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jime307 
  Posted: 13-Jun-2008, 07:00 PM
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How could I have forgotten this, one of the greatest outdoor things there is. I actually just got back from camping this week and there's definatly been better weather. Anyways I had a good time and that's what matters.

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Posted: 15-Jun-2008, 02:01 PM
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I suspect the recent confusion may have taken interest elsewhere. Some of my best memories are remote spike camps when on hunting or fishing trips.

You picked some rather volatile weather to camp, but that too can add to the experience.

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QUOTE (Patch @ 15-Jun-2008, 02:01 PM)
I suspect the recent confusion may have taken interest elsewhere. Some of my best memories are remote spike camps when on hunting or fishing trips.

You picked some rather volatile weather to camp, but that too can add to the experience.

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what are spike camps?


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QUOTE (Patch @ 15-Jun-2008, 02:01 PM)
I suspect the recent confusion may have taken interest elsewhere.  Some of my best memories are remote spike camps when on hunting or fishing trips. 

You picked some rather volatile weather to camp, but that too can add to the experience. 

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what are spike camps?

Spike camps are remote and primitive and usually reached by horseback from a "base camp" which may also have been reached by horseback. Normally there will be a very small number of hunters. Sometimes depending on the circumstances the camp will be moved during the hunt. To my thinking, the most primitive ones are best.

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My fondest memories of camping are from the late 70's and early 80's. Every Memorial Day weekend, about 100 of us would pack up our four wheel drives and head for the New Jersey-New York border to an old KOA campground that had closed up in the late 50's. The drive back into the woods was about 5 miles and was rather rough. Since I usually arranged to get out of work early that day, I was designated to get up there first and scope out which campsite we would use for that year. There were 3 small lakes, so, there were plenty of sites to choose from.

After choosing the site, it was time to get to work. I had to cut back a few trees and whack down all the brush. The trees were cut up for firewood. Then the shovel was brought out to start digging the 6 foot wide firepit. Then find a bunch of rocks to build the walls up around the firepit. By this time, a few others had arrived and were helping out. After the firepit was built, we set the logs into the firepit teepee style, so the logs would be roughly about 6-7 feet tall and ready to light later on in the evening. Then it was time to set up a few tents and huge tarps in the trees, in case of rain. By this time, many more people were showing up and you would here the stories of driving through the mud holes along the trails and how muddy they got their truck.

A smaller firepit was dug, just for cooking purposes and was always burning, because someone was always hungry, no matter what time of day it was. We were never hungry. The steaks, sausage, corn, beans and many other foods were always cooking. Breakfast didn't take a back seat either. Eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes and even fresh caught fish were on the menu.

There was always plenty to do. We always brought along a few dirt bikes and there were many hiking trails to. Swimming and fishing were always a part of the daily routine and of course, just hanging out by the fire drinking some beers and having fun.

The last couple of years that we "camped", we brought up some lumber and built a stage. We had a few generators and brought in a band that would stay the whole weekend. How could you not enjoy yourself in such an atmosphere.

Unfortunately, we slowly went our separate ways and got real jobs and families and that kind of craziness just wouldn't fly any more. Now, my idea of camping, is to go on VRBO.com and find a rustic cabin with all the modern conveniences. I have to many aches and pains and laying on the ground just won't cut it any more. biggrin.gif
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I have slept many a night on pine bough beds. Done right they can be comfortable. A Southern Ute Indian divulged the secret. Seems I was using boughs that were too big. I suspect I would still sleep well but arthritis would preclude me from gaining an upright position in the morning!

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Acouple weekends ago I camped with some girlfriends on a friends property in Union,Ct., she has alot of property in the woods, It was great, there were 5 of us, we had a campfire and sat around chatting all evening, it was really chilly out. You could hear a pair of great horned owls, that were released on her property, and you could hear coyote's.
In in the morning we got up and drummed around the campfire for 4 hours straight, then a a big BBQ with a bunch of freinds, it was fantastic.
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There is something about spending a little time communing with nature that gives one a different perspective on things.

