Do you like to camp?

United States
July 26, 2008 4:29pm CST
My answer to that is...NO WAY!!! I hate to camp. We went to a place called Indiana Beach a few weeks ago with my wife's family. She and I had a cabin with AC, a kitchen, bathroom, etc. My brother-in-law and his wife tented. It poured. I mean poured likee 2 inches and they were soaked. They ended up in our cabin around 6am. Later that morning, my wife and I were walking and so many people were scooping water from there tents, hanging up wet covers, etc. I told my wife that if that had been us, we would be home by now. There would not be any drying out and staying another night for me. So, for this guy...I hate camping. Give a me a hotel with sand and a pool and I'm good
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
27 Jul 08
Years ago as ann adult I had my first camping experience. My dad owned a lake and that lake was surrounded by hill and bluffs. I loved hiking those hills so when my birthday came around we decided to go camping. My dad took our gear up to the top of a bluff horseback and I and my kids walked up. I enjoyed this part. Never having been camping before I depended on Dad to tell us what to do. We sat watching cars on the highway and just looking around. It got dark very fast and we were setting out our bedding in the dark with just a fire to see by. We were sleeping under the stars with out tents. We cooked our supper then went to bed . Then the wind came up as it will on a bluff. I spent the whole night chasing blankets and putting out the embers from the fire that blew around. That was my only real camping experience and will be the only one.
• United States
27 Jul 08
Didn't sound too bad until you got to the part with the wind. I bet that was an adventure:)
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
28 Jul 08
Yes it was. every one was sleeping but me. it is not an adventure I want to repeat.
• United States
15 Aug 08
I would agree with that. No way that I would want any part of that trip once, let alone another time. LOL
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
27 Jul 08
i love camping! i respect you opinion. some might like camping but some also didn't. in camping i found it adventurous moment which is my like since i am a child. i am a mountaineers then, we always make camping at the top of the mountain. it felt satisfaction if i go out for camping than staying in a hotel although i like also to stay in a hotel but there big difference of the 2. i prefer to choose camping than in hotel. i respect your opinion about this. don't worry i understand you my friend.
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• United States
27 Jul 08
Agreed. I respect those who like camping, as well. I just know that some are not cut our for camping. I love to be outdoors. Just not camping:) I prefer hotels and you prefer camping. We can still be friends:)
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@ArchTech (45)
• Philippines
27 Jul 08
I like to go in camping....I enjoy adventures, I like to go in beautiful place as I appreciate natures & wonders in this world..
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• United States
27 Jul 08
I appreciate those things to. That is why I love beaches and always snorkel when I am at the beach. There is a whole nother world under the surface of the water.
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• Philippines
28 Jul 08
Well I want to go underwater too....which is a great to be experience too....
• United States
28 Jul 08
You will love it if you ever get the chance. The colors are amazing if you go somewhere good like the Carribean
• United States
27 Jul 08
When I was a kid I loved to camp. We lived in upstate ny and it was so lovely to camp there. Now we live in florida, and i am married with two children. You will not find me camping here, at least not before november and not after april. I have a husband who is a city boy, and camping would be an adventure to say the least. It is not on my list of things to do in the near future.
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• United States
27 Jul 08
Very funny. he sounds like my kind of guy. I would never camp if I lived in Florida. I would be at the beach every chance that I got:)
• United States
27 Jul 08
Well there are really big critter there too lol. We have a pool, it saves me alot of headaches.
• United States
27 Jul 08
Pools are wonderful. That is another thing that I did not mention. I hate swimming in lakes. I just won't do it. Oceans are great but I won't get in a lake:)
@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Jul 08
hi kbjunior15 no I do not like to camp, not in a tent not with crawling bugs and insects, or rains, or electric storms or hard ground with treeroots, I can camp if Ican stay in a cabin with no bugs, no insects, no rain dripping on me, no sleeping in sleeping bags on hard ground with tree roots digging into my back. I love the out doors but not sleeping in it, I love hiking in the forest, but no tents and no sleeping bags, no insects, no bears just prettyscenery and a babbling brook.
• United States
27 Jul 08
Hey Hatley. We sound like the same exact person. Your thoughts are my thougts exactly. I think by our list, though, we are too high maintenance for camping:) That IS totally fine with me...lol...a beach suits me just fine where I can sunbathe, snorkel, swim and walk a few hundred feet ot my hotel room overlooking the ocean. That is a vacation.
• United States
27 Jul 08
Suprisingly, it does look that way. When I started the post, I thought more people would be in favor of it. I thought that I would be in the minority.
