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Old 07-28-2013, 02:25 PM   #21
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:43 PM   #22
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Remember tent camping? Heck, I've been trying to forget, ever since the ground got harder and my butt lost the padding!
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:56 PM   #23
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Oh do I *ever* remember tent camping! I may have shared with everyone before now that my parents took all four of us kids on a 2 week vacation as far back as I can remember.

We traveled highways and byways...no interstates back then, and no fast food joints...and stopped at roadside parks and dragged out an ice chest, cold cut sandwiches were our daily fare.

I had no idea what a gift those trips were to us kids until I became an adult. I've been to the top of Pike's Peak (covered my head with a pillow in the back of the "Country Squire" station wagon, terrified of those hair pin turns with sheer cliffs), been to the bottom of the Royal Gorge, seen the Painted Desert, the Petrified Forest and watched Old Glory do her thing, right on time. Been to Ruby Falls, Swing Along Bridge and Carlsbad Caverns. Played in ice cold mountain streams more times than I can recall. And oh yes....we saw ROCK CITY! And, the Grand Canyon.

We were treated one night per week to one of those road side "motels" with the little individual cottage units. What a TREAT! Hot baths and showers!

Dad burned the tranny out in Carlsbad, NM one year. I remember we were there for several days.

I remember specifically one night in our tent, we were awakened by a loud huffing sound and an awful stench. Yep, we had a black bear visitor, with nothing but canvas between us and it.
I recall *so* many nights huddling in tents while the weather raged outside.

I asked Dad not long ago (remembering that Mom dropped her purse while down in the Ruby Falls cave into one of the underground streams, and Dad jumped over the rail to retrieve it...all the money we had was in that purse) just how much money they brought with us on those two week camping trips every year.

Two
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Dollars

My how times have changed. You can't pay for a nice dinner and a movie these days with that.

But, no amount of money can buy those memories. They are priceless and they are mine! I have tons of pictures from those trips, *and* I have Mom's (RIP) old bakelite Brownie Hawkeye camera with which they were taken, complete with the flash attachment and even a few of those old bulbs with the blue coating that melted when she used 'em.

Those *were* the good old days. We were poor, but hell we didn't know it. We kids thought we were hot shots riding in those rear fold down seats in the back of that old Country Squire station wagon!
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:59 PM   #24
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DH and I spotted one of those old wayside cottage style motels the other day on the way to a park.

Told him I'd love to find one on a mountain pass somewhere, remodel it and let that be a hobby after we retire.

What a joy to have travelers, pulling a vintage TT, drop in for a night. Time machine moment!
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:59 PM   #25
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Oh do I *ever* remember tent camping! I may have shared with everyone before now that my parents took all four of us kids on a 2 week vacation as far back as I can remember.

We traveled highways and byways...no interstates back then, and no fast food joints...and stopped at roadside parks and dragged out an ice chest, cold cut sandwiches were our daily fare.

I had no idea what a gift those trips were to us kids until I became an adult. I've been to the top of Pike's Peak (covered my head with a pillow in the back of the "Country Squire" station wagon, terrified of those hair pin turns with sheer cliffs), been to the bottom of the Royal Gorge, seen the Painted Desert, the Petrified Forest and watched Old Glory do her thing, right on time. Been to Ruby Falls, Swing Along Bridge and Carlsbad Caverns. Played in ice cold mountain streams more times than I can recall. And oh yes....we saw ROCK CITY!

We were treated one night per week to one of those road side "motels" with the little individual cottage units. What a TREAT! Hot baths and showers!

Dad burned the tranny out in Carlsbad, NM one year. I remember we were there for several days.

I remember specifically one night in our tent, we were awakened by a loud huffing sound and an awful stench. Yep, we had a black bear visitor, with nothing but canvas between us and it.
I recall *so* many nights huddling in tents while the weather raged outside.

I asked Dad not long ago (remembering that Mom dropped her purse while down in the Ruby Falls cave into one of the underground streams, and Dad jumped over the rail to retrieve it...all the money we had was in that purse) just how much money they brought with us on those two week camping trips every year.

Two
Hundred
Dollars

My how times have changed. You can't pay for a nice dinner and a movie these days with that.

But, no amount of money can buy those memories. They are priceless and they are mine! I have tons of pictures from those trips, *and* I have Mom's (RIP) old bakelite Brownie Hawkeye camera with which they were taken, complete with the flash attachment and even a few of those old bulbs with the blue coating that melted when she used 'em.

Those *were* the good old days. We were poor, but hell we didn't know it. We kids thought we were hot shots riding in those rear fold down seats in the back of that old Country Squire station wagon!
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:03 PM   #26
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Awesome!

Thank ya....campin's in my blood, it just grew up and became "glampin'"!!!

Was just recalling a little one horse town in Arkansas named "Skeeter Holler".....they weren't lyin! We dang near needed a blood transfusion after that night in the tent!
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:09 PM   #27
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Last time we tent camped in the UP was in Baraga........it was June maybe 20 years ago and the ranger asked if we were geared for SNOW. Man it was cold.
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:11 PM   #28
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Camping's in my blood too, although my parents weren't campers. We had a rustic cottage on an island in Michigan. So, almost camping. My first camping trip was in high school when my best friend (right after getting her license) took me tent camping in Ontario to visit her relatives' dairy farm. Had the bug ever since!
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:14 PM   #29
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Camping's in my blood too, although my parents weren't campers. We had a rustic cottage on an island in Michigan. So, almost camping. My first camping trip was in high school when my best friend (right after getting her license) took me tent camping in Ontario to visit her relatives' dairy farm. Had the bug ever since!
You are correct, it is a bug! No cure, can lay dormant for years, then BAM!

It gits ya again!
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When I was a tender-foot scout I got a nice dome tent that lasted years. Sold it at a yard sale after getting a "cool" camel back style tent that stayed in its' box for 20 years.

DW had to get it out for a camp out with the brownies a couple of month ago, but then that was canceled due to weather. We took it with us on last camp out since it was two boys and five girls in a trailer that seriously does 5 comfortably. The plan: boys get the tent. Then the rain started - rather than soak the 5yo, we slept on a twin size inflatable on the kitchen floor.
Since he was bummed we did not do the tent then, I set it up Friday night in the yard. We live in the woods, so it was actually quieter that the CG. He fell asleep in about 5 minutes.

Since DD was bummed she did not get to sleep in it, out we went last night. She was asleep about an hour when the rumbling started. Pulled out my smart phone - thunderstorms all over the place. In she went, in went the tent, and into a nice soft bed I went. Maybe next week.

Of course, I did get the tent to backpack with - and we live pretty close to the Appalachian trail, so next year...
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