Camping......Love it or Hate it?

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    Jul 26, 2009 2:58 PM GMT
    I have a love/hate relationship with camping.

    As a kid, it was fun to pitch a tent and sleep outside in your backyard with my friends and cousins.

    As a teenager, I hated going camping with my family.......too much work and a big mess.

    As I got older, I enjoyed camping with buddies and the occasional "special guy".

    But now, I think I prefer a Hilton hotel.....fluffy sheets, air conditioning, and room service.

    You guys like camping?
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    Jul 26, 2009 3:03 PM GMT
    Hiking, yes.

    Camping, only IF someone manages to pack everything we need. Running out of water and having to ration until the next dubiously clean body of water is NOT fun. Nights around a campfire are fun. But I really hate the mornings and waking up cold and damp (although morning mountain air is... awesome).
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    Jul 26, 2009 3:10 PM GMT
    Sedative saidHiking, yes.

    Camping, only IF someone manages to pack everything we need. Running out of water and having to ration until the next dubiously clean body of water is NOT fun. Nights around a campfire are fun. But I really hate the mornings and waking up cold and damp (although morning mountain air is... awesome).


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    Jul 26, 2009 3:15 PM GMT
    I am an outdoors kinda of guy, so I love to explore nature even if I have to walk the city parks with the locals! The mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual benefits for ones well being are ten times greater then spending it indoors. Although must confess that I prefer hiking over camping!!


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    Jul 26, 2009 3:21 PM GMT
    Nope. Urban, city-dweller here. I am fine with spending time in nature, but I don't want to sleep in it.
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    Jul 26, 2009 4:11 PM GMT
    LOVE camping. Drinks with friends by the fire is always excellent.

    Here's something weird though. I put up a meetup thing about planning a guy's camping trip (friendly to gays, but not a hookup party). One of the dudes that responded included the weirdest and most unnecessary note. He said that he loved camping cause the last time his straight friend agreed to put on four jackets and let him lay on top of him in the tent. Is that space case or what? How did four layers of jackets fit into this guy's interests and how did he get anyone to agree?
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    Jul 27, 2009 12:39 AM GMT


    I attended sleep away camp frm age 6 till 13 the entire summer it was amazing and I'm still freinds w/ some of the kids I met back then. LOVE IT!
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    Jul 27, 2009 12:40 AM GMT
    I can camp pretty good..

    I can rough it pretty easily and don't mind all the mess.. I just hate spiders so Im always very cautious of that
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    Jul 27, 2009 12:42 AM GMT
    campy or camping? Arent they the samething?
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    Jul 27, 2009 12:45 AM GMT


    We used to do a lot of kayak camping. All good until we did a river one (usually it was the Gulf Islands in the Pacific).

    The water had a nice little bug in it that we got courtesy of dogs shaking wet fur across dinner plates and from splashing paddles with open mouths from laughing.

    Ha and ha.

    Three weeks later we were not well boys at all. And we won't tell you about what the Doc assumed at first and began lecturing us on. Cool Doc, but....heheh.
    Now we live close enough to the ocean to keep the campsite in the kitchen at home, lol!

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    Jul 27, 2009 12:48 AM GMT
    For those who like it you should check out gayoutdoors.org.

    I like car camping which does not mean sleeping in your car. It means you can drive to your sight and pitch a tent nearby. I need certain comforts that I would find hard to do without if I had to backpack into the wilderness for several days as my brother does. I have done primitive car camping which is fine. I camped in the mountains in April and it was a bit too cold for me. I hated the thought that I might have to pee in the middle of the night while a frost was forming. Cold weather camping is not for me but man do I like the warm weather camping.

    I'm not a big fan of hotels. They are often too unpredictable. I prefer the three star and maybe four star hotels. I hate five star hotels and would much rather camp than stay in a dump.
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    Jul 27, 2009 1:03 AM GMT
    Been there, done that and have the bug-bites to show for it. Those damn mosquitoes was what made me hate camping. My involuntary blood-donations kept whole swarms of them alive. Even if I never have kids lots of mosquitoes share my DNA...
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    Jul 28, 2009 10:36 PM GMT
    I didn't start camping until late in life. I had never camped as a child, neither had I joined the Boy Scouts (or whatever equivalent organization you have in the USA). But I had enjoyed hostelling for many years before I married. (For those who had never hostelled, a hostel is a building, often purposely built, other times a former home, mansion, even a castle, a disused chapel, water mill, an office block, or old school classroom...) where I slept in a single sex dormitory, used the shower facilities, bought and cooked my own meals, socialised in the kitchen, dining room, lounge or games room and made many friends. Boy, how I LOVED it!
    Camping was introduced to me by my wife, who love tents. Before we married, I bought a second hand tent, and we still use it to this day. One weekend, when my wife was pregnant with our first daughter, a mate of mine who is also my accountant, invited me to go camping for three days while my other half stayed at home.
    "I'll show you how camping is done, what it's all about", he said as we set out.
    We found a campsite and we set up our tents. That night the heavy thundery downpour made a constant rattling noise on our tents, the pyramid shape amplifying the noise. Then I heard a voice crying for help. It was my accountant mate.
    "My tent is leaking! Can I come in and share yours?" he begged.
    "Of course, come on in," I replied.
    I've been a fan of camping ever since.
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    Jul 28, 2009 10:44 PM GMT
    I love camping, and being out doors in general. On nice evenings I'll sleep outside just for shits and giggles.
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    Jul 28, 2009 10:45 PM GMT
    love camping, did it growing up and into adulthood, will be spending a week in the Columbia Valley in August tenting and golfing. Will be a great time, for all you Canadians, winter camping in scouts is a right of passage.
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    Jul 28, 2009 10:46 PM GMT
    Camping is the best thing ever. What other reason is there for living in Montana?
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    Jul 28, 2009 10:50 PM GMT
    I like hiking - but other than that, the Holiday Inn is "camping" to me icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 28, 2009 11:04 PM GMT
    I just love camping with tents and all that comes with it.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 28, 2009 11:21 PM GMT
    Love it. I do appreciate the outdoors a lot. But it's sad that I never get to do it much.
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    Jul 28, 2009 11:26 PM GMT
    CAMPING!!!! Love it. Love. I'm going this weekend, in fact.

    Nothing makes me happier than being in nature. I don't care who's with me; friends, partner, family, whoever. So long as we're sitting around a campfire, hiking, swimming, singing and just enjoying life in general, I'm all good.
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    Jul 28, 2009 11:33 PM GMT
    I enjoy camping. There's noting like the smell of the outdoors and coffee brewing in the morning, perhaps a fog beginning to burn off over the river. In my book it's worth the effort. It typically means your just steps away from a good hike, perhaps climbing, biking, swimming all at your fingertips.

    Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the finer hotel stay but you can do that any day!!.
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    Jul 28, 2009 11:45 PM GMT
    I love it!