a girl scout. My mom was the leader and was very orderly and systematic. She knew all about first aid and was prepared for just about anything.There was this time when we were sitting around the campfire and she smelled gas. In...
    imathinkin imathinkin 51-55, F 2 Responses Dec 13, 2012

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    The Great Outdoors!

    I love camping. I grew up in Washington State and nothing beats camping there! My husband really got me into it and before him I didn't really do much camping. We would load up the car with our gear and just pick a spot on the map! The sense of adventure is so exhilarating! Being...
    FortuneCookies FortuneCookies 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 16, 2011

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    A light drizzle has finally come down in the

    Bay Area. I'm hoping we will see much more rain in california in the next few months. I just love the outdoors, the trees Dancing in the wind, the smell of a campfire. I'm a little bummed because my favorite camping park in BIG Sur caught on fire not too long ago. I'm...
    Trixie5669 Trixie5669 36-40, F Feb 16

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    The three days spent in the forest with friends

    in a tent and under the sky were the best part of my summer. The only time I felt like I was home. So many aspects of (at least western) society seems backwards. We've really made a complicated mess. Life is simple.
    FluorideisPoison FluorideisPoison 22-25 Jan 15

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    Camping for me is a way to escape

    for a while. I prefer a nice wooded area by a lake or river. I look for secluded spots away from people (a little more freedom to do what you want). I love campfires at night. I love waking up in the morning and bathing in a lake, while my coffee takes its time brewing over the...
    Igotsnikt Igotsnikt 36-40, M 5 Responses Mar 22

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    mullingar1 mullingar1 13-15, F Jan 18

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    The New Camper

    I got a flier in the mail, not long ago, about a "HUGE SALE WITH BLOWOUT PRICING!!!". Missing the trailer I had several years ago and the fun that came with it, I decided to take a little road trip with the family.The kids had a great time just playing inside the quarter million...
    NobodySpecial NobodySpecial 41-45, M 3 Responses Sep 5, 2012

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    How I Lost My Underwear In The Woods

    I love camping. I really do. Except for this one time... I was with 2 volunteer groups and it had rained all day. I wasn't really supposed to be taking a nap in the boys tent, but since we kept both tent flaps open it was okay. I had just changed into dry clothes and I felt like...
    belovely belovely 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 26, 2013

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    bendovergirl88 bendovergirl88 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 24

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    Rain Or Shine

    I went camping last week, it was a blast. It poured a great deal of the time but I can’t help my love affair with nature and all of her tantrums. It feels absolutely natural, innate, satisfying. I enjoy facing what we regularly filter beyond recognition. Camping is the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses May 19, 2011

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    One time while camping I inadvertently got

    everyone stung. I brought along a bag of cantaloupe, everyone ate and got sticky fingers. On the way down the mountain while hiking, we disturbed a bee's nest. I was not asked to provide snacks next time.
    eggeye74 eggeye74 36-40, F Apr 10

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    camping is the best! i used to go all the time

    with my family when i was younger. it was so nice. i miss it a lot. i hope to go camping this summer with my boyfriend and maybe a few other friends
    bongripper1 bongripper1 16-17, F Apr 5

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    I enjoy sleeping under the stars in a tent.

    Roasting marshmallows and talking by the fire.
    coldheartedlady coldheartedlady 46-50, F Jan 16

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    Is Gourmet Camping Real Camping?

    I love GOOD food...really good food. A campfire just makes it that much better. Why just accept beans and weenies? or dirty eggs?you can eat really really well..in the outdoors. i like to plan meals and wow the fellow campers. I found this cool article and related site that I'm...
    imathinkin imathinkin 51-55, F 4 Responses Dec 14, 2012

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    May Long Weekend Coming Up

    For me and my family, the long weekend in May (May 21) is usually the first camping weekend for us, although I sometimes like to go winter camping with friends and one or two intrepid family members. We usually pick a place not too far from some small town in case we forget...
    rmaxinel rmaxinel 51-55, F 2 Responses May 7, 2010

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    Desert Camping

    We just came back from a camping trip at white sands. Let me tell you! I've always enjoyed camping in the desert. Mountains are great too, but there is something sexy about the desert during sunset and all it's unique beauty.
    HikingGuy HikingGuy 46-50, M 3 Responses Oct 17, 2012

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    Had been to camping at barot

    and was nice sea view from top
    bhupsnasha bhupsnasha 31-35, M Jan 11

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    Anybody know of a good camping spot (3-4 hours

    away from Fremont ca). We have been to big sur, salt point, camanche, Samuel p Taylor, portola redwoods. We want to do some beach camping. Does anybody know of any places that allow it in california? Or least allow a bonfire? I think my kids would really enjoy that.
    Trixie5669 Trixie5669 36-40, F 2 Responses Feb 16

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    At The Beach Edge

    Last summer my friend Gaby and I went away for a weekend camp. We both had boyfriends, but we wanted just to escape everything for an overnight stay away. Gaby borrowed her sister's car and we headed for the coast and in a little inlet between two coastal towns and we put up the...
    frise93 frise93 22-25, F 2 Responses May 16, 2013

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    layy1 layy1 26-30, M Mar 24

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    Love The Peace It Brings

    Camping is probably one of my favorite things to do. Distant yourself from this technology driven world and just enjoy a camp fire under the stars. Sometimes we (we as me myself and my three sons) go to campgrounds and other times we just find a place and camp. Campgrounds...
    PrettyOrchids PrettyOrchids 41-45, F 4 Responses Jun 13, 2012

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    Camping is such a freeing experience.

