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With Memorial Day weekend coming up, what are your all time favorite camping foods?

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

With Memorial Day weekend coming up, what are your all time favorite camping foods?

We haven't been camping in a long time, which is a shame. I'd love to go again...need to get a much bigger tent though, or tents.

We never did anything really fancy when camping, just good basics that heat up well on a campfire. My favorite was always breakfast and never had to be anything fancier than bacon and eggs!

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I am not a camper.

Camping to me is staying in a motel instead of a hotel.

Food must be at a restaurant.

Smile

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haha I'm with Laurie. I do not camp. I've been in a campground in an RV and that was enough.

It's pretty much my one "high maintenance" thing. I sleep in a bed inside.

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Too funny. We are going camping Memorial Day weekend. This will be our first time going camping with the girls. We will be close enough to home that we can go back home if it does not work out. They are very excited about it though. DH and I went camping for our first anniversary and had a wonderful time.

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I used to go camping a lot when I was younger, mostly out of necessity. When we would go on trips to places like Yellowstone the hotels are very expensive and we couldn't afford it, so we would camp instead. We didn't ever get very creative on the food though, it was generally hot dogs or whatever else we could cook easily on a grill, or cold sandwiches. I know everyone usually says that you have to have Smores whenever you camp out but I never really liked them.

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I am a Girl Guide leader (and coming from a larger family) so I do lots of camping, both in cabins (in the winter) and tents.

All-time favourite camp food: CHIPMUNKS!!!

OK, now that I have scared you all, to make Chipmunks to take a brownie and slice in half horizontally, if iced flip icing part to middle, in the middle of the sliced brownie put in chocolate mints (I use Andies but not sure if you guys have that brand), wrap in foil and place in coals to warm up. Messy but soooo very good.

When we first take a group of girls out camping and tell them we are making chipmunks we make a big production of having to make traps to catch chipmunks and we blind fold them before their first taste :devil:

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Tin foil dinners - put veggies, protein of some kind & spices, wrap in tin foil and put on the coals. YUM!

Also love this recipe - Banana S'mores Recipe | Quick Dish Recipes

I like to bring chili that's already made for the first night and just heat it up. that way dinner is extremely quick while we set up camp.

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"tink9702" wrote:

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Tin foil dinners - put veggies, protein of some kind & spices, wrap in tin foil and put on the coals. YUM!

Also love this recipe - Banana S'mores Recipe | Quick Dish Recipes

I like to bring chili that's already made for the first night and just heat it up. that way dinner is extremely quick while we set up camp.

Great ideas!

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It's our long weekend in Canada this weekend. DH is already on his way with the trailer and I'll get the kids in a couple hours once I'm done packing. Ugh. We do the usual - smokies, burgers, chicken, salads etc. This weekend our friends are deep frying a turkey and I have to do broccoli with cheese sauce for that meal. We also do s'mores for the kids, and I'm doing roasted hot wings, bacon wrapped shrimp and mozzarella sticks (all gf since I can't have anything 'normal' anymore). Lots of veggies, watermelon, gotta have sunflower seeds (I love them), popsicles, etc.

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This, or something similar, is usually my first night dinner, it can heat up on the fire while we finish setting up camp.
Tofu and Eggplant Hobo Bundles Recipe | MyRecipes.com

Another favorite dinner, I make this with Tofurkey Italian Sausages. I don't have a Dutch oven, I just make it in a pot on the camp stove.
Sausage and Bean Dutch-Oven Stew Recipe | MyRecipes.com

The BEST camping breakfast EVER!
Pinnacles Scramble Recipe | MyRecipes.com

I love this method of making S'mores. I use milk chocolate instead of dark.
The Ultimate S'more Recipe | MyRecipes.com

Other breakfast foods are cream cheese & bagels, or instant oatmeal packets with fresh fruit. And I discovered, quite by accident, that combining a packet of multigrain pancake mix and a packet of cornbread mix makes a really wonderful breakfast, it's like a thick, sweet, corn-flavored pancake that doesn't need butter or syrup, although my kids do usually still want those things, LOL!

Other favorite dinners are grilled cheese sandwiches with grilled Smart Dogs (DH hates this so he usually take a can of soup if I'm planning this one), French Onion soup with grilled bread, grilled veggies stuffed into baked potatoes, falafel warmed in foil packets and served with hummus, pita, and Greek salad.