@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
27 Jul 08
I have to agree with you,I can not stand going out somewhere camping,and I have only been camping once,and that was a disaster it was when I was in the boy scouts,and me, my mother,and my father,it was like January because it was really cold,and I do not know why we were camping in that weather,all I know is I woke up in the middle of the night and had to go to the bathroom,and when I came back in the tent,since I was half asleep apparently instead of getting in my sleeping bag,I got under it and was laying on the freezing ground,until my father woke up,because he heard me shivering,and he saw I was under my sleeping bag,when we got home from that trip,we never went camping again,and I do not plan on ever going again,and I agree with one hundred percent,give me a hotel with a nice pool,on a warm beach somewhere,and I will be happy and will not complain lol.
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• United States
27 Jul 08
You'll see no complaining from me if I have a warm beach and pool. Your camping experience seems miserable. What in the world were your parents thinking making you camp in January? LOL. That had to be freezing. Here's to thoughts of warm beaches with strong drinks:)
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• United States
27 Jul 08
Yeah it was miserable,and my parents did not want to go either,and my mom ended up going to the truck to sleep,it was the scout leaders fault,because he made us go camping,and it was totally freezing,have a great day,good luck in your life,and Happy Posting.
27 Jul 08
Camping is definately not for me,I always went to camp as a kid,and I hated it even then,so theres little chance that now im an adult that im going to like it any better.the whole thing is just a pain,using a portaloo,and washing in a sink,cleaning you teeth with a teaspoon of water,and trying to use the portaloo in the middle of the night so that no one hears you,believe me camping is just a form of punishment to me.
• United States
27 Jul 08
Well said, my friend. I have thought the same thing the few times that I did camp. "What in the world did I do to deserve being punished like this?" Going to the portalet in the middle of the night is the worst
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
27 Jul 08
I don't like tent camping but I do like camping with a camper. In the past, we had a popup camper, which was okay, but too close to tenpt camping. Later on we had a big fifth-wheel camper with all the amenities, and that was great. A lot of people wouldn't actually call it camping, but we like it.
• United States
27 Jul 08
That is my idea of camping...rv, beds,AC, bathrooms, kitchens, tv, etc. LOL. Probably not what most consider camping.
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@liuqian (476)
• China
27 Jul 08
I haven't camped yet.But i 'd like to.It must be great to see the stars in the dark sky and the sea winds blow over my face.This was just a surprise!^^Well,maybe next time you should prepare well.
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• United States
27 Jul 08
Yes, that those are some of the positives. However, I live in an area that I can see and feel that on my back porch, so I don't have to camp to see those things. I'm in the boat where I couldn't prepare enough for a camping trip. Call me spoiled.
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• United States
27 Jul 08
Well, I've never been camping, so I'd like to experience it atleast once. Stinks you had such a bad time. =[
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• United States
27 Jul 08
Yes, it did stink for me. It might not stink for everyone. Make sure you think ahead and take all the necessities and plan for all the bad things that could happen and you might be okay.
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• United States
27 Jul 08
Oh gosh, camping is definitely on my list of things not to do. Anywhere there are bugs and not a really toilet sounds like a horrible place to me! I'll like go and hang out with my friends for the day at a campsite, maybe chill by the fire for a few hours but then I am out of there!! LOL I think the best part would be the roasting marshmellows!
• United States
27 Jul 08
I'll do that, too. Hang out for a while, but definately not sleep overnight. I do agree. The only good thing about camping is making S'mores and roasting marshmallows. I love those.
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@longbangod (1791)
• Philippines
27 Jul 08
I tried camping once when I was still a kid and we really had so much fun. My kids are having their camping soon and they are very much excited. I knew a lot who really enjoy camping though it really depends to each individual. Since there are also disadvantages like what you mentioned, many people also don't like camping.
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• United States
27 Jul 08
Well, start them off young and give them good camping experiences so that they don't dislike it. I guess if they start young and like it, then they will stand a chance:)
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@gemini_rose (16194)
26 Jul 08
I absolutely detest camping, it all started in school when my Mum very kindly volunteered me for a weeks camping experience with school. All the popular girls went and they spent the whole week making mine and my friends life a misery with their ways. It rained the whole time, I had sheep and bugs in my tent, I was covered constantly in mud, chased by a bull and I had to climb rocks. I was so glad when it was over and thought I would never have to do anything like that again. WRONG. I started work and was on an apprenticeship with a big company, after about 2 weeks of being there we found out we were to go on a team building experience, yep you guessed it, camping, or outward bounds as they described it. And I had to go. Again, I spent the whole week being picked on by all the girls who bullied me that bad I had a panic attack, I again had to rock climb and do things I was petrified of doing and when I did not the girls would come at me saying I was letting the team down and made a meal out of it. I never suffered panic attacks but that week I had three. I had my revenge though, when I got back the part of the company I was working in decided to employ me full time and I was the first out of them all to get a full time job HA. Just a shame it did not come a week earlier!
