Camping Makes the Weekend Perfect
Chuck Fitzgerald C2004.
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Do you have a weekend without anything to do or a weekend
when you don't want to do anything? I know what I'd do. I would pack
up the truck and head for the woods.
Sitting by a camp fire with your favorite people solves
many problems, so you shouldn't wait too long between fires. My favorite
thing to do on a weekend is to camp. Are you looking for an easy way
to camp? How about car camping? I love it!
First of all, let's define car camping? When you can
drive your vehicle right up to the camp site, that's called car camping.
Even if you're driving a truck it's still called car camping. The advantage
of car camping versus primitive or base camping is that you can take
anything you want with you.
If you want to take a hammock or huge grill or a stack
of magazines, you can. Load your car or truck with food, clothing, shelter,
bedding, games and anything else you want to take along and get going.
It's really that simple.
So where can you car camp? Just about anywhere. National
and state parks don't allow car camping except in designated campgrounds,
other than that, you can car camp virtually anywhere on public lands.
The internet is loaded with websites that can help. Start looking at
www.backcountrytoys.com/education.htm. Our Education Center is loaded
with up to date camping information.
Here are some things I take along when I car camp: hiking
gear, bird watching binoculars and field guide, a radio for music and
weather updates, tent, cot, sleeping bag, grill, shovel, fire starting
gear, lots of food and drink, first aid kit, a stack of reading material
- this can also be used for building a fire - such as newspapers and
magazines, rain gear, hammock, dogs and dog food, folding chairs and
table, stove, table service and utensils..you get the idea. I take all
that I need to be comfortable. If you don't have these things, don't
fret, all you really need are food, shelter and common sense.
Camping is a great way to renew and strengthen relationships.
Take your spouse, your children, your siblings, your friends. Without
the distractions of television, telephone, internet and alarm clocks,
you will have a wonderful time.
I'll always remember something a dear friend of mine
told me years ago, "Time spent in our great outdoors is time added
to your life." That sounds like a good reason to go. Use this information
and you'll Get It Right The First Time.
About the author: Chuck Fitzgerald is the owner of Arizona
based BackCountry Toys, an online specialty store with the "Best
Gear Out There" and dedicated to helping outdoor enthusiasts to
"Get It Right The First Time" with timely educational information.
Please visit http://www.BackCountryToys.com
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