Who camps here? Not BEING campy, silly, but outdoor camping. Favorite places?

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    Sep 13, 2010 7:17 PM GMT
    I've been outdoor camping since the 1950s. With or without a tent, just sleeping on the ground, and later with camper trailers. So who goes camping, and what are your favorite places?
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    Sep 13, 2010 8:00 PM GMT
    I highly recommend Corps of Engineer campgrounds. The Corps builds most of the dams in the US, and controls the waterways. As a consequence, they operate hundreds of beautiful and low-cost campgrounds on their land all around the US. It's a little secret most Americans don't know about, but should, if they like to camp. Here's one of many links, and you can Google others:

    http://www.rv-camping.org/COECampgrounds.html
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    Sep 13, 2010 9:02 PM GMT
    I used to... the Oregon Cascades as well as the High Desert were my favorite places. "Dispersed camping" on federal land was generally free or very low cost. You just had to let the local ranger know you were in the area.
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    Sep 15, 2010 7:33 AM GMT
    i love camping always take the nephews all 5 at the same time. we have a blast fishing swimming all the fun stuff. if i could live in the woods i would my home away from home. and my and our favorite place to go camping is Firefly and the Porkipine MTS.
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    Sep 15, 2010 8:55 AM GMT
    safety43 saidi love camping always take the nephews all 5 at the same time. we have a blast fishing swimming all the fun stuff. if i could live in the woods i would my home away from home.


    5?, I only thought there were M & J.
  • Bunjamon

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    Sep 15, 2010 9:02 AM GMT
    I grew up camping in the Adirondack Park in northern New York State. No pop-up campers for this guy! The closest thing we ever got to one of those was a lean-to. We'd go to Corey's, Gull Pond, 13th Lake, Racquette Lake, Indian Lake.....I don't think there was one summer where we didn't go camping at least once.
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    Sep 15, 2010 9:52 AM GMT
    Yes, we go camping. We hit Colorado, Canada, NY State.
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    Sep 15, 2010 10:07 AM GMT
    My dog and I love it. Just upgraded the tent this year to fit my 100# boy and all the supplies we need.

    Northern MI and Canada have great sites.

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    Sep 15, 2010 11:30 AM GMT
    I go camping/hiking every chance I can. Either in the Southern Appalachia mtns. (my favorite area) or the Hawaiian Islands (awesome area)
    I also travel a good bit, USA and abroad, to go hiking/camping !!
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    Sep 15, 2010 11:51 AM GMT
    Here's a paste from another thread in this forum I thought might be of interest to campers, who may not have read it there:

    I have a "Golden Access Passport" to US Federal camping & recreational areas, because I'm disabled. It gives me free or reduced fare admittance to Federal facilities around the US.

    Not many US guys here on RJ are disabled, but the Passport card I have lists the Federal agencies that have camping and other outdoor recreational attractions within their jurisdiction, that RJers from the US, as well as foreign visitors, might like to use. The costs are usually quite reasonable. Google these agencies for more details:

    Bureau of Land Management
    Fish and Wildlife Service
    Power and Water Resources Services
    Army Corps of Engineers
    Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
    National Park Service
    Forest Service
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    Sep 15, 2010 12:22 PM GMT
    Love it. Unfortunately I didn't really do a lot of it growing up, but now whenever I get the chance I try and make a trip. Thankfully with Texas being so huge there's never any problem of finding some place to go that isn't a good distance out of the way.
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    Sep 18, 2010 9:34 PM GMT
    Before I married I wasn't into camping. When I was ten, my mother had the idea of me joining the Boy Scouts, a British organisation which take a group of boys out camping for the night and sitting round a campfire, singing and relating personal experiences as well as learning to cook outdoors, the Country Code and a good dollop if discipline. Although secular, it had the backing of the churches.
    But when assessed, I was refused entry, much to Mum's disappointment. As a boy I was much too shy, timid, fearful and therefore an ideal target for bullying.
    It was many years later that my future wife, who loves camping and the Outdoors, encouraged me to give it a try. So one of my clients had a spare tent going, and I bought it. Within a week we had it set up in an official campground during a Bible Week festival -

