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Time To Go Camping!

It is time to go camping and get away from the city!  Time to leave the heat, noise, and smell.  My spirit is tired.  My soul, so far removed from nature, is desperate for renewal.  I'm ready for chilly nights not artificially created by an air conditioner.  I crave the morning call of birds,  the chatter of squirrels, and the plop of ripe pine cones on the forest floor.  I won't miss the roar of traffic punctuated by police and fire sirens.  I hope it rains enough to freshen the air but not so much I can't enjoy walking through fragrant, dripping trees.  I won't miss the hiss of sprinklers sustaining bits of heat-withered grass in trampled parks.  Instead I'll pad softly across a thick forest carpet spongy from years of accumulation, pausing to feel the cool shade, smell the pine, oak, and cedar, and hear the soft sighs of nature.  I won't mind bathing in a bowl of lukewarm water instead of  under a steaming shower.  My boots will be muddy, my hair will be styled in an untidy clip, and my nails will have dirt under them.  Ashes will dot my eggs like pepper at breakfast and the marshmallows will get charred no matter how carefully I cook over the fire.  I'll run out of ice, mustard, and patience with my husband unzipping the tent in the night.  My mind will make a slow, quiet journey to peace as I gaze into the dancing flames of the evening fire.  When finally I head home I'll look forward to a hot shower, certain I will need another camping trip before too long.
woogie1 woogie1 56-60, F 2 Responses Jun 28, 2010

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We usually go to the New Forest in Dorset, for our camping holidays, we have a camping trailer which folded down makes two bedrooms or one bedroom and one store'age, we also put up a large PVC awning, which doubles as a kitchen and wash area, last year we were having how evening meal under the stars, we had lit a small fire, it was great we heard a owl hooting nearby, but the midges started to attack us, so we put the fire out, and they seemed to disappear, we laid there and started to kiss and cuddle, we were soon completely naked and getting very patient when a man appeared from behind a bush, and coughed and said did you know, that everybody can see you because you have left the light in your awning, we wrapped our clothes around us and went into the awning, and turned the light off, the next day I went to get the local paper and some milk with our pet spaniel dog, the owner of the camping site, said that we had embarrassed most of the people on the camping site, and could we leave before 12 noon that day, we left the camp and found another camping place further along the road, and the site overlooked a large lake and river, we camped there for the rest of the week without any further incidents, when we left the camping site the owners asked us to return another year, as we had been good entertainment, for the other campers because we hadnt realised that all the nylon walls of the tent if you had alight on people, could see everything you did, and I mean everything, so we now have a two berth caravan with a large canvas awning which isnt see through.

Love it. Next time im down Brockenhurst / New Forest way will look out for the free show of people in "fold ups / pop ups".

I hear you on that one. City life can get boring after a while, and it's always a great idea for an adventure. I remember when I was younger, I would go hiking through the redwood forests in California. My favorite would have to be sitting in front of that fire eating marshmallow smores, followed by staring up at the star constellations.