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Old 07-28-2013, 03:52 PM   #31
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I met DH tent camping on a white water rafting trip. That is the. last time I tent camped. I will not go camping ith out my own bed and bath and more impotrantly Air conditioning!!!
Bodzcampers, tent camping in SC in Aug, you are very brave. Bring some sort of fan, it will be hot!
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:59 PM   #32
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Bodzcampers, where are you staying? Last time I was at pirateland in myrtle beach, there were red and black ants everywhere and some really bad thunderstorms at night. that was June 2011. heat and humidity were miserable. Mosquitos and biting flies and no - see-ums drove us insane, even with tiki torches. Oh and due to local ordinances, no campfires allowed. just trying to prepare ya. you might be better off renting a pup from someone local.
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:55 PM   #33
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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.
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Our children grew up RVing. Every vacation was a trip to a different part of the country, and they saw those sights that HERmit described.

My daughter took an elective Geology course in college. As the professor described various rock strata, and geological formations around the country, Kathryn would think "I've been there and I've seen that" - while her rich friends just flew over in an airliner. She would only think "they don't know what they'e been missing." And now she's giving this gift to her children. My son loves camping, hikes the Appalachian trail every summer. And of course, SWMBO and I can't get it out of our blood, either

Lifestyle? Maybe. As HERmit describes, it it is a GIFT.
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Old 07-28-2013, 05:33 PM   #34
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Ummm I meant "Old Faithful" not Old Glory. I've seen Old Glory do her thing many a time too, so I guess both work.

Today is my Dad's 85th Birthday. While on the phone with him a bit ago I read my post to him. He cried, then asked me if I could possibly print that out for him (large print, of course). You betcha!
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I'm sure this video has been posted before, but it's really appropriate for this discussion about tent camping. I LOL every time I watch it.

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You only live once, so I'm sure we'll make the best of it as we always do!
OK - so... please look at what's available on NC's Outer Banks. Anything south of Nags Head (Frisco, Rodanthe, Buxton, Hatteras, Ocracoke).
What would be a plum is a spot at Myrtle Beach State Park. Situated on the "Grand Strand," it has preserved a piece of what that coastline used to be. You camp under sprawling live oaks (READ: SHADE). You can walk to the beach. Plus all those touristy things are only minutes away, if you choose.

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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.
We were tenting as kids (maybe 50 years ago) and at Baraga State Park once it rained so hard that we had to dig trenches around the tent to keep from flooding out. That was the joke years after to go thru the park and see our trenches were still there.
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OK - so... please look at what's available on NC's Outer Banks. Anything south of Nags Head (Frisco, Rodanthe, Buxton, Hatteras, Ocracoke).
What would be a plum is a spot at Myrtle Beach State Park. Situated on the "Grand Strand," it has preserved a piece of what that coastline used to be. You camp under sprawling live oaks (READ: SHADE). You can walk to the beach. Plus all those touristy things are only minutes away, if you choose.

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That's a great idea. And then there's Huntington Beach State Park a few miles south of MB State Park, and I think it's very similar to what you describe at MB State Park.
The Outer Banks option would also offer a lot of interesting side trips, including the Wright Brothers Memorial, the Lost Colony historical drama, lots of historic lighthouses and the wild ponies that live out there on the islands.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:03 AM   #39
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Haven't tent camped in about 15 years, but I'm seriously thinking about going once or twice a year. I spent a big part of my childhood and teen years tent camping and loved it. I want my 2 boys to experience it before they get too spoiled by having a camper. I know I'll be goin it alone cuz the wife flat out refuses to go without the camper.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:57 AM   #40
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I'm with you Tina & Ted. We backpacked all over the Southern Cascades and loved it - in our 40s. In our 50's we car camped and tented in the Southern Sequoias - and liked it. I don't ever need to sleep on the ground again - in my 60's! We love or Micro-Lite and queen bed - and love our Carefree Vacation'r porch add -on when it rains.
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