It’s that time of year again, where people who love the outdoors and nature decide to go camping. I’m actually thinking about going this weekend to get away from the stress of daily life. Of course, as you all know. I will have my camera and gear with me. I may even take my tripod and set it up in a place where there might be high wildlife traffic. It’s also going to be a holiday weekend, so who knows what may appear or what I might find in the country.
When I say camping, I do not mean I’m going to take a huge tent and put a bed in it. I will be simple, because that is the best way to go. The more you take, the more you have to keep up with. The more you pack in, the more you pack out. These are just things I start with.
- I take a tent, still too wild for a camper. There’s nothing like being in touch with nature to make you feel so relaxed. A blanket or sleeping bag for the night in case it gets cool. For those of you who cannot sleep on the ground, maybe a camper or eggshell mat would do you good. I know not everyone is as avid with the outdoors as I am.
- Take a cooler. You have to have something cold to drink and a way to keep your food cold while you are there. Even out in a campsite, they have places that sell ice. For those of you who have never tried, a creek keeps your drinks cold, if it is cool enough. Trust me, this time of year it is not cool enough. https://amzn.to/2Mb0On8
- Depending on how long you are going to be there, I would suggest a few changes of clothes (not many, just enough). You do not want to carry your whole suitcase with you. Some campgrounds have showers, others do not. Those that do not, there is always a creek nearby, I hope. You wouldn’t want to camp anywhere that did not have some form of running water. When bringing bathing necessities, I would suggest environmentally friendly soap and shampoo. https://amzn.to/2K5l8DB
- For me, my camera and gear is a necessity. I will not go anywhere without it and plan to do a lot of hiking. I will have to get a waterproof bag to put my equipment in, but no big deal because kayaking is just as fun. You can get some great pictures on the water as well. Then after kayaking and hiking, you have the nice water to cool off in.
- Bring plenty of drinking water. You can bring cold drinks or something else too, just make sure you have the water because it helps. You do not want to get dehydrated while you’re out in the sun all day. https://amzn.to/2W2eRQi
- Bringing cold drinks or something else too, just make sure you have the water because it helps. That could lead to going to the hospital and you do not want to ruin your weekend. Especially if you have big plans like I do.
- Now we will move on to sunscreen and insect repellent. You do not want to burn and be miserable for days when you get back. The insect repellent keeps the bugs at bay and for both of these items, I suggest you apply it liberally and very often.
Try to find a spot close to water
It may not be possible, but you always want to tr to find a place close to the water. The sound at night, along with the crickets and frogs, is so soothing. It can lull you to sleep easily or just be a place of practical wonder because you have the privilege to hear the sounds’ nature has to offer.
That is just as good as taking my photographs. The advantage of being close to the water is you can also make sure your campfire is completely out before you head home. That’s one thing you want to make sure of because the next time you go you want it to be there just as you left it and not in a destructive nature.
Keep your camp fire ring small. There’s not any need for bonfires because when you get up the next morning, you just add some small wood and get it going again. Then you can add more until you have it just. You will only be cooking or telling stories by the fire anyway, while listening to nature.
Pack out what you bring in
You want to make sure that you take out whatever you bring in. Do not leave your trash lying around. I find it useful to bring a garbage bag(just in case), so everything can be picked up and you can take it with you. When you get a chance, you can throw it away. Not only will everyone, including myself, thank you, but mother nature will too. You always have to have respect for nature so everyone can enjoy it. I do not want to go to a place that looks like a dump because someone else was careless and I’m sure no one else does either.
You have to have respect for the outdoors, and as an elder, mother nature will respect you as much as you respect her. You have to be respectful in order to get it in return. Like I said, the less you take in, the less you bring out.
When I go camping, it’s usually just for a few days at a time. There have been several instances, where I have hiked weeks at a time or have been in the back country for weeks at a time. This is where I get my mind right, my soul straight, and have seen some of the most wonderful views and scenery that nature has to offer. Not one person would ever know they exist without having the experience of it.
It is absolutely the best way to return yourself back to normal, if there’s such a thing these days, and get away from all of the technological confusion. So this weekend, it will just be for a few days, so food ideas can be anything. You just want to make sure you carry light. So here are my recommendations:
- Sandwich meat and bread.
- Hotdogs, bologna, or ham, whichever that you like.
- We carry a big pot so 1 day you can have a stew, however everyone likes it. I can give you some recipes on that later. https://amzn.to/2Ezs5cq
- You can also make up some meat grillers. Those are just meat, whatever you like, with vegetables. You put them by the fire and when they are finished cooking, you open them and eat right out of the aluminum foil.
- There will not be anywhere to get something to eat, usually, but bring what you like. Only make sure you bring enough for however many days you plan to stay.
- I will revisit on camping in longer stays at a later date, because I spent 14 days in the Grand Canyon, AZ, and I think that is a story that would interest everyone. If you camp locally for longer stays, I have recipes and tricks for those too\
- The most important thing is not to forget the smore’s. That’s one of the best camping desserts to have after a long day,to just chill and relax by the campfire.
Respect Mother Nature
Always remember, when you take care of mother nature, she will take care of and provide for you. There is no reason to be destructive to her or anyone else around you. There have been a lot of places that are no longer available to visit because of this. I’m just a peace, love, and happiness kind of woman, that holds the upmost respect for the world we live in and mother nature. I wish everyone else did the same, because everyone would be so much happier.
My life is so much better with, my hikes, walks, swims, and of course, my photography and I can not wait until I get back to show you more pictures. But of course I’m not leaving until Friday night or Saturday morning because of my job. The one thing I can tell you for sure is, it’s gonna be a blast.
I cannot wait to give you guys some pictures to look at when I get back. I’ll be here until Friday or Saturday, so until then I will leave you with something nice to look at even though I know the pictures I will take will be completely different. Imagination is the key. Passion and drive is what keeps us going to succeed.
I welcome any and all comments and feel free to e-mail me anytime. Just remember this weekend (after Friday or Saturday), I will not be available again until Monday, so I will back with any questions, comments, concerns, or discussions on Monday.
I hope you all have a great holiday weekend!