Lunch is my least-favorite meal while camping because we usually go hiking or do something else away from camp so it needs to be something packable, but also something that doesn't require much refrigeration. I usually do nice sandwiches the first day, pasta salad the next, and PB&J if we stay a third day. Three nights, four days of camping is pretty much my limit. After that, I want a real bed and a restaurant.

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Those banana s'mores look so good. We don't camp either because my snobbish husband only does hotels Wink Actually, we camped with my whole family for 3 days before we got married (destination wedding at Mission Bay) and he HATED it. He said "only crazy white people sleep in tents on the ground...you will not catch black people doing this" LOL We tried again when my first daughter was about a year old...we were in Mexico, beachfront, sleeping in a tent right next to my parents RV. The wind and rain were so strong the first night that the soaking wet tent was literally laying on top of us as we laid in bed (wind forced it down that much). I thought it was a fun adventure and he thought he had found hell on earth. We haven't been in a tent since!

I am so sad that my girls won't know anything about camping! (unless I can get someone else to take them!)

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Tin foil dinners - put veggies, protein of some kind & spices, wrap in tin foil and put on the coals. YUM!

Also love this recipe - Banana S'mores Recipe | Quick Dish Recipes

I like to bring chili that's already made for the first night and just heat it up. that way dinner is extremely quick while we set up camp.

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Tin foil dinners for sure!!! My ultimate favourite. Lots of versions of those and they can be premade in big lots, so there's less to worry about once at the campground.

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"SID081108" wrote:

Those banana s'mores look so good. We don't camp either because my snobbish husband only does hotels Wink Actually, we camped with my whole family for 3 days before we got married (destination wedding at Mission Bay) and he HATED it. He said "only crazy white people sleep in tents on the ground...you will not catch black people doing this" LOL We tried again when my first daughter was about a year old...we were in Mexico, beachfront, sleeping in a tent right next to my parents RV. The wind and rain were so strong the first night that the soaking wet tent was literally laying on top of us as we laid in bed (wind forced it down that much). I thought it was a fun adventure and he thought he had found hell on earth. We haven't been in a tent since!

I am so sad that my girls won't know anything about camping! (unless I can get someone else to take them!)

Too funny. Could you not take the kids by yourself?

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Yeah, take them by yourself! I've done it twice, and would do it again if the circumstances were right. Once when DH had a last-minute schedule change and Tiven was so disappointed so I decided to take her anyway. We were just over the bridge on Mt. Tam so I knew if it was too much trouble, we could just come home. And last year DH was being an *** so we left him home and did a two-night trip to the Russian River without him. We had a different tent and it was a PITA to put up myself. Some people in the next campsite noticed me struggling & came over to help but I was almost done by that point. If I was doing it again, I'd just ask right off. Maybe you can go somewhere he can be in a motel nearby and still do activities with you during the day?

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Potatoes, onions, mushrooms, steak, and baby carrots wrapped in tinfoil with steak spices and butter. Cooked in the coals. Yum.

We are heading out later today.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

Too funny. Could you not take the kids by yourself?

I'm scared to sleep in my own house without DH! And we have an alarm! LOL I have a very active imagination Wink

I also don't think he would really let us go by ourselves, anyway, he's super protective and would think we would get kidnapped or eaten by wildlife. ha

I think I"m just going to have to coerce him to go sometime, for the good of the kids Biggrin

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"SID081108" wrote:

I'm scared to sleep in my own house without DH! And we have an alarm! LOL I have a very active imagination Wink

I also don't think he would really let us go by ourselves, anyway, he's super protective and would think we would get kidnapped or eaten by wildlife. ha

I think I"m just going to have to coerce him to go sometime, for the good of the kids Biggrin

Well I feel the same way about camping, and you could not coerce me to go. I support your husband 100%. Smile

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I am a Guide leader and I don't camp. We do lots of damper, smores (and one of the girls bought chocolate marshmallows in last week mmmm we now have decided we need to try smores with those). Other than that baked potatoes are pretty easy as well

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I love to camp...in an RV. My friends tease that I don't actually "camp", but if there are s'mores it counts, right?;) My favorite camping foods are the traditional kind: grilled hot dogs, s'mores and such. This last time our family friend made a traditional South African dish over the coals. He has a neat cast iron tool (almost like a waffle press, only for cooking on coals) and he and his wife made these fantastic grilled sandwiches filled with meats, carrots, peas, curry and a mystery sauce.

