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PostPosted: 10 Nov 2017, 13:11 

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It's so great that so many campers are here! Virtually none of the people I know offline go camping. We invite people to go, and nobody ever takes us up on it. I really don't get it. Camping is like a reset for your brain and body. It's good for you!

We had another trip planned for later this month, but we cancelled it. We were going to camp at Cumberland Island National Seashore, where wild horses run on the pristine beaches. You have to take a ferry over to the island, but hurricane Irma was nice enough to wipe out their dock.

We are currently planning our Christmas trip to the Okefenokee Swamp. We are thinking about camping for four nights, and getting permits to spend two of the nights remote camping in the swamp. Water levels are decent, so we're thinking about paddling 9 miles into the swamp on Christmas Eve, and spending the night at Floyd's Island: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Okefe ... 82.3331791 It will be our first trip to the swamp since the West Mims fire earlier this year, which burnt 152,000 acres.

Our next day trip paddle is going to be Ebenezer Creek, a blackwater tributary of the Savannah River. It is a tragic place. In December of 1864, 600 freed slaves followed union troops as they pushed their way from Atlanta to Savannah. Confederate troops were on their tail. Union soldiers built a bridge over the creek, and crossed it. The freed slaves, without supplies and seen as a nuisance, were told they would be able to cross after any confederate troops on the other side were neutralized. The bridge was ordered to be cut before the freed slaves could cross, trapping 600 freed slaves between cold water and advancing confederate troops. The freed slaves had to choose water or death. It turned out that they didn't have a choice. Most died in the water. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebenezer_Creek


By the way, we regularly camp among 10,000+ alligators. We have been surrounded on all sides, and below, by dozens of them at once. We have (accidentally) pushed off of them with our paddles. Never once have we felt threatened by them. We do have bears around here, but I've never seen one.


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PostPosted: 10 Nov 2017, 16:15 
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Does a Destination trailer in a campground count?

AC, Cable, Internet......you know, roughing it. :LOL2:



Plus ice cream has to be available at the campground store. LOL.

......and a pizza place nearby that delivers :P :lol:

Actually just sold our pop up camper and been looking hard at the Kodiak Canvas Tent. Close to pulling the trigger but wish I could see one in person to see actual usable room versus the 10 x 14 dimensions. Wonder how slanted the walls are, etc. Back to tents for us so I can pull the tin without putting it on the roof as some videos in the trailer section have shown. 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Camping
PostPosted: 10 Nov 2017, 17:17 

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My preference is backpacking, although I’ve only been once since my daughter was born, and I’m a bit out of shape for mountains + meaningful pack weight.

My favorite spot is Dolly Sods wilderness in WV. In the summer, it’s still cool due to the high altitude. And the ground cover is primarily made of blue berries.

Lots of streams for water (although I don’t think much in the way of trout).

I’ve seen many a bear out there as well.


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PostPosted: 10 Nov 2017, 17:59 
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I lived in WV for 3 years. 2004-2007 and really got into backpacking.
so much to see up in the mountains vs in flat land Florida !!
I enjoyed Dolly Sods, Cranberry Glades, Cumberland Gap, TN and so many more.

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small cooking expedition up in the hills of Cumberland Gap, Tenn. (2006)

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I broke my left ankle pretty bad in 2007 so car or boat camping
is the only thing I can do now - but is still fun !!


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 Post subject: Re: Camping
PostPosted: 10 Nov 2017, 22:46 

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Johnny wrote:
I lived in WV for 3 years. 2004-2007 and really got into backpacking.
so much to see up in the mountains vs in flat land Florida !!
I enjoyed Dolly Sods, Cranberry Glades, Cumberland Gap, TN and so many more.

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small cooking expedition up in the hills of Cumberland Gap, Tenn. (2006)

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I broke my left ankle pretty bad in 2007 so car or boat camping
is the only thing I can do now - but is still fun !!


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I have an aunt and uncle who live near Cumberland Gap TN. It’s an extraordinary place.


