There is an age-old debate regarding camping: do you live on the wild-side for a week, sans H2O and all the other assumed comforts of home, or do you take home on wheels wherever you go? Add to that whether or not you live on chile, hot dogs, and a six-pack of “America”, or do you do the full glamping, complete with breakfast mimosas and evening cocktails? This site will debate the pros, cons and everything between watching Kevin Durrant and Steph Curry on your satellite receiver in front of your gas fireplace to watching the sunset over a remote lake where nature’s sports field invites you to play.
Camping genres fall into a few basic segments:
This is the type of camping often associated with backwoodsmen or backpackers. While living in the wild, aka “backwoods lifestyles” are not explored in this post, dry camping is not limited to backpacks and tents, and includes the use of RVs where spouses limit the convenience of water, power, gas and other essential facilities in the spirit of getting to be one with nature.
Backpacking in remote wildernesses is an extreme form of dry camping where you carry everything you need in a 50# bag on your back and walk seemingly aimlessly on narrow trails in frontiers that no man may have gone before. “Leave no trace” typically guides the backpacker’s experience of limited waste of any sort. That’s right: you pack out, burn or bury anything you bring in…and we do mean anything.
And then there’s the food. Freeze-dried MREs made famous by the military have found a new fan-base in the backpacking and dry camping communities. That’s because they weigh nothing, take up little space and are reported to have just the same amount of flavor as if you had cooked it in your own home. Right. Gin and Tonics have no place in a dry camping world, or do they?
What’s your experience with dry camping? What is the craziest place you’ve gone and the best (or worst) food you’ve made? How long did you enjoy camping before you gave it up and got real?
Traditional tent camping
Best typified by Yogi the Bear, his best friend BooBoo, and cheerful guide Ranger Rick, tent-camping has long been a favorite past-time of young and adventurous families. Traditional camping involves finding campgrounds where likeminded individuals come together to live remotely in a natural environment, becoming temporary best friends around a campfire. This seems somewhat ironic considering that in today’s world, fewer and fewer people can’t even manage to even learn their neighbors first names.
Food is a step up over dry camping but still relegated to Spaghetti-Os, canned beans and hot dogs. And never, ever, forget the can opener as too many tent camping experiences come to an abrupt end when futile attempts to open cans with knives, rocks, and profanity lead to early trips to the emergency room.
For those of you who have stepped up to tent camping, share your happiest experience including where you went, any lingering friendships created, and even the trips to the emergency room. Don’t forget to include tips and suggestions on food and feel free to share “what not tos” that we should all consider before embarking on this type of adventure.
RVing, aka “glamping”
About RVing: look, when you get home from work after a 40 hour plus week, do you really want to cram everything you might need into two plastic totes and a cooler, and jam it into the backseat of your car and then head out, find a spot (good luck if you don’t have a reservation!) and strike a tent? Or, does the tease of a dry martini served in a martini glass (as opposed to a red Solo cup- aimed at the Shoppers – whoops! Wrong project!) with a grilled steak on the barbe lead you to question your thinking? RVers have it figured out: home on wheels, everything at the ready so that when you get home after work, you just hook up and leave and presto, you can pull over in any (almost) legal spot and have an instant campsite with the push of a few buttons. Hey, in today’s technology driven world, why not?
And then there’s the food. They say a picture says 1000 words…. well, this one tells the whole story. Imagine steak and potatoes for dinner, a fresh salad and of course, dessert that includes more than S’mores. Follow that up with fresh eggs and bacon in the morning, your favorite toast, and of course, the famous mimosa! All easy to do when you have a full refrigerator, oven and stove, and sink at your fingertips.
Curious about the RV lifestyle? www.goRVing.com allows you to compare trailers and figure out what you really want when considering taking your home on wheels with you, like a turtle.
Wrapping it up, we really want to hear from you with your favorite and funny camping stories, especially if it’s about food. And, if you’re curious about camping as a recreational adventure, here are a few resources to explore: