Camping

I don’t know if I wrote about this before or not, but I am going to anyway….Instead of going to the cottage this weekend, my wife and I headed off with some friends for a couple of days camping in the great outdoors…well…in a campground, not exactly the backwoods or anything.

But what I was going to mention was how friendly people seem to be in campgrounds. I don’t know if it is because they are on vacation and in a good mood, or if campers just appreciate meeting new folks, or if they are just plain old lonesome for human companionship, but campers are friendly, at least around here.

Where else can you share a common washroom/shower facility with people from all over North America, than in a campground. Campground camping usually means group activities and campfires, sing-a-longs and more are popular and mixing with new people is commonplace.

Perhaps it’s because they know that they will not likely ever see each other again, or just the novelty of meeting someone from ‘away’ if all that there is to it. Then again, it could be the shared experiences of camping, and how people like to help people. I have witnessed strangers helping other strangers put up a new tent, even park a travel trailer.

I also overheard a conversation today where one tourist was telling another one about a couple of nice things to see not too far from the park where we were staying. Needless to say it was kind of impressive to hear.

But…oh my does camping ever tire me out….even sleeping in the comforts of our van are not enough. It’s the endless walking, standing around on uneven ground, and not having a comfy couch to sprawl out on in the afternoon that makes it tiring I think. The cottage has been known to wear me out, but nothing like camping. For one thing, I don’t have to walk far to get to a toilet at the camp. That’s important, more important that I would have realized until I got into this camping thing…

I guess that is just another reason why I prefer to spend my weekends and vacation at the cottage….the toilet isn’t very far and as I reach middle age, that seems to be much more important than it used to be….

Here is a picture of the view behind our campsite this weekend, the view was spectacular, especially as the sun began to set.

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