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Posted on: 10/11/18

You know, once you identify a place to have these kinds of camping trips, where part of the trip is to scout and try out the various possibilities, campgrounds never have quite the same cachet.S.

Slapping bugs, stiff bones from sleeping on bumpy ground, misty breath in the early morning air - all part of the adventure, but there the car is, handy for a quick retreat if the weather is too rotten or the neighbors are really too loud.

Now, if you're ok with camping outside designated grounds, most National Forests allow this in the U.

Once you've found a good spot, you can return again and again, so it's worth investing the time to find the place.  Run the river and camp along the way.

My favorite way to get to remote places is to canoe camp.  You've carved out your own little niche (figuratively speaking, of course), and if you take good care in how you use it, the spot will remain your own private camping ground.  Pack out your garbage, don't have fires if they're prohibited, and so on. Just leave the site like it was when you found it.  Drive the other car, loaded with gear and the canoe to the put-in.

.  Park one car at the pull-out.

People camp for a variety of reasons, but surely one of the main ones is to commune with nature.  I'm fine with what I call 'car camping.  I can still have plenty of stuff with me, and it's a lot less work than backpacking.  You're up close and personal with more strangers than you ever would be back at home.  To others, camping is about roughing it?.  That's not always the easiest feeling to get in a campground with a couple hundred other families.  Use forest service maps, and locating the good spot becomes part of the adventure.  That's the nature of campgrounds, but there are some ways to increase your chances of solitude. packing the minimum of gear into a backpack, hiking for miles and sleeping under the stars.  To have this method work and be safely accomplished clearly requires some planning, good maps, and probably a bit of pre-event scouting. In addition to  being the right thing to do, leaving the place unmarked by your passage means that other people might not notice it, and it'll be there for you next time. They also generally don't take reservations, so it's part of the adventure to show up and see how it goes.

Camping - a term that has many meanings.  Again, part of the adventure.

First, if you do want to stay in actual campgrounds and to have your car handy, your best bet is to stay in the more primitive grounds.

I like it somewhere in between those extremes.

Another way is to shuttle for a river run, which requires at least one companion. And it's about those neighbors that I yearn sometimes for more of a get-away.

Sometimes, you can simply paddle across a lake to the shore opposite the area's designated campground.  Then you can still car-camp, but really have your own space.  You can canoe camp a couple of ways, depending on the water conditions.  To some, that means driving the RV to a park, hooking up to the electrical pantyhose machine outlet and turning on the TV.  The ones with no electricity and with outhouses instead of bath-houses are usually less populated for obvious reasons.' That is, pack as much stuff as the car can hold, drive to a pretty campground, pitch a tent, and cook on an open fire


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