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I been camping a couple more times in the last few weeks same spot though, we really like it and so we go there pretty often wink.gif

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QUOTE (jime307 @ 30-Jun-2008, 01:29 PM)
I been camping a couple more times in the last few weeks same spot though, we really like it and so we go there pretty often wink.gif

@ Patch I couldn't agree more

We have a lake in the woods on the family farm and there is a spot where the Maple trees are so thick that the grass and weeds do not grow. It is always much cooler there. That is where my kids and I camped. Sometimes the deer milled around the tent at night, coyotes too. We had fresh fish daily. I have thought about taking the grandkids but doubt I could get up in the morning. My bones are too close to the surface to sleep on a cot any more.

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QUOTE (Patch @ 30-Jun-2008, 07:38 PM)
QUOTE (jime307 @ 30-Jun-2008, 01:29 PM)
I been camping a couple more times in the last few weeks same spot though, we really like it and so we go there pretty often wink.gif

@ Patch I couldn't agree more

We have a lake in the woods on the family farm and there is a spot where the Maple trees are so thick that the grass and weeds do not grow. It is always much cooler there. That is where my kids and I camped. Sometimes the deer milled around the tent at night, coyotes too. We had fresh fish daily. I have thought about taking the grandkids but doubt I could get up in the morning. My bones are too close to the surface to sleep on a cot any more.

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There is a place called Tailor Lake. It just south of a little town called Hawkeye, which is located by the Silver Mountains, right in the middle of the Adirondacks. I’ve found that it’s best to bring a canoe, so you can paddle out to one of the primitive camp sites. There’s nothing like being in the middle of nowhere, to find peace of mind.

Patch, I’ve heard that those air mattresses actually work.

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QUOTE (John Clements @ 30-Jun-2008, 06:11 PM)
QUOTE (Patch @ 30-Jun-2008, 07:38 PM)
QUOTE (jime307 @ 30-Jun-2008, 01:29 PM)
I been camping a couple more times in the last few weeks same spot though, we really like it and so we go there pretty often wink.gif

@ Patch I couldn't agree more

We have a lake in the woods on the family farm and there is a spot where the Maple trees are so thick that the grass and weeds do not grow. It is always much cooler there. That is where my kids and I camped. Sometimes the deer milled around the tent at night, coyotes too. We had fresh fish daily. I have thought about taking the grandkids but doubt I could get up in the morning. My bones are too close to the surface to sleep on a cot any more.

Slàinte,    

Patch    

There is a place called Tailor Lake. It just south of a little town called Hawkeye, which is located by the Silver Mountains, right in the middle of the Adirondacks. I’ve found that it’s best to bring a canoe, so you can paddle out to one of the primitive camp sites. There’s nothing like being in the middle of nowhere, to find peace of mind.

Patch, I’ve heard that those air mattresses actually work.

Night all,
JC

I may buy one and give it a try. My grandsons have never been on a primitive camping trip.

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Camping is great!!
We did it all year round when we were younger. My father and mother with my 2 siblings. Dad use to love to camp anytime anywhere, all 4 seasons. He was very independent and on his own at age 12 down in Chile, Bolivia and Argentina and lived the wild boy life. Some of my fondest memories are of taking off on weekends and never knowing were you were going or when we'd get back!! Head off into northern New England and Canada, one time we went as far as the Gaspe Peninsula in Canada on a travel whim.
As teenagers we were always camping out and having big shindigs in the woods, we'd gather a few friends and drive to the Catskills or up to the Berkshires, the Adirondacks, green Mtns and White Mtns.
We still go up into Maine, Three Rivers area , the boys and whitewater raft and camp the first nite, next nite in a cabin tent and the 3rd nite in a comfy cabin and bed. Then up towards Eastport and camp on a friends island in the bay, absolutely beautiful.
Now adays the wifey is more into camping at the Radisson, hello room service..
I miss the old tent days.
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There is something about tent camping that puts you in touch with nature. My experience has been mostly involved with hunting trips. (some very primitive trips in the military) I have three more I want to make but that may no longer be my choice. All three would be going against medical advice but sometimes there are things you just have to do. It seems lately I think a lot about the ambience of a Western elk camp and the Boreal rain forests on the islands off the coast of BC. Then there is always Botswana, South Africa and Namibia. (I have never been there but listened to my grandfathers tales of Africa)

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Our family got involved in cub scouts and boy scouts 2 years ago. It's been non-stop once a month camping at various sites. Nothing like being out with a bunch of boys and trying to keep them all in one piece! In our troop, it's usually the same 3 women that go along, and we have a blast! It's a great time and a great program. thumbs_up.gif biggrin.gif


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