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 Post subject: Re: Camping
PostPosted: 12 Nov 2017, 16:52 
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My wife and I still use a tent to camp...5/6 times a year.
We did it with the kids growing up as well but my youngest is 21 now , he still drops by with his tent(and girl friend) to crash us sometimes. Hopefully the tenting tradition will carry on, i think it will. I love cooking over an open fire, cast iron frying pan and hotdogs or marshmallows on a stick.
I don't even like typing this but thinking on getting a small trailer...18-22' for provincial parks...a hard rain isn't as fun as it was years ago....although it still is something to laugh about later on.
Beautiful pictures, we don't have anything like that up here.
Had to laugh at the getting cool enough to tent...probably in the 50's here now daytime, close to freezing at night. Our tenting normally ends in September.

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I see you are in Nova Scotia. We were in Halifax last month. Took a trip over to Peggy's Cove. Very beautiful place. We were only there for a day. This was part of cruise from Quebec City bouncing along south to New Jersey. We were a group of 10. Actually started the trip in Niagara Falls. Spent a couple of days driving up through Montreal and then to Quebec City were we boarded the cruise ship.



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PostPosted: 12 Nov 2017, 20:54 
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LDUBS wrote:
Zum wrote:
My wife and I still use a tent to camp...5/6 times a year.
We did it with the kids growing up as well but my youngest is 21 now , he still drops by with his tent(and girl friend) to crash us sometimes. Hopefully the tenting tradition will carry on, i think it will. I love cooking over an open fire, cast iron frying pan and hotdogs or marshmallows on a stick.
I don't even like typing this but thinking on getting a small trailer...18-22' for provincial parks...a hard rain isn't as fun as it was years ago....although it still is something to laugh about later on.
Beautiful pictures, we don't have anything like that up here.
Had to laugh at the getting cool enough to tent...probably in the 50's here now daytime, close to freezing at night. Our tenting normally ends in September.

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I see you are in Nova Scotia. We were in Halifax last month. Took a trip over to Peggy's Cove. Very beautiful place. We were only there for a day. This was part of cruise from Quebec City bouncing along south to New Jersey. We were a group of 10. Actually started the trip in Niagara Falls. Spent a couple of days driving up through Montreal and then to Quebec City were we boarded the cruise ship.
3 hours drive to Halifax for me, I'm southwest near Yarmouth. That CAT ferry goes from Portland to Yarmouth, a lot less people down this way.

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PostPosted: 12 Nov 2017, 21:09 
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LDUBS wrote:
Jim wrote:
Does a Destination trailer in a campground count?

AC, Cable, Internet......you know, roughing it. :LOL2:



Plus ice cream has to be available at the campground store. LOL.

......and a pizza place nearby that delivers :P :lol:

Actually just sold our pop up camper and been looking hard at the Kodiak Canvas Tent. Close to pulling the trigger but wish I could see one in person to see actual usable room versus the 10 x 14 dimensions. Wonder how slanted the walls are, etc. Back to tents for us so I can pull the tin without putting it on the roof as some videos in the trailer section have shown. 8)


Those canvas tents pack down huge and heavy. Like two people to move it huge. I had a Agnus big Kahona tent that was nylon and even it filled a huge duffle bag. Too big for the jeep Cherrokee. After that we went to two tents with the kids. Much better for us, the kids loved having their own place and easier to setup two small than one big one. If you want it to be more insulated and weather resistant then look at 4 season tents. I still have a Sierra designs dome tent from the 80's. Cry once and have it for life. The little REI two man tent I use is kinda flimsy but if I'm only bedding down for the night like on the lake it gets it done. It packs down to the size of the Sunday paper.

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PostPosted: 13 Nov 2017, 07:00 
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Those canvas tents pack down huge and heavy. Like two people to move it huge. I had a Agnus big Kahona tent that was nylon and even it filled a huge duffle bag. Too big for the jeep Cherrokee. After that we went to two tents with the kids. Much better for us, the kids loved having their own place and easier to setup two small than one big one. If you want it to be more insulated and weather resistant then look at 4 season tents. I still have a Sierra designs dome tent from the 80's. Cry once and have it for life. The little REI two man tent I use is kinda flimsy but if I'm only bedding down for the night like on the lake it gets it done. It packs down to the size of the Sunday paper.

