After visiting The Montreal Hunting and Fishing Show at Place Bonaventure with my husband et al., I couldn’t wait to go camping again this year.
Most of the time people think of flying to get away, but have you ever thought of just packing up the car with a tent, sleeping bags, some emergency equipment, food, and hitting the road for a weekend away? What a feeling! You’re away from home, alone with nature in absolute seclusion, but not too far in case of an emergency back home; the best of both worlds.
For people who haven’t thought of it, or haven’t tried it, I can tell you that camping and RVing have become industry leaders in this niche market for summer vacations along with hunting and fishing. There are RV parks and camping sites across most parts of North America, stretching all down the east coast and New England. Camping is the best fast getaway close to home. This is the perfect time to get connected with nature and serenity, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There’s nothing more serene than staring up at the night’s sky, the stars and moon shining down on you.
A few years ago my husband and I were invited by some friends to join them camping for our very first time. They were hardcore campers, and we were more or less uneasy about it at first. All we had were two sleeping bags and a two person’s tent. The idea of sleeping outside with nature, my fear of wild animals and bugs scared me to death. UGGH!! I thought to myself, “why would I leave my comfy king size bed with the pillow top mattress to sleep outside for two days on the ground in a sleeping bag, with no running water, no heat, and eating food from a stick I broke off from the forest just minutes before?”
I did NOT like this plan! My husband really wanted to try it so we did. We joined our friends Friday evening up at Voyageur Campgrounds, part of Ontario Parks.
We ate campfire roasted marshmallows, made smores, cooked dinner over the fire pit, and laughed all through the night just connecting with friends and connecting with nature.
After that weekend, we never looked back. We are now huge camping fanatics, and now other friends and family join us to get the experience. We have over the years managed to accumulate more camping gear than we had ever thought we would have, from a full kitchen set with a Coleman stove to our collection of tarps and coolers. Every year we visit the same site in Ontario, but this season we hope to explore some sites a bit further into the USA. We are thinking about camping in Up-State New York or New Jersey I think we’re up for that challenge! Check out the Ontario parks link, and maybe you’ll get the BUG! Just remember to pack some repellant!