City Kids Go Camping

Posted by David on August 5, 2011

Last weekend, my husband and I, along with my siblings and their spouses, went camping.  Well, to state it correctly, we attempted to go camping.  We are total amateurs (none of us had actually been in over 4 years), but we thought it'd be fun to go sleep in the wild for a night.

 

We packed everything into our cars, and set out late Friday afternoon to find the perfect plot of ground to lay our heads.  We drove for about an hour to a little camp site we'd heard about, but once we got there we were disappointed.  The place looked like a baseball park, complete with swimming pools, laundry facilities, and manicured grass.  We were looking for something a little more remote (after all, we don't camp that often), so we switched directions and kept driving.  

 

Well, long story short, we drove over the river, through woods and valleys, and up mountains and hills....... and every single campsite we found was FULL to capacity.  Talk about a let down!  On top of that, we were surrounded by National Park land so exploring and finding our own spot was strictly forbidden.  I had no idea camping was so hard!  All I wanted to do was sleep outside, was that too much to ask?  Maybe it's a sign I should just stick to hotels.....

 

After 4.5 hours of driving, we ended up back where we started..... in my parent's backyard.  

 

Yeah.  Bummer.

 

Luckily, they have a fire pit, so we roasted our hot dogs and marshmallows, told riddles and stories around the camp fire, then slept in our sleeping bags on the grass.  I have mosquito bites all over my body to prove it.

 

While I consider myself the epitome of "ghetto" camper, during our little jaunt, I was impressed and surprised at some of the high-tech, beautiful campers out there!  Some of the campers I saw were like second homes!  Here's what I'm talking about.... 

 

 

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Next time I go camping, I want to stay with all of these people!

 

Does your camper/tent look like these?

 

 

  1 Comments
Lela(4 years ago)

If you search on publiclands.org you can reserve campsites in advance, and it will be a real campground, no grass or pools. Good luck with future camping endeavors!

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