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Getting older and want one to be able to stand in. Not looking foe a hike in tent. I know they're heavy but seen enough videos on the one I'm looking at and always set up by one person. Thanks for the tips though, I'll give it some thought and do some research on them.


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PostPosted: 13 Nov 2017, 10:20 
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as far as tents go - I used the Eureka!® Tetragon series.
Easy set up—two aluminum or fiberglass poles snap together and you’re done. Unique rain fly
creates an “overhang” at the doorway to keep the ground drier, and your tent cleaner when it rains.
Available in sizes from a one person ultralight to a 9'x9' family size.
all have a waterproof tub floor with welded seams. the rain fly is optional during dry weather,
leave it off at night for star gazing.

but of course, this opens the door for personal choices like the Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge controversy.
camping is supposed to be fun and sharing....... not like raccoons squabbling over a crawdad in a creek.
so to me, all are good for car or boat camping: REI, Kelty, Magellan, Coleman, etc.

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Great Thread! :beer:

I would love to go tent camping one day, I have done it in the past.



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PostPosted: 14 Nov 2017, 15:15 

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Even with a good air mattress, I have to say I don't really like sleeping on the ground in a small tent. We try to bring the biggest one we can... fold out cots... big pillows... tables... chairs... a heater... a fan...... that makes all the difference on a week long trip... the little comforts make for a much more enjoyable trip. With a little planning you can make one of those big 12 man tents into a virtual cabin...



Sometimes the little truck camper works best.... for RV campgrounds next to a lake.....

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PostPosted: 14 Nov 2017, 18:55 

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You guys have some nice tents and other places to sleep! I buy cheap tents, and use them until the issues add up.

Our main tent is a cheap Coleman tent that we picked up for ~$75 on sale. The quality isn't actually that bad. For car camping, the tent is great. It is 12x12, and has a door made out of bent poles. It has a nice awning, too. The selling point for me was that, as someone who is 6' tall, I can stand in the tent without stooping. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001RPH7JY/

Our other tent for when we are kayak camping is also a cheapo. I think it was about $40. It is small and fairly light (~5lbs), and is pretty much a fine-mesh screen shelter with a floor. It has a nice rainfly that covers the whole thing, although I wouldn't want to be stuck in the rain in this tent. Without the rainfly, you get a mostly unobstructed view of the stars. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003GC4WLC/


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PostPosted: 14 Nov 2017, 21:18 
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I do the same Mike...cheap tents, although hind sight maybe a better quality one would have been cheaper. The one we use now takes about 5 seconds to put up, pretty cool.
As far as air matresses, I hate them, would rather sleep on a blanket or pad....find my kidneys or back gets cold with an air mattress.

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Zum wrote:
I do the same Mike...cheap tents, although hind sight maybe a better quality one would have been cheaper. The one we use now takes about 5 seconds to put up, pretty cool.
As far as air matresses, I hate them, would rather sleep on a blanket or pad....find my kidneys or back gets cold with an air mattress.

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Same here. We have a relatively inexpensive 9 x 16 tent that has "taken a licking but keeps on ticking". I'm actually surprised it has lasted as long as it has even if we do only use if one or twice per year. But, for the air mattress, I'm at the opposite end of the spectrum. Ours is thick like a box springs & mattress. The pump cycles on/off during the night to maintain the firmness setting. It even pumps the air out when it is time to deflate the mattress. Of course, we need an electrical outlet to make all of that work.

I have a couple of propane stoves and I still use the old Coleman pump-up stove. Have to buy white gas for it. Also have one of the old Coleman pump-up lanterns. Both the stove and lantern are 40+ years old and still work great.

Uh, I kind of hate to admit this, but we take the Keurig coffee machine and a large supply of Peet's with us when we go camping. Haha.



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