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Camping: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Camping is one of those summer pass times which is the right of passage to growing up and teaching kids that the wilderness can be their playground whether it is a cool brisk jump in the lake, a long hike, or a quick climb up a tree in search of a squirrel hole. It is these little things which makes camping one of the many wonders of childhood. It keeps us youthful, forces us to disconnect from the wi-fi, and enjoy all of Mother Nature’s gifts to the world.

At the same time nature can be ugly! It can be mean! And it can be cruel! I have moments camping  as I sip my tea and wonder as the rain pours outside why didn’t we just rent a cabin. As I stare blankly at the cozy, dripping, wet tent.

It’s finally when you call it a night  you lay awake  listening to the rain pelt down on the tent, praying it doesn’t seep through and drench everyone. It’s then as you finally fall asleep you awake to a sudden snap of a twig, and  an occasional grunt. It’s always at this point when you need hop out and go to the ladies room. Do you hold it? Or do you open the tent only to discover a grizzly in your midst?

Oh! And the shower the communal showers! It’s not the people you share them with its the palm-sized spider that peaks from the shower curtain with the threat of leaping on your shoulder the moment you turn your back!

The second day you return to the same shower. It’s then the menacing beast decides to tease you. You hop in your warm shower. Pleasantly surprised the peeping tom isn’t there to watch you scrub the dirt off your feet. It’s only when to go to change your clothes you discover the little perv has been hiding in your underwear!

It’s these moments that the glory of camping wears on you. But if you are a trooper, you march through the puddles, you muster the campfire spirit, to admire the views, and remember that nature is much more than you or me. It’s in its beauty and unpredictability which will make you want to do it again!

Do you have a love/hate relationship with camping? What makes you love it or hate it?

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22 replies

  1. Love it…if it’s not raining! Spent 8 nights, 9 days (in a row mind you) camping last month. Still game for another (albeit much shorter camping trip later this month).

  2. Well said! It’s definitely a love-hate thing when it comes to Mother Nature. She is a bipolar maternal entity who one moment embraces you with warmth and flowers; the next moment she’s trying to fry your keister with lightning bolts or wash you down a gulley with torrential downpour! And I loved the part about the spider. Oh those uninvited visits who intrude on our jaunts into nature b/c we intrude in their habitat.
    Didn’t they watch all those Disney movies???

    I enjoyed this! P.S. I think I cleaned up all those typos????

    1. Mother Nature can be an evil wench! All for the greater good that we are small little bugs that she can control with the flash of her wand!

      I know! The spiders! How dare they not welcome me into their space by not scurrying away!

  3. I abhore it! However, you did make a valiant effort to shame me into loving all that is nature because it is greater than you or me 🙂
    I still hate sand in my sleeping bag.

  4. I had never gone camping until summer 2010. My mom didn’t like camping really and sleeping on the ground with all the bugs, so we never went. I went to Yosemite with some close friends and one of my brothers last year though. And we went to Gaviota State Park near Santa Barbara for camping this summer. I really enjoyed it! It was hard for me to fall asleep in the tents and it sucked having to get up in the middle of the freezing night to go pee, but other than that it was great! S’mores were the best! 🙂

    Hahaha yeah bugs and spiders can make things more uncomfortable sometimes. I can relate to what you said about spiders in the shower, eek! I watch them carefully to make sure they don’t come too close.

    1. S`mores are my camping Savior! I love them! The views from Yosemite must have been amazing! There are so many parks in the States that I would love to explore 🙂

      Spiders have always given me the willies! They make my nervous! I know one thing – I don`t want any of those critters crawling on me!

  5. love it. But hate setting up or taking down in the rain… I can deal with rain during the trip, but setup sucks when you know it’s just goign to get wet, and take-down sucks when you know you’ll have to unpack everything when you get home and make sure it all gets dried out.
    But the early morning swim on a misty lake… the fresh air, the green smell all around… staring at the campfire… love it.

    1. Those are some of the many reasons I love camping! We stayed on a beautiful lake the water was emerald green and refreshing. Ugh! The tent take down in the rain is always a pain – it involves much more work!

  6. My camping journey over the years goes like this: backpacking –> tent camping –> popup trailer –> motor home –> now nothing more vigorous than Hawaii with day hikes!

    I have such fond memories of camping (spiders, bears, feral hogs, scary people), intimate times with my sweetie (OMG you stink, move off!), sometimes with family (I threatened to throw MIL out of the motor home at one time), always with grace (sh!t, I peed on my foot again). No, really, I do miss the night time out-of-doors, but that’s what my 1 acre of a back yard is for and the totally dark neighborhood that we live in at the base of the Catalina Mountains. 😉

  7. Love, love, love camping – still my main concept of a “real” vacation. The only thing that ever really ruined it for us was bugs – and we just moved to a different area to camp to save the week. (note: avoid Assateague Island in July)

  8. lol I do not camp. I love being outside. I love mountain biking, trail running, kayaking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, etc, etc, etc. But camping? As in sleeping outside? With the bugs? Hell, no! My mum took us camping six weekends out of every summer from infancy to graduation. I figure I’ve earned a two decade break 😉

    1. Hahaha! You definitely earned it! I love it even with the bugs and rain! It’s one of those things that you either enjoy or don’t…But man when I return home I love a warm shower in the privacy of my bug free bathroom and the smell of fresh sheets 🙂

  9. I haven’t camped in several years, just because there hasn’t been time to. It does take a mind shift to do it well without whining. The closest we have gotten to camping is burning wood in the fire pit in the backyard. I think the smell of smoke in my hair is the biggest inconvenience of camping. A friend from college is coming out in a couple of weeks and she and her spouse invited us to go camping with them. I am not too sure about it. It’ll take a mind shift to get there.

    1. If you go with the right mind frame, with good friends, a bottle of wine, and lots of sun! You should have a great time! One of the biggest deterrents of camping for me is the laundry I have when I get home and the creepy spider in my shower!

  10. I just hope that the rain didn’t spoil your camping adventure. Reading your camping experience is lovely! We sometimes pray that hope it doesn’t rain or hope that rain stops quickly, but hey, it’s nature. As always, enjoy guys!

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