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    It was good and I enjoyed it. After this we camped at several places in the UK, but especially at the Jurassic Coast Path, on the Southwest of England.
    But even to this present day, camping is not my favourite form of spending the night. I do it mainly for her. Given the chance, I would go back to hosteling. After all, I traveled the world using backpackers hostels. But as long as we together, it will never be. She hates hostels!
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    Sep 18, 2010 9:36 PM GMT
    In the US, best place would be the White Mts of NH. Other part of the world, would be Tibeticon_cool.gif
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    Sep 18, 2010 10:03 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI've been outdoor camping since the 1950s. With or without a tent, just sleeping on the ground, and later with camper trailers. So who goes camping, and what are your favorite places?


    Some of my favorites have been:

    (1) Joshua Tree National Park - close to Palm Springs...truly remarkable, this is pure camping no water inside the park and only toilet facilities.

    (2)Yosemite National Park - incredible views, plenty of facilities, trails...any of course Half Dome.

    (3) Anza Borrego Desert State park.

    These are just a few that I used to visit with friends in S. California, now in N. California need to get new gay friends that like camping...that in itself is a challenge, most want air-condition accommodations, a bed, etc. the list goes endless, etc.
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    Sep 18, 2010 10:23 PM GMT
    My family owns 80 acres in the middle of a huron nat forest in northern Michigan. its 100% private adn no one around for 2 miles or so. two cabins, four bonfire pits all over. very year me and 20 of my buddys head up for a end of summer bash.

    www.myspace.com/binx3o hit the cabin tab of the pics and check it out.
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    Sep 18, 2010 10:30 PM GMT
    Camping is soooooooo much fun either by yourself or with a good group of friends.

    The best times I've had is when my friends and I are going on hikes.
  • coolarmydude

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    Sep 18, 2010 10:43 PM GMT
    I haven't gone camping since Easter weekend, year 2000. I use to go all the time in the Boy Scouts. I probably will resume camping after I retire from the Army in 2 years.
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    Sep 18, 2010 10:46 PM GMT
    Going camping this coming weekend! Sooo looking forward to having sex in the woods...um, I mean taking in the beautiful scenery and eating s'mores at the campfire.
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    Sep 18, 2010 10:49 PM GMT
    I should go camping too. It's all nice and foggy and no one will see me camping in my jockstrap showing off my legs. icon_razz.gif
  • laxdude25

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    Sep 18, 2010 10:52 PM GMT
    i like to camp a lot, and one of my best times was a rim-to-rim trip in the grand canyon. just off season, awesome weather, felt like we were alone. all the crowds don't bother walking.
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    Sep 18, 2010 10:56 PM GMT
    Sorry, no camper here. I had to use this space to insert my favorite "camping" phrase though.....

    "My idea of 'roughing it' is walking barefoot through the lobby of the Ritz Carlton....."
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    Sep 18, 2010 11:51 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidGoing camping this coming weekend! Sooo looking forward to having sex in the woods...um, I mean taking in the beautiful scenery and eating s'mores at the campfire.


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    Sep 19, 2010 12:21 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidSorry, no camper here. I had to use this space to insert my favorite "camping" phrase though.....

    "My idea of 'roughing it' is walking barefoot through the lobby of the Ritz Carlton....."

    If you knew how many times I've heard gay guys think they were being funny and original with lines that that one...

    You left out: "My idea of camping is a 5-star hotel."

    MEGA-BARF

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  • irishMAc

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    Sep 19, 2010 12:26 AM GMT
    i love ots of ares around Oregon. Lost Lake is a great spot - no motorized craft, views of Mt Hood.
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  • rnch

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    Sep 19, 2010 12:53 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI highly recommend Corps of Engineer campgrounds. The Corps builds most of the dams in the US, and controls the waterways. As a consequence, they operate hundreds of beautiful and low-cost campgrounds on their land all around the US. It's a little secret most Americans don't know about, but should, if they like to camp.....


    hope the corps built their camp grounds better than they built the faulty levies that let loose and flooded 80% of the city of new orleans 5 years ago!! icon_mad.gificon_mad.gificon_mad.gificon_mad.gif