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• United States
26 Jul 08
We're two peas in a pod. My hate of camping came from and early age, too. I went to church camp. Although we were in cabins, we may as well have been in tents. The cabins leaked, they smelled and they had bugs. The showers were nasty and so was the food. From then on, the thought of camping was a negative one for me. Congrats on making it through and getting that full time job
@snowy22315 (52926)
• United States
26 Jul 08
I love to camp. We ahvent done it this year becasue I dont know what to do with the dog and he is not a good camper. Alos, we are getting kind of old to sleep on the ground. I prefer camping in a cabin. We went last labor day and thought cabin camping was the way to go.
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• United States
26 Jul 08
That is precisely my idea. I tell everyone that my idea of camping is a nice, luxurious RV or a cabin that has all the amenities. Even then, I would still refer to spend my money elsewhere and go to a beach and the ocean:)
@crazy286 (269)
• India
27 Jul 08
yup. camping when you dont have any other facilities and no body to help you is truely not advisable. you need to take all the things required before you even plan to go out camping.
• United States
27 Jul 08
There are way too many thing to take with you that it is not worth it:) Beaches are great. Camping is not:)
• France
27 Jul 08
what a big bunch of softie's ha ha, camping is fun, well when you've got small kids, and its cheaper
• United States
27 Jul 08
Yea, when their small its cheaper. The older they get the more expensive it get. Everything.!HA HA! The more you have to take camping.
@walkthetalk (1307)
• United States
27 Jul 08
I'm with you on that one. I us to like it, when I was a lot younger, and my kids were a lot younger. Its just a lot of work. If I want to work I'll go to my job where they'll give me a check. My daughter is always asking when are we going camping again.? I just put her off. When every thing is set up, My husbands job is done. I work the whole trip ! GIVE ME A HOTEL WITH SAND AND A POOL AND I'M GOOD ! ;-)
• United States
27 Jul 08
Yeah, we work 5 days a week! No need to go camping and do more work. I agree with you. Give me a hotel where I can walk the beaches and then hop into the pool and I am good. Hey, I might consider camping if it were on the beach:)
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• United States
27 Jul 08
Not me. I want to go back up to that comfy motel. I don't want to ever want to stay in a tent again. The last time was with girl scouts. My daughter and I were earning a badge, It was about 45 deg. outside. I'm done. Thank You anyways.
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• United States
27 Jul 08
An earn that badge you did...LOL. That is one reason that I will not put my kids in scouts. I know that I will have to camp:)
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@zeny_zion (1284)
• Philippines
14 Aug 08
i havent experienced it yet. but i wanna try it sometime. in our country i never heard of camping place but if theres ill invite my family to do it.
• United States
15 Aug 08
Where do you live that they do not have camping places? If they don't, you can still camp in the outdoors somewhere. Not me, though, I hate it.
• United States
27 Jul 08
i have never been camping, apart of me is a little afraid because of all the horror movies i watch that are about a group of people camping, but all in all i think i would go if it were with a bunch of my family members.
• United States
27 Jul 08
Good point. It seems like all the horror movies are about people out camping. However, they are very predictable. You could watch them, take notes and know what to do if a killer was after you... --Don't go swimming in the lake after dark. --Don't pick up a hitchhiker --Don't go to the bathroom by yourself or shower by yourself. --Never say "I'll be right back" --Always carry extra batteries LOL
@trixyteddy (1072)
• India
27 Jul 08
Minus the rain and insects, then camping is fine. Or else give me the comfort of my home or likewise.
• United States
27 Jul 08
When is it camping without rain and insects? Don't those two go hand in hand wiht camping? LOL
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
27 Jul 08
Tent camping....no way!! I do love to camp though. I camp in our travel trailer. It has a bathroom with shower, kitchen with oven, stove, microwave, AC and heat, we bring tv's with us too. Some people say this isn't real camping, but it is as close as I am going to get.
• United States
27 Jul 08
That is my idea of camping and that is real camping. If I could have all of those things in a camping trip it might not be so bad