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Old 08-31-2007, 07:38 AM
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tpeterson1959 tpeterson1959 is offline
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I Paint

I took up watercolor painting. I've actually gotten to where I take my kit with me backpacking, too. I carry a block of watercolor postcards, four containers for water, five small tubes of paint, a small pallet and a roll with my brushes, a pencil and a rapidograph pen.

Over the years I've gotten better (to the point where I felt I could take an extension class at the local community college and not embarass myself too much). I usually paint landscapes. The best part is unlike photographs, I have a single really intense memory of where I was camping.
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Old 02-22-2008, 08:55 PM
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I like to bring the GPS and find any local geocaches. i try to car camp by a stream where I can do some fly fishing.
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Old 02-26-2008, 09:38 AM
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I haven't been car camping in years but drinking heavily was usually the main activity.
Fishing, wiffle ball, and horseshoes also.
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:25 PM
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I am mostly using car camping as a way to acclimate my wife to the outdoors. It is the springboard that will hopefully lead to an overnighter on the trail. That being said it is nice to be able to fish out of a full tackle box and have my choice of several rods.
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Old 03-05-2008, 04:38 PM
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Definitely lots of reading and sketching.

But my favorite downtime activity when camping with others is Scrabble. In fact, I sometimes take my little travel version with me backpacking.

I don't begrudge the weight of the game, but I hate having to carry the word list!
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Old 03-06-2008, 03:44 PM
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We like to play games, read, and sit in big and comfy camp chairs. Stuff you don't generally carry on a backpacking trip!
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Old 03-28-2008, 09:56 PM
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I like the nap thing but I've been known to take that on a backpacking trip too. One thing that we always have with us and use if a suitable spot is found is Horseshoes. And oh yeah FISHING!!!!
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Old 04-05-2008, 10:24 AM
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If I am backpacking, my afternoon downtime activities depend on how rough or long the day was. If I am tired, I read and write. If not, I hacky sack. I usually bring three hacky sacks with me to juggle, hacky, etc. I have gotten pretty good at both over the years. I recently received the Granite Gear trail toy hackey sack (the stuff ball) so I don't need to carry extra weight.

oh, and if I am on a solo, I usually take a rubik's cube. I took one on a trip to Ecuador and solved it on the last day of the expedition. Since then I have become addicted. It is fun to sit down and work one through. I find that at the end of a day I am physically tired but my mind is still racing. The cube cures that quickly.

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Old 05-12-2010, 05:58 PM
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This thread brings back a lot of good memories.

We always brought SCABBLE and a deck of cards along on camping trips, and marshmallows to roast by the fire.
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Old 05-16-2010, 02:53 PM
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AlanBaljeu AlanBaljeu is offline
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Hmm, I think hiking is an outstanding downtime activity, when car camping. Swimming if it's too hot. If the weather is bad, card playing. Of course none of this requires the extra space of a car, but having a picnic table is nice for cards.
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