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Old 06-30-2007, 07:37 PM
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Down Time in Camp

The nice thing about car camping is the extra stuff you can bring to fill the day. What sorts of things do you do while camping when weight/space is not a concern?

My family all enjoys reading so books and more books are a necessity. However, and this might sound weird to some, I only allow so much reading time when we are out. Bringing the plant id book is a big thing and animal track id. We like to letterbox so finding any boxes in the area or carving stamps and making/planting them is a lot of fun.

Okay, your turn!

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Old 06-30-2007, 08:45 PM
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Dayhiking and canoeing are my two favorite car camping pursuits, closely followed by sitting around talking to relatives. (Nearly all my car camping trips are family gatherings of some sort).

However, for the real down time I always have to have a book. Usually I have about three.
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Old 06-30-2007, 09:46 PM
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Usually carry a few field guides with me whether backpacking or camping.
Can meander a ways from camp a while with these...
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Old 07-01-2007, 03:28 AM
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Current activities besides reading are gear testing, trout fishing and birding. My sig. other likes to camp in new places all the time so I take this as an opportunity to scout the area for trailheads and good backpacking trails. We also throw in cards and a backgammon game in case the weather turns bad on us and we have to spend more time in the tent than intended.

New activities I’m thinking about are leaf pressing and dutch oven cooking.
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Old 07-01-2007, 08:13 AM
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Just sitting around is my favorite part of car camping. You have no where to go and can just relax. Napping ranks highly too. One thing I loved about Scout car camping was playing football or throwing a Frisbee. Its really relaxing to just play catch and talk with someone.

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Old 07-01-2007, 09:00 AM
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Sometimes I bring a small kit for making quilt blocks. Reading ranks high on my list, along with hiking, fishing and eating!

I like to use car camping to try out new trail recipes and new stoves, in 'outdoor circumstances'.

Best of all though, is just sitting near the campfire, dreaming of and planning my next backpacking trip!

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Old 07-01-2007, 01:35 PM
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Napping ranks highly too.

I like this one best so far!
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Old 07-01-2007, 03:01 PM
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Ah-h-h-h, car camping...time to test out new gear, spend quality time with a good book in a hammock, check out the area, did I mention time to spend quality time in a hammock?
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Old 07-02-2007, 07:43 AM
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For us car camping is about biking rails to trails or trails where bikes are allowed. We also use the time to scout new locations for backpacking, locating trail heads, day hiking and waypointing camping spots on the GPS. Our trips involve very little "down time" unless you count the drive!
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Old 07-02-2007, 03:53 PM
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Fishing, photography, looking for animal sign during the day.

Sitting around a nice campfire with good friends, a flask of 12 yr. old scotch and smoking a fine cigar is not a bad way to end a day either.
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