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I thought I would depart from my "Ranger Rants" series, and add a short piece regarding camping.  As some of you know, I have not been a big fan of camping.....in fact it would not be too strong to say I detested camping.   However my recent trip to the Grand Canyon has definitely changed my perspective on the subject.  What changed?  Well first I discovered I could not find a hotel/motel room for less than $100/night and my camping spot ended up costing me $9/night (w/ my senior pass).  Also, it was relatively warm each night so I did not freeze my as_ off each night as I had remembered from earlier camping trips.  I invested in a really nice air mattress so I actually slept well each night.   It didn't even feel like I was sleeping on the ground :-)  One of my coworkers was kind enough to loan me their REI dome tent ..... good thing, because Saturday night it poured around 1am....but ya know what....I didn't get a drop of rain in the tent.  It was completely dry inside, as the rain fly did exactly what it was suppose to do.  The campfire Saturday night was great fun, so I began to realize that this camping thing might not be so bad after all.  Of course the marshmellows were just as sticky as I remembered from my childhood....but heck, that's part of the fun (licking your fingers).  So I am leaning towards buying my own car camping tent, and possibly a bunch of other gear.   Heck I might start fixing meals on the road and quit eating out all the time.  Man, am I loosing my mind (or discovering it)?   Ranger Rich

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Comment by Ann Carr on December 3, 2012 at 4:09pm

Hey Rick - I'll be happy to teach you how to camp!  lol.  It is the only way to travel and there are some very nice camping spots out there and allot of them are not even in the National Parks.  I camp and kayak at the same time and that presents its own challenges.  I can recommend you buying a Slick Rock back packing tent (a little bit more dollars than Wal Mart) but well worth it.  Air mattresses are the best unless it is cold outside - then you need a piece of foam between you and the air mattress. Down sleeping bags are the best for anytime of year, unless you get them wet.  And of course, I am a great proponent of dutch oven cooking.  Nothing like an entire meal cooked over the camp fire in a Lodge Camp Oven (they have three little legs on bottom).  Heck, I even wrote a cook book on this art and will be happy to share it with you.  Anyway, happy camping!

Comment by Anneliese on August 29, 2011 at 8:10pm

I so agree with Sunni :)

 

Comment by Sunni on August 29, 2011 at 2:55pm
Glad to see that u are DISCOVERING yopur mind about camping....see Anne & I were right, it is fun :)

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