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Old 11-09-2009, 08:52 PM
 
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I'm getting ready to go camping (popup) with someone I've not been with before. He's a real outdoorsy guy, and loves kayaking and hiking and all that, but he's a restless soul. He can't go much over an hour or so doing "nothing", and frankly I'm not far behind him in that respect.

In the summer I wouldn't even be asking, since we'd have plenty of daylight to do stuff. But now that it is getting dark so early, what do you folks do to keep yourselves busy for that 5 or 6 hours before hitting the sack? Obviously building a campfire is tops on the list, and I'll be making smores. Any other suggestions?
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:14 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I'm getting ready to go camping (popup) with someone I've not been with before. He's a real outdoorsy guy, and loves kayaking and hiking and all that, but he's a restless soul. He can't go much over an hour or so doing "nothing", and frankly I'm not far behind him in that respect.

In the summer I wouldn't even be asking, since we'd have plenty of daylight to do stuff. But now that it is getting dark so early, what do you folks do to keep yourselves busy for that 5 or 6 hours before hitting the sack? Obviously building a campfire is tops on the list, and I'll be making smores. Any other suggestions?


Sorry, just had to do it!
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Old 11-09-2009, 10:11 PM
 
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Now now...we can't spend ALL our time doing THAT!

Anyone else?
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Me too.


We always have a deck of cards in the camper.

Where are you going camping? In other words, what kind of weather do you expect?

We're night people, so we're used to doing the campfire thing after dark, even cooking over it. We'll easily spend 5-6 hours around the campfire. It takes a couple hours to get a perfect bed of coals, then another hour or two of cooking. After dinner you gotta build the fire back up for marshmallows, then you gotta sit and wait for the fire to burn out. Bring lots of wood.
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:49 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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hobo stew (cook in fire,) then puzzles. Bring a couple small ones, and give him one that is in the wrong box (picture doesn't match puzzle) . Good to rub off the sharp edges, UNLESS he's too competitive and would take offense .... you might want to save that for next time, could be a very cold night !

I also like wooden puzzles that can be made in different configurations (Soma cube)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soma_cube
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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If you have a telescope you could have some fun. Also, talking - you'll have plenty of time to get to know each other.
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Old 11-10-2009, 01:39 PM
 
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If you have a telescope you could have some fun. Also, talking - you'll have plenty of time to get to know each other.
We know each other plenty well.
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Old 11-10-2009, 01:44 PM
 
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Me too.


We always have a deck of cards in the camper.

Where are you going camping? In other words, what kind of weather do you expect?

We're night people, so we're used to doing the campfire thing after dark, even cooking over it. We'll easily spend 5-6 hours around the campfire. It takes a couple hours to get a perfect bed of coals, then another hour or two of cooking. After dinner you gotta build the fire back up for marshmallows, then you gotta sit and wait for the fire to burn out. Bring lots of wood.
We are going this weekend - temps in the low 50's so it should be nice. Sitting around the campfire for hours is great for others - I understand that. But he'll go stark raving mad if he has to sit there and watch the stars for hours. The puzzles might work...I think I'd get tired of cards though. Yes we'll have plenty of wood. Figuring out dinner for our first time, might just take up enough time that getting bored won't be an issue. We're keeping it simple....hot dogs and chips.
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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How about trying your hand at whittling - you'll have plenty of wood on hand. Just be careful not to cut yourselves though.
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Old 11-10-2009, 04:00 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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We always take the cards and dice plus some board games. A lot of the silly games we used to play with the kiddo when she was small and go with us. You'd be surprised at how much fun that kind of stuff can be. Then there is always meeting other people around the camp ground.

Now, did HE invite YOU? Maybe he has some stuff planned...



and if all else fails ( wink, wink)...
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