    Being with family and friends in nature is the best. The smell of campfires at night, singing with acoustic guitars, fellowship, drinks, and of course hotdogs or brats and s'mores. What isn't there to enjoy about camping?
    flyboy84 flyboy84 26-30, M Dec 6, 2013

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    Camping is the best! Getting a group of people

    together finding a secluded spot near a river or beach.. Lots of beers, snags and a fire under the stars, no better way to spend a short break :-D
    SweetiePants SweetiePants 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 11

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    Camp Food

    Here is what I love to eat... Smores, BUT...with cinnamon graham crackers and the best dark chocolate I can find. And I don't BURN my marshmallows. Homemade cocoa...it's EASY to make and so much tastier. Milk, salt, vanilla, 60% cacao chips, agave nectar and maybe a bit of...
    imathinkin imathinkin 51-55, F 3 Responses Sep 25, 2010

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    It's Pass Time

    The past 47 days... not that i'm counting or anything.... sigh .... Has been ...wow! I have maintained focus and worked very hard to... stay true to myself...if you know what i mean?! My life changes have been life changing! Any ol' way... it's pass time for me to go...
    MorningBreeze MorningBreeze 56-60, F 3 Responses Aug 10, 2010

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    I like the real thing.

    .. Tent + cooler + bottle of wine = Camping... (Oh and my phone with spare battery pack so I can stay in touch and answer emails while I'm getting away from everything) ;)
    Slinkygirl Slinkygirl 31-35, F 6 Responses Apr 15

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    I've never been camping

    but I really would like to go. But I'm not too keen on peeing in the woods. As a woman I can't just whip it out and let it loose lol. I have to dern near be a super ninja just to pee correctly and allow my clothes to remain per free lol.
    Thinkerbelle82 Thinkerbelle82 31-35, F 7 Responses Dec 28, 2013

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    Camping camping camping :) I just can't wait

    for this snow to go away so I can go camping lol Nature is my peace! the sounds, the smells, the fresh air! If I was able I'd go as much as I could :) So my plans for this summer: go camping at least once and spend at least a week.. It's just so much better than going to a...
    debstep22 debstep22 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 18

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    Can Waite to start camping again in north off NH

    or Maine good time I love cooking on the grill for breakfast or lunch or diner and also a lot off drinking with friend .
    2komfort 2komfort 41-45, M Apr 8

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    Ahh just got news that I maybe going camping in

    2 weeks! At the little grand canyon! Super excited! Hiking with a one year old should be interesting lol.
    kelkel09 kelkel09 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 10

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    The Best Kind Of Work

    I don't just love camping, it was a way of life for me. It started off slowly, weekends in school breaks to get away, mostly in the adventure camp type places. I loved the feeling of being outdoors, seeing the changing seasons up close. Just being able to explore, and give in to...
    Moonflower42 Moonflower42 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 19, 2011

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    This is more of a story of a camping trip I

    didn't make. I was twelve maybe thirteen years old when this happened. We had some unexpected summer like weather in September that year and my family decided to have an impromtu camping trip ... one last outing before stowing the camping equipment away for the season. I...
    midnighttrain61 midnighttrain61 51-55, M Feb 21

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    Finding God In Nature

    Me and my kids love to go camping and fishing. Lucky for me I live near the woods. My dad has a camp in the woods near the bayou. I love to go out there. When the water is high enough my dad lets me take his pero (little boat) and paddle down the bayou. I feel closer to god when...
    lleigh33 lleigh33 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 28, 2009

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    Going Again In Less Than Two Weeks

    I'm going camping again in.. about ten days or something. Just for a weekend I think, and I dunno if it's a long (bank holiday) weekend but anyway I guess it will only be for one or two nights.. I don't know why we're going then, but it will still be fun.I'm getting a lift (ride...
    TheLuckyHobo TheLuckyHobo 31-35, M 3 Responses May 15, 2012

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    Fruit Of The Loon

    Camping was a routine part of most every weekend growing up. Each season had something magical. Summer is a given but spring had smelt runs, fall had pink salmon, winter was an excuse to sit in an ice shanty or race snowmobiles. Long weekends and beautiful weather were also handy...
    geetar39 geetar39 46-50, M 34 Responses Nov 8, 2010

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    Related Experiences

    I love the photos of boys you have in your albums. They remind me of my nephews their friends and other boys who chose to share their boyhood years with me s I took them out for...
    Jackboy12 Jackboy12 56-60, M 1 Response Apr 8

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    The sky was milky gray and the ocean was fierce. The light dappled through the clouds. He stood in a circle of four other friends, skateboard underfoot and as aloof as the azure...
    streck32 streck32 26-30, F Apr 5

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    Having broken up with my ex, about 3 years ago, I went through the usual cycle of depression, obsession and craving. Its not unlike an addiction... So while I was in this funk, I...
    v33rh0ra v33rh0ra 26-30, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    i love animals especially dogs:):) I also LOVE nature. i love being outside, camping, hiking, and swimming in the river:):)
    sweetsummertime156 sweetsummertime156 13-15, F