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Old 10-16-2016, 06:15 AM   #41
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Well, I have done a lot of "alone" camping over the years. I have traveled to Colorado, AZ, NM and others by myself as my wife could not get off work or was not interested. But she does like to go locally, to the Lake or state park as long as its within 45 minutes from the house. I enjoy a few days by myself. Allows me to get to do the simple fixes on the camper and try new things. On the longer trips alone, they usually last about 10 days and I trout fish a lot and camera hunt as I like to photograph wildlife. After the 10 days the longing to be home is in full throttle and I am ready to get back.
Locally I will go to the lake for 2 weeks at a time, once every 6 weeks. I will commute to work from there and the DW will come out every evening and all weekend. But during the week she will go back to the sticks and bricks for the night and head to work from there as its only a mile to work. I attribute a lot of our 36 years of marriage to this routine. This may be the difference between Country boy and City girl. Not sure, but just getting outside is the key to my sanity and if its alone, so be it. I love it all!

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Old 10-18-2016, 09:28 AM   #42
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I camp alone every fall after the grandkids are back in school and my DW insists on going back to work. Truly enjoy the alone time and just getting out camping before the snow gets here.

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Old 10-18-2016, 12:00 PM   #43
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Extremely interested in this topic. Going this weekend just me and dog. Planning 4-6 weeks in summer. Photo trip and rougher conditions. Stay longer, walk more to photo sites. Agree that it will take effort to be comfortable alone, but will work to have social contacts. I wonder about cooking for just me. What to eat, etc. I can cook enough to get along and plan to read/write/edit photos. DW little interest in this trip, and unhappy DW makes unhappy everybody.
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Old 10-18-2016, 12:12 PM   #44
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Old 10-18-2016, 08:23 PM   #45
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If I could arrange for one of my DH's kids to come stay with him, I would pack up the dogs and take the MH for a camping trip. Peaceful...

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Old 10-19-2016, 04:06 AM   #46
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My DH doesn't care for camping. He isn't a chill out kind of guy, so I keep him fed!
I haven't camped alone but it seems like it wouldn't be much different than being at home by yourself, just outside more .
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Old 10-21-2016, 06:27 AM   #47
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I wonder about cooking for just me. What to eat, etc. I can cook enough to get along and plan to read/write/edit photos. DW little interest in this trip, and unhappy DW makes unhappy everybody.
I don't like cooking for just myself either, so I limit big meal prep to those times when the whole family goes. The most I will do for myself is throw something small on the grill because I then use the coals to start a campfire.

Now that I have gone a few times by myself since starting this thread, I have found the microwave and frozen section in the grocery store to be my friend, whereas normally I never eat microwaved food. There are some really good, high-quality items available nowadays that are perfect for just one person, including breakfasts, organic, and ethnic foods. I've kinda enjoyed exploring what the frozen section has to offer on my solo trips, whereas normally I much prefer to prepare my food from scratch. I think you'd be pleasantly surprised also. As long as you have electric hookups or some other means to run the micro, I have found that to be one of the biggest conveniences of owning my TT.

And don't forget the old stand-bys either: canned goods. Last Friday night when I rolled in at 8pm, it was cold, dark, and rainy. After setting up camp, I opened and heated a can of Campbell's Chunky New England-style Clam Chowder. I ate it in the blustery darkness on the bank of the lake and thought to myself, "By George, those Yanks are on to something here!" I can imagine that other soups, stews, and chili would have been just as satisfying.

Lunches are always sammies&chips or leftovers from the night before. I have found "small and simple" to be the best strategy when alone. I came to the realization that I don't eat as much as I thought because eating alone isn't as festive as with other people. I get satisfied a lot quicker.
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Old 10-21-2016, 09:29 AM   #48
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When I camp alone, one of two things happens when it comes to eating. I open a can and eat from it (aggravates the DW when I do it at home ) Or I go all gourmet and spend the whole time cooking and eating. I enjoy campfire cooking, I have several sets of cookware and can go from small portions up to enough to feed half the campground.

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Old 10-21-2016, 02:28 PM   #49
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Interesting thread. My DH is retired from his real job but still does some consulting which often takes him overseas. Every time I go camping by myself (plus the dog) I fancy I can hear Helen Reddy warming up. Quite empowering to a female of my generation.

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Old 10-21-2016, 07:46 PM   #50
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I find that the fun tend to end once I open the can. Not being a cook my meals are somewhat limited. However, there are a handful of meals that I can cook & like. When I do cook I will often freeze some of it for camping. (Spaghetti sauce, chili, soup, Lasagna, meatloaf, stuffed peppers, etc.. I often will precook the pasta so all I need to do is heat it up but I have cooked spaghetti at camp. I like to keep the first day of camping as simple as I can. Often on the second day of camping I will bake BBQ chicken & scallop potatoes or put a small pot roast in a 4 quart slow cooker & let it cook all day.

Burritos, tacos, Sloppy Joes all makes for a easy meal especially if all you need to do is warm it up. I also will bring along some frozen meals that I do like. After enduring a blackout for almost 24 hours I will bring something that doesn't require power to cook. I also have placed a to-go order from my neighbor Mexican food restaurant to reheat up for dinner. The trick to warming up leftovers is to heat at reduced power (40-50%) for a longer period of time.

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