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Things To Do When You're Camping

Aug 21, 2008
Camping isn't something people typically do because they have to. It's supposed to be fun. It's a way to get away from the stresses of life and hang out with the family without the distractions of video games and television. In a way, camping itself is all the recreation you'll need.

The adventure starts as soon as you get to the campground. You've got to find a spot to setup your tent or camper. Then, if permitted, you can gather up firewood, and then later you can make s'mores and sig campfire songs. And for us city dwellers, just being able to see so many stars is kind of awe inspiring.

And the campground is only the beginning. State and national parks have a vast array of activities in store for you. Let's take hiking for example. I can't say I've ever camped at a park without hiking trails. And while hiking may sound boring if you've never done it, all I can say is you've got to give it a try. It gets in your blood.

Then consider that most popular camping destinations also have at least one lake in the park. Lakes offer a a ton of activities and can easily provide a full days worth of entertainment via swimming or fishing or boating..

You don't have to own a boat to enjoy getting out on the water and enjoying seeing lots of natural spots along the lake shore. A boat can usually be rented for reasonable rates and with a small amount of knowledge or training in how to use an outboard motor, you can be cruising along like an old pro in no time. And boating is a great sport to combine with fishing. The fun thing about fishing is even if you never get a bite, everybody has fun getting out there and trying. And when your young son or daughter catches their first fish on your camping trip, that squeal of delight will be one of those memories that you will be thinking about during your retirement years.

If you're still looking for more activities then take a trip to the visitor's center of the park. Most parks, especially national parks, are well staffed with park rangers who know the place like the back of their hand and tend to have some great suggestions for what to do. Plus, going around the visitor's center can be an adventure itself.

Make sure you don't leave the visitor's center without talking to the park rangers. Find out if they are doing any tours or nature walks soon and then find out how you can go along. It'll not only be fun for your kids but you'll probably find yourself having a good time as well.

If you go out camping, you'll likely be pretty impressed with just how much you can do and how economically you can do it. Don't bother bringing your TV or any video games. Trust me, everybody will have a better time without it (even if they think they won't).
About the Author
Gray Rollins is a featured writer for CampingEarth - the best site to learn camping information and great camping tips on the net. Check out his site to learn how to geocache and for camping recipes.
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