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I Love Camping

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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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    Reef182 Reef182 18-21, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    layy1 layy1 26-30, M Mar 24

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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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    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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    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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    Found this sick new campsite 30 minutes from

    home... What a pleasure to live in Washington state. :)
    phoenixrisen25 phoenixrisen25 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Just reserved a campsite

    for next weekend. I'm looking forward to getting out under the stars.
    judyjudy1 judyjudy1 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 21

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    So it's the first time we've been calling

    and not needed my wheelchair!!!! Felt so good to be able to actually walk around the lake again, just be outdoors and enjoy things. We went with friends and their kids and everything was just hand. I didn't most of the time in the lake with the kids helping them to learn how to...
    TheWomanYouHate TheWomanYouHate 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 13

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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 3 Responses Jun 13, 2012

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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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    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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    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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    Homie and I are going camping.

    Yaayyy I've never been to North Fork before, let's see how this goes. :)
    keeganicole keeganicole 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 20

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    I spent the majority of last summer camping.

    Most if the time we had a tent but other times we went on "survival" camping trips where you build your own shelter. I love the peace that comes with sleeping in nature.
    SolitarySummer SolitarySummer 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 30

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    I want to go camping soon.

    Haven't been in years
    cjohnson1983 cjohnson1983 31-35, F 3 days ago

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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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    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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    Angel2345 Angel2345 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 16

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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 2 Responses May 15, 2012

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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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    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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    Alright I'm going to a religion camp

    so I won't be on here until Saturday love u guys ttyl xxxxxx
    Angel2345 Angel2345 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 20

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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...
    VolcanicPassions VolcanicPassions 31-35, M Apr 10

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    I've only been camping

    once when I was 9 or so and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The whole experience was fun especially pitching a tent, swimming, and eating around a fire. I wasn't a fan of s'mores..I ate the chocolate by itself and gave my marshmallows to my brother... It was still fun even when...
    MindvsHeartAJ MindvsHeartAJ 18-21, T Jun 29

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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 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 19

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    Angel2345 Angel2345 13-15, F Aug 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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    Nothing Better

    It is always a great time, getting the family together to go out an a camping trip. Just enjoying the world be live on and enjoying each others company. I really feel it grows a family bond that you just can't get out of most things.
    1cupcoffee 1cupcoffee 41-45, F 3 Responses Nov 17, 2013

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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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    Off this week to a church camping retreat.

    Should be great fun. We are taking over the whole campground. I can't wait to be sitting in front of a crackling camp fire - there aren't many things I enjoy more.
    ThatBrandonGuy ThatBrandonGuy 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 16

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    A couple weeks ago I went to the Boundary

    waters in Ely, Minnesota to canoe for six days. I swear that had to be one the most relaxing experiences in my entire life. I fully intend on going back.
    JDUBS244 JDUBS244 18-21, M Jul 20

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    Who wouldnt love camping.

    i go camping 4 or 5 times a year. just load up my bike with essentials and head off for few nights fine nice spots to camp out. just so relaxing and stress free
    Ldalg Ldalg 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 5

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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 1 Response Apr 8

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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 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 Jan 14

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    "Your thoroughbred camper likes not the

    attentions of a landlord, nor will he suffer himself to be rooted to the soil by cares of ownership or lease. It is not possession of the land, but of the landscape, that enjoys; and as for that, all the wild parts of the earth are his, by a title that carries with it no...
    AlbertFeynstein AlbertFeynstein 13-15, M 4 days ago

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    chloe1278 chloe1278 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 4

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    Had a fun couple of nights camping with some

    great girls:) wish it wasn't over too soon:( thanks uncle Joe for taking the picture
    BabyBabz BabyBabz 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 16

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    I enjoy roughing it in the back woods.

    I love cooking the catch of the day. Chopping firewood isn't work to me it's relaxing.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Feb 27

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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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    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 1 Response Nov 26, 2013

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    kk1234567890 kk1234567890 13-15, M 1 Response Aug 18

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    I loooooove camping. No phones,

    no technology, everyone has to socialise because it's the only thing they can do
    maddieXxx maddieXxx 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 5

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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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    It's nice to have a break!

    It's my get away for a bit scenario and to escape reality for a while! It can be as little as only 2 nights and I feel so much better!Its good to connect with nature and have some quiet time no traffic noise or any man made sounds! It's nice to not be around technology as well...
    MilweePetite MilweePetite 18-21, F 5 Responses Jun 29

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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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    I am terrified, I am going in a couple of days

    and I am scared that my dad(doesn't know about my scars and cuts) will see them! I am hoping to just read inside the tent but if it's hot (which I doubt because we live in Scotland) I will have to wear short sleeves!!!?!!! What do I do?!!? I can't cover it with makeup cos it...
    Itscaitlin Itscaitlin 13-15, F 3 Responses Aug 8

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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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    bendovergirl88 bendovergirl88 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 24

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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 4 Responses Mar 22

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    Related Experiences

    We have allot of property and on it is a river. Sometimes I like to go swimming in the river. The water is always cool because it is fed by an underground spring. Sometimes I go...
    CajunGoddess CajunGoddess 13-15, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Buzzed sitting by the fire what a great night I love camping so much leaving tomorrow that's when all the stresses of life come back this creates such a false sense of reality you...
    stonerdimitri stonerdimitri 13-15, M 6 days ago

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