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Old 10-19-2007, 08:26 PM
 
Location: west coast
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Nothing beats cooking over a wood fire on a metal grate in the mountain wilderness, washing your pots in a pristine stream, and feeling cool breezes tickle your collar. As nightfall descends, listening to the lonely cackle of excited coyotes in the distance while you stare at the blazing red embers and twigs snapping fiercely in your fire pit. Curling woodsmoke and glowing warmth are your close allies under a stark and inky sky jeweled with the endless shimmer of faraway stars like diamond chips poured onto a glorious splash of black velvet, quietly winking their witness to your freedom. Flames and visions and sweet gales bring you out of madness to settle your mind in ways you half expected you might never imagine again...yet somehow there you are by some quaint touch of fate, hidden in the midst of nature's sweet tapestry: alive, vibrant, and beckoning from the very heart of the universe to sing a special magic to the depths of your soul.
You leave the mountains but the mountains never leave you.
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:53 PM
 
Location: California
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You said it, I love camping in the mountians. Thanks
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Old 10-19-2007, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Georgia.I rather be in GODS country Tennessee.Everybody knows Gods a VOLS fan.
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Nothing beats cooking over a wood fire on a metal grate in the mountain wilderness, washing your pots in a pristine stream, and feeling cool breezes tickle your collar. As nightfall descends, listening to the lonely cackle of excited coyotes in the distance while you stare at the blazing red embers and twigs snapping fiercely in your fire pit. Curling woodsmoke and glowing warmth are your close allies under a stark and inky sky jeweled with the endless shimmer of faraway stars like diamond chips poured onto a glorious splash of black velvet, quietly winking their witness to your freedom. Flames and visions and sweet gales bring you out of madness to settle your mind in ways you half expected you might never imagine again...yet somehow there you are by some quaint touch of fate, hidden in the midst of nature's sweet tapestry: alive, vibrant, and beckoning from the very heart of the universe to sing a special magic to the depths of your soul.
You leave the mountains but the mountains never leave you.
Nice read.I use to go camping all the time and I really miss the one on one with nature.I have now gone from roughing it to Luxury cabins.

You can't beat the mountains and nature.IMO
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Old 10-19-2007, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Pikeville, Ky.
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Excellent post, Nilsson. If you are ever in East Ky. you are welcome to camp in my mountains..There is one in front, in the back, and both sides I believe you could possibly see a bear, plenty deer, and possibly a bobcat or two and an elk.
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Old 10-19-2007, 09:46 PM
 
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I can do that in the backyard in Anchorage! LOL. No bobcats, but moose and bear.
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Old 10-22-2007, 02:58 AM
 
Location: on an island
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My favorite part of camping was the cooking outdoors. There was so much preparation: hiking up, picking the spot, pitching the tent, setting everything up--but then, for awhile, you had your own little corner of the woods.
I loved cooking dinner over the little stove. Maybe some red wine, too.
Breakfast was the best. I never slept very well when we camped, and I really looked forward to the coffee.

One Memorial Day weekend we went camping up near Steamboat Springs in the Rockies and got snowed on the first night. We sat in the Strawberry Hot Springs while the flakes fell around us.
The next day, we were out there fishing and it was warm enough for me and my friend to wear our bikini tops. My then-boyfriend-now-husband and his buddy caught 8 trout.
What a breakfast that was. There is no meal in the world as tasty as fresh-caught fish cooked outside, shared with good friends.

We always packed everything out--left the place as pristine as we found it.
These days, the only "camping" we do is bringing chairs and coolers to the beach--and the occasional beach bonfire.
But we have some mighty good memories. Thanks, nilssson.
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Old 10-22-2007, 04:13 AM
 
Location: California
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My favorite part of camping was the cooking outdoors. There was so much preparation: hiking up, picking the spot, pitching the tent, setting everything up--but then, for awhile, you had your own little corner of the woods.
I loved cooking dinner over the little stove. Maybe some red wine, too.
Breakfast was the best. I never slept very well when we camped, and I really looked forward to the coffee.

One Memorial Day weekend we went camping up near Steamboat Springs in the Rockies and got snowed on the first night. We sat in the Strawberry Hot Springs while the flakes fell around us.
The next day, we were out there fishing and it was warm enough for me and my friend to wear our bikini tops. My then-boyfriend-now-husband and his buddy caught 8 trout.
What a breakfast that was. There is no meal in the world as tasty as fresh-caught fish cooked outside, shared with good friends.

We always packed everything out--left the place as pristine as we found it.
These days, the only "camping" we do is bringing chairs and coolers to the beach--and the occasional beach bonfire.
But we have some mighty good memories. Thanks, nilssson.
Breakfast and coffee are my favorites when camping, I don't even eat breakfast at home and I sleep like a log when I camp
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Old 10-22-2007, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Sheffield, England
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To be honest the "lonely cackle of excited coyotes" is the last thing I'd want to hear, especially at night.

I enjoy mountain camping just so long as I don't have to get up close and personal with any large, carnivorous wildlife and there's a nice lake or river for me to bathe in. I can't stand going for more than a day or two without a good wash (yes, I'm a wuss ).
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Old 10-22-2007, 07:50 AM
 
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I love camping in the mountains, but sadly has been awhile. Used to hike Estes Park and hiked in to remote campsite overnite. No car camping there! No stoves, radios, TVs or other amenities. Just a bunsen burner, small water filter, oatmeal and coffee and my sleeping bag! No other experience like waking up half buried in snow! Then a "sponge bath" in the freezing stream! Miss those days! Last big hike in the mountains of Utah. Stayed in luxury hotel instead of camping.
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Old 10-22-2007, 08:24 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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You leave the mountains but the mountains never leave you.
AMEN! Boy can I relate to that statement! I LOVE the mountains of N.C.!!!!
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