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Saying goodbye to summer...

Discussion in 'Other Camping' started by Northern Dancer, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. Northern Dancer

    Northern Dancer Survivalist

    The days seemed long and endless didn't they;
    crashing into the setting sun and re-awaking in the early
    hours to generate summer sounds and
    hearten the ventures of the day.
    The water was silky soft and clear and clean and
    afforded hours of canoeing,
    paddle surfing, boating, and swimming, diving
    and just laying on the beach and basking in the sun.
    The campfires burned bright; the laughter
    was wholesome and the friendships were warm;
    the lightning storms arrested our attention as they
    crackled above us and the
    tiny raindrops could be heard tapping a summer tune.
    The food was grand and scrumptious and even those
    simple hamburgers and hot dogs roasted over
    the open fire tasted sooo...good. Those full moons and blistering days
    of full sun with temperatures that made the turtles sleep
    and people sweat. We walked around in shorts and flip flops
    with tees tucked in our pants. We burned our noses
    and our faces along with our knees and toes.
    We enjoyed the bands, the impromptu gatherings,
    the reverberation of life.

    Summer...so hard...to say goodbye.


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    Last edited: Sep 17, 2014
  2. Sweetkymom

    Sweetkymom Newbie

    I'm actually glad summer time is over...well almost. All the biting bugs and monstorious heat has kept my family up quite a bit since I have an infant and two kids allergic to alot of different things related to outside. Now that its getting cooler, we all can enjoy the outside a bit more.
     
  3. campforums

    campforums Founder Staff Member

    Great poem @Northern Dancer, I could really picture the scene you were conveying and almost taste the barbecue.

    That is true that summer comes along with but bites, sun burns and allergies but it is not like winter doesn't have it's own share of misfortunes. For example, I find my skin becomes very dry during the winter and I start to feel restless from spending so much time indoors.
     
  4. Northern Dancer

    Northern Dancer Survivalist

    Restlessness - now that's a descriptive word. I can identify with that. So...my answer this year is to get out more rather than sitting beside an open fireplace reading journals and dreaming of next summer. Our first winter camp out is scheduled for the end of January. Other than that I've vowed to use my snowshoes that I haven't used since I got a pair from the Yukon Mad Tapper a number of moons back.

    I do forget that our Babblers are from all over the world and that summer means different things. Our summers in this neck of the woods are to be enjoyed - they are simply to short. :(
     
  5. campforums

    campforums Founder Staff Member

    Have you considered taking a camping trip somewhere when winter hits? You seem to be one of the most devoted people to the camping lifestyle that I have ever come across. I can imagine that winters must be tough for you ;)
     
  6. campforums

    campforums Founder Staff Member

    Also since you would be bringing along your own tent I can't imagine it would be too expensive like it would be for a more luxurious vacation at a resort or hotel or something.
     
  7. Northern Dancer

    Northern Dancer Survivalist

    I can say that I have experienced one fierce storm a few years back. And it was fierce. We stayed in the tent and listened intently to the howling of the wind and the slam of the snow against the roof and walls for a whole day and night. I was in the Bala area and we were snowed in for two extra days. There was no way we could get out because the road was snowed in and was not a priority on the plow man's list.

    We plan trips well so that we have a safe place to park the van and we take our equipment in by toboggan. The trip is logged in that people know where we are and friends now have phones and the like should we need them. Two extra days are added [with food and fuel provision] should the weather prevent us from getting out. If we are over two days the gendarmes come looking for us - knowing were are. [That hasn't happened yet.]

    I'm into hot tent camping and pack a stove that keeps us more than warm. That, with proper clothing and winter condition sleeping bag keeps me warm as toast. When I go with a small group the equipment is divided to save weight.

    No - I haven't done any ice fishing - fishing hasn't been one of those activities I ever got excited about.
     
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2014
  8. Northern Dancer

    Northern Dancer Survivalist

    This is true...:thumbsup:
     
  9. campforums

    campforums Founder Staff Member

    Sounds like you are convinced :p
     
  10. Northern Dancer

    Northern Dancer Survivalist

    Indeed!
     
  11. Northern Dancer

    Northern Dancer Survivalist

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    I hope that your summer
    was as good as mine;
    and that next year it will even be better.
    :)
    For those who missed it because life got in the way,
    my heart goes out to you.
    :(

     
  12. campforums

    campforums Founder Staff Member

    Indeed, it is downright cold this weekend. Time to take out the air conditioners and start wearing sweaters.
     
  13. Northern Dancer

    Northern Dancer Survivalist

    _________________________________________________________________ :thumbsup:

    BUT...I have a winter camp coming up AND [I know that you will believe this.] I'm already planning for 2016 [GW]. I didn't like the seats on my picnic table so I've changed them, sewed a weather panel to my kitchen shelter, put a crest on my sign, flag, and hiking pants. And I'm looking at some new camp furniture designs that I can accomplish this...this....it's really hard to say, this...OKAY...RETNIW (WINTER)! :)
     
  14. We won't camp again until we head south during my kiddos spring break. There is snow in Michigan and my husband doesn't feel comfortable pulling a camper on potentially icy roads. We just went for the last time this season and I cleaned out all of the stuff that can't freeze and any foods and spices so we don't get little critters. Next week we will winterize and blow out all the tanks to prevent freezing. It's a sad, sad time!
     
  15. Northern Dancer

    Northern Dancer Survivalist

    I camp every opportunity I can - next weekend is no exception. I'll be out with our Venture Group for the weekend and will only be taking the Hooligan tent as I'm only out for a couple of nights.

     
  16. Northern Dancer

    Northern Dancer Survivalist

    images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT5t7dp5WtGJozpN5twmgqNQB3tnF9HUhtcHxEQCW-_M1bS22eacQ.jpg

    The Hooligan Tent - enough for my Allagash cot and winter sleeping bag,


    images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWZZqWqa47Y6v1eKiwywMvwnT8tu0pyf8tO1DrpZpCFLHZlIchQA.jpg ...and this is my Allagash Cot.
     
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