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Old 06-14-2013, 05:28 PM   #21
 
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I have camped out a few times but not on any campgrounds. My grandmother lived in Hogansville and we'd pitch a tent out in the pasture and sleep there. It wasn't too bad.

I will be going camping in Florida this fall. Hubs is big time into astronomy and there's a meeting we'll be attending at a campground. Tp, bug spray, and some food/water can go a long way to make you feel civilized. There is a bathroom and shower facility but we'll be sleeping in a tent. Actually, I have a feeling he'll be sleeping in a tent and I will sneak off to the car when he starts snoring...lol
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Bring a fan with you...either electric if you'll have an electric hookup, or battery-operated if you don't. Fans keep you cool, and they keep some of the bugs off you, at least while you're eating. Flies can really ruin a meal.

I love camping, but these days I have little interest in roughing it in a tent. We have a camper
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I've camped at the beach a lot in Mexico. For weeks at a time. I love it and would do it again.

I do wonder about camping somewhere where the ground isn't sand though. But I'd still be down.

As long as it wasn't raining all crazy and miserable or anything.
I don't even consider beach camping to be camping but I would looove to do that. The wooded areas are just totally different and buggy and ew. So people actually put air mattresses in their tent? I guess that could work.
Now what exactly is it that makes the woods different and ew? I can never understand it when people say that. Woods are majestic. They are full of beautiful sights and sounds, and covered by a blanket of stars. It's a little slice of heaven. So what if it has bugs. Bugs are in cities too.

If you are going to be camping in an area with public restrooms, you'll hardly be camping anyway. There are normally lots of people around, and not a great deal of space in between camp sites (which is normally a field). And yes, an air mattress can fit nicely in a medium to large tent. Some have battery operated pumps, some require power, and there is always a hand pump.
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They have riverfront sites which I would like. Cant find any pics though.
That would be a fantastic place to camp, with many options. The traditional developed will have showers and restrooms. You can hop in the river on the water front, and walk in would provide the most privacy but least immediate conveniences.
I am sure you could find a spot where they were not too far away, even when doing the walk in.

Nothing scary about that, Josephine. I've lived in the woods all my life, and I won't think twice about squatting and peeing in them either!
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They have riverfront sites which I would like. Cant find any pics though.
Not scary? That looks like a monster or Big Foot lurking there by the tree on the right.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:18 AM   #26
 
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That is far too small for a Big Foot, Mrs. P.

It looks more like the ghost of Cletus to me. Cletus is a legend, in every forest.
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As a city girl raised in the country now living in the city who has tent-camped many times, your attitude will determine how enjoyable the experience is. I'm a girly-girl who would MUCH rather glamp rather than camp. But, I have rough tent-camped many times and have enjoyed it thoroughly, even though I was skeeved out by the bugs, dirt, etc. I get really nervous outdoors at night, too. But, I love the outdoors and the smell of a campfire and all that comes with camping, so a slight (ok, major) adjustment of my attitude made enjoyment of those things possible.
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Woods from a near distance: wonderful.

Woods up close: even better.

Woods when within them: prickers! ticks! things that bite and scratch!
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Woods from a near distance: wonderful.

Woods up close: even better.

Woods when within them: prickers! ticks! things that bite and scratch!
Your too spooky, Claudine. Too spooky indeed
I live in the middle of the woods and have not had a tick (knock on wood) since 1979. I was naked, sitting on a watermelon (who knows why, I was 4), and ended up with a tick on my butt. I lived to tell the tale.



Given the fact that I grew up with one of the worlds oldest mountains as my playground, I don't worry about that stuff. I've been tangled up in briars, brambles, burs, spurs, prickles and sticky weeds and poison oak. I've caught ground and water snakes and bugs (been bitten by a few too), and lizards for fun. I will lay down in a field, roll down a hill, jump in a mud puddle, go exploring by myself (with no fear of getting lost), etc. And then come home, take a bubble bath, paint my nails & put on makeup and a pretty dress and go out. I mean, it's not like it does not come/wash off.
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^ If you learn anything eom my ramblings, it's check your watermelons for ticks.

And enjoy the woods!
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I do........from a short distance.
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I love you Claudine. I really really do.

Short distance IT IS for our Deenie.

I mean, I'll admit that it's hotter than all get out at the beach, but you figure out ways to deal. I focus on what I fun and have always walke away with great memories. Even when I got third degree burns on my hip from the sun (I still don't know how I managed that one) and was with people I hardly knew and didn't really care for, I can still smile about the trip. About the lake, the flat tire, and all the drama that came along with the trip.

I almost forgot about that trip! Aww.......
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Sigh. My poor, poor forests. They get a bad rap. Especially the southern ones. They can't help where there born. People with banjos's don't lurk in them with harmful intent, contrary to popular belief. And bugs have rights too you know!

Sad. It's just sad.
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No psycho freaks will capsize your canoe either...

Try living in an area where parts of Deliverance and the original Friday The 13th were filmed and you know know my pain.
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They have riverfront sites which I would like. Cant find any pics though.
That looks like a great place to camp. I'm gettin the itch to go camping now!!
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Oh, Fifi. I love banjo music (I played for a while); most of my neighbors are considered rednecks by the rest of the county, and almost no one but my friend and I love our lake and swim in it. I am one thousand times happier out here in the country than I ever was in the city, but, well, some of us have the constitution for camping, and some don't.

I spent years sent away to camps everywhere, so the woods were forced on me, and the skin of this redhead isn't tough enough to absorb many bites or scratches. Or heat rash. And then there's the allergies.

But I've always loved creeks and rocks and fields, if that helps.
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Oh, Fifi. I love banjo music (I played for a while); most of my neighbors are considered rednecks by the rest of the county, and almost no one but my friend and I love our lake and swim in it. I am one thousand times happier out here in the country than I ever was in the city, but, well, some of us have the constitution for camping, and some don't.

I spent years sent away to camps everywhere, so the woods were forced on me, and the skin of this redhead isn't tough enough to absorb many bites or scratches. Or heat rash. And then there's the allergies.

But I've always loved creeks and rocks and fields, if that helps.
Haha. You're fine, Claudine. I'm just playing around, and most of my remarks are based on calls or comments I get from visitors to the area or the camping challenged. If I had a nickel for every time someone (seriously) told me they were terrified here, based on the backwoods/savage/inbred mountain man stereotype, I would be rich. It's a common phobia with people who don't like the (back) woods.

Just like people have a phobia of getting mugged and murdered on city streets.
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I'd take the woods over the beach any day. Sand in everything and no shade, ugh.
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Now what exactly is it that makes the woods different and ew? I can never understand it when people say that. Woods are majestic. They are full of beautiful sights and sounds, and covered by a blanket of stars. It's a little slice of heaven. So what if it has bugs. Bugs are in cities too.
LOL if you don't know the difference, not sure what to say. I love sand and ocean and even though there are critters at night its different on the beach. I've laid on the beach bare many times, day or night. Love it. Woods, no. And no bugs in my apt, don't like em!
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As a city girl raised in the country now living in the city who has tent-camped many times, your attitude will determine how enjoyable the experience is. I'm a girly-girl who would MUCH rather glamp rather than camp. But, I have rough tent-camped many times and have enjoyed it thoroughly, even though I was skeeved out by the bugs, dirt, etc. I get really nervous outdoors at night, too. But, I love the outdoors and the smell of a campfire and all that comes with camping, so a slight (ok, major) adjustment of my attitude made enjoyment of those things possible.
This sound a lot like me. People who know me have told me that I'll probably like it. I just need a push. We didnt go camping this weekend, it was too late and not the best weekend.
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