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Posted: 13-Jul-2008, 08:29 AM
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Patch, Those places sound like some real camping experiences! Would love to go there myself. Grandfather was in Africa heh, tell us more!

I use to be an avid hunter, mostly whitetail deer, lots of small game grouse, pheasant, rabbit, squirrel, quail, woodcock, dove, waterfowl. I switched to taking their pictures instead.

Irish Stepper, we did the cub scout boy scout thing also. Had some great camp outs. Even got our Polar Bear Badge for winter camping, that was fun.

At the cub scout crossover ceremony, I accidently stuck a stick in my eye when marshalling a campsite, went to the ceremony, watched my son and then promptly went to the hospital, 3 surgeries later , I got to keep the eye and it still works pretty good.

One of the original troop members just earned Eagle Scout!

I still take some cub scout packs out to earn their geology badges.

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Posted: 13-Jul-2008, 03:05 PM
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Greeting fellow Campers:

I couldn't resist replying. I too have stiff bones from jumping to many fences without my horse. The air mattress really is a blessing!

We have taken my six year old grandson camping and I wouldn't trade the experience for any other vacation that I have been on.

We usually try to go to Cade's Cove, Tennessee. There you can really get close to wildlife, hike, and have great fun in all the streams.

Has anyone else experienced a great time on this side of the US?

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Posted: 13-Jul-2008, 07:09 PM
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I have done a good deal of tent camping in a wide variety of settings and weather: mostly BSA camping as a youth and as a scoutmater and Venturing leader; E&E camping during Air Force survival school; canping under canvas and under the stars during War Between the States re-enactments; and camping under canvas at SCA events, particularly Pennsic. Weather from 20 below zero F to 100 above zero F, and from wind-blown snow/frozen rain to summer thunderstorms.


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Posted: 14-Jul-2008, 07:33 PM
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QUOTE (UlsterScotNutt @ 13-Jul-2008, 02:29 AM)
Patch, Those places sound like some real camping experiences! Would love to go there myself. Grandfather was in Africa heh, tell us more!

I use to be an avid hunter, mostly whitetail deer, lots of small game grouse, pheasant, rabbit, squirrel, quail, woodcock, dove, waterfowl. I switched to taking their pictures instead.

Irish Stepper, we did the cub scout boy scout thing also. Had some great camp outs. Even got our Polar Bear Badge for winter camping, that was fun.

At the cub scout crossover ceremony, I accidently stuck a stick in my eye when marshalling a campsite, went to the ceremony, watched my son and then promptly went to the hospital, 3 surgeries later , I got to keep the eye and it still works pretty good.

One of the original troop members just earned Eagle Scout!

I still take some cub scout packs out to earn their geology badges.

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He hunted near Mt. Kilimanjaro and in what is now Namibia. He took a Cape Buffalo, Lion, Elephant, Leopard and a lot of small game. He went for 6 weeks. He planned to go back for a Rhino but never did. His trip was in the mid 20's.

The Elk hunt is just for the camp experience for me, however I want a "cinnamon" phase black bear from BC and if I make it to Africa, I want a Cape Buffalo, Leopard and the larger antelope.

It will be about 75% for the camp experience and 25% for the game in BC and Africa. The best I can do in Africa is 15 to 21 days. If the dollar keeps dropping, maybe not even that.

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Posted: 19-Aug-2008, 10:19 PM
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Has anyone tried any of the Jellystone National Parks for the kids? Was thinking about trying our "local" one out on Fall Break.


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Now how did I overlook this thread? My mind must have been elsewhere.

I'm not a big fan of camping just for the sake of camping. Not disparaging it in any way, it's just that to me camping is always part of a wider outdoor adventure such as fishing, hunting or exploring the back country with the sled dog team.

My favorite "camping" trips are long dogsled runs during winter and I'm frequently either alone with my team or running with just one companion and his or her team. Camp often isn't much more than the shelter of the sled bag in a copse of spruce to break the wind. After a hard day of running, by the time we get the dogs fed and settled and stuff something resembling food into our own mouths we are pretty much done in ourselves.

There isn't anything in the world quite like the mixed emotions of waking up in the middle of the night in a nice, warm sleeping bag knowing one has no real choice but to get up and empty that full bladder while the northern lights are dancing around the stars, and the thermometer reads 3o below or colder.

True fact - it's cold no matter what you do about it, but it sure is pretty.

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Posted: 05-Sep-2008, 11:49 AM
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Swanny:

I enjoyed hearing of your experience. May I ask how do train yourself for the running of your dog team? Is this something that you do year round? I had a friend that lived in Alaska for a short while (could not adjust to the daylight difference).

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Wife and I went camping this one time. Got lost in the bush for 4 days. Best damn time I ever had camping.

My youngest was born 9 months later.


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Posted: 16-Sep-2008, 03:36 PM
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Hello everyone!

I am having camping fever!!!!! When life comes on too strong, I think of the mountains. The weather has been hot and humid here. I long for the mountains and seeing the leaves change.

I wonder when the leaves change in each of your areas?

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Posted: 28-Apr-2009, 08:50 AM
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We are planning our summer camping trip with the whole family this time. This will include two grandsons along with their parents. I am looking forward to watching them tube the streams. They are still to young to whitewater raft but maybe we can take turns so us older kids can play.

Does anyone else have plans?

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Posted: 29-Apr-2009, 09:52 PM
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It is a little cold (46 degrees) for camping yet and my idea of camping is a Hampton Inns or a Marriott!

I believe I will see some old friends and check out some old hunting haunts in the West and South West in late May.

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Posted: 30-Apr-2009, 01:59 PM
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Personally, I kind of like 46 degrees for camping--very pleasant temp for sleeping. Of course, I've also done tent camping with my scout troop when it was 20 below.
I camped at a reenactment in Neshaminy State Park, PA, a couple of weeks ago, and will be doing the same at Newtown Battlefield Park near Elmira NY this week-end.
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Posted: 02-May-2009, 10:48 AM
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This is how we camp!

#1 group camp at dinner time

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#2 sleepy eyes at camp

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#3 personal camp in Nov 10 several years ago

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this is the only way to camp....

All of these were late fall, early spring ( March/April )

Swanny I think you can relate to this....

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This is a link to where I'm taking my boys this June. Camping, canoeing, float fishing and beer around the campfire at night.....for me, not the boys. biggrin.gif

http://www.arkansas.com/lakes-rivers/river.aspx?id=11

Hope the link works. Got a good friend who has a cabin on the edge of the Ozarks. First time I've been able to take the boys, so I'm starting them in an old cabin instead of a tent. sad.gif My wife's idea. I will probably take the tent along and see what they think. Weather permitting we may just stay out by the campfire all night. Have to wait and see how they do. If I can wear tehm out enough during the day they shouldn't care where they sleep.......
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Good luck on wearing the kids out, GaretJax. biggrin.gif May I ask what are the ages? My husband and I still hold onto camping in a tent. About the only time we get a cabin is in February. My son and his family have a camping trailer but I just don't think it is the same.

I do get a kick out of how some families set up "the old homestead" at their sites though. They hang decorated lights, set up seasonal decorations, blow leaves with leaf blower, etc. Just to set my husband off, I stopped by a dollar store in the area and bought a seasonal decoration to go on the picnic table! Boy, I got alot of good mileage on that dig.

I know you will have a great time.

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