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Sorry, Athena, but "camping" requires a tent. Otherwise it's "campering." I'm OK with air mattresses and gas stoves and real chairs, but it's not camping unless there's a tent. Or no tent, under the stars, my DH would add.

We've made s'mores at home with the technique I posted above. They aren't just for camping anymore! Blum 3

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We had smores just tonight. Fire in the backyard (fire pit). I am to the point that I will not do camping without either a grassy surface or an air mattress. I just remember this is the girls second time camping! How could forget the first??? We only brought one air mattress thinking the girls could sleep in a sleeping bag. Yeah, that did not work. We ended up with the 5 of us on one air mattress. This time I am buying a second air mattress for sure.

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"Spacers" wrote:

Sorry, Athena, but "camping" requires a tent. Otherwise it's "campering." I'm OK with air mattresses and gas stoves and real chairs, but it's not camping unless there's a tent. Or no tent, under the stars, my DH would add.

We've made s'mores at home with the technique I posted above. They aren't just for camping anymore! Blum 3

I'm perfectly ok with it just being "campering". We can look at the stars and enjoy nature and then crawl into our comfy bedroom at the day's end. I've "camp" camped before with the whole tent and everything, but it's just not my deal.

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Sweet potatoes in the coals are my fave. Mmmm.

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I love camping and the food depends on what we are doing.

I love fresh caught fish and potatoes cooked in foil.

I am also a big fan of MRE style meals if I am back-packing. But seriously, no woman moves out to Montana in her 20s unless she is pretty psyched to solo camp. I had a Great Pyrenese with me when I "solo" camped so I don't know if that counts as i was all of 115 lbs and Mojo was 140 and fur covered, protective and had a jaw full of teeth ready to defend me.

I am really curious about y'all who don't like to camp. I like it less than I did before. I am older, and now protective of my kids so I don't camp like I used to. But I love laying on the ground after a long walk. I love breathing in the fresh air. It's nice if it's a little cold at night. I feel a little more alive the next day. It's kinda hard but fun.

Is it that you didn't do it as a kid or a young adult, so now it feels like you are just giving up comfort?

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Our only summer vacations were camping. I have camped all over Ontario and a few places in Upper NY State - mostly the Palmyra area... I have done mostly tents but I have done sleeping around the campfire and I have slept in an igloo. I have tented in the snow (not by choice, it was not a lot of snow but there was snow). My sister camped (in tents) while up to 8 months pregnant.

My dad and step-mom did a canoe camping trip in their 60's - they had to cut their own portages, there were no other humans around. They did it twice - 10 days each time. I was working so I did not go with them.

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As a kid we did lots of camping/canoe trips/hikes where you were in the middle of nowhere for 5-10 days and you only had what you could carry on your back.

I think I was 16 when we started regularly staying in campgrounds and using the car rather than hiking to the middle of nowhere. The first time I went somewhere with my DH (then boyfriend) and his parents, I laughed when they told me we would be roughing it because the RV would not have power hook up.

I love most food cooked on the campfire and there is a special place in my heart for roasting marshmallows. S'mores are always good too.

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Bannock! How did I forget bannock?

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"mom2robbie" wrote:

I have slept in an igloo. I have tented in the snow (not by choice, it was not a lot of snow but there was snow). My sister camped (in tents) while up to 8 months pregnant.

How interesting. I have always wanted to see an igloo. I did go camping when I was 7 months pg with Alyssa, but ended up coming back home early.

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"bunnyfufu" wrote:

I am really curious about y'all who don't like to camp. I like it less than I did before. I am older, and now protective of my kids so I don't camp like I used to. But I love laying on the ground after a long walk. I love breathing in the fresh air. It's nice if it's a little cold at night. I feel a little more alive the next day. It's kinda hard but fun.

Is it that you didn't do it as a kid or a young adult, so now it feels like you are just giving up comfort?

I don't like being away from "civilization". I don't like lying on the ground. I don't like being cold at night. I don't like being around bugs. I don't like being away from bathrooms and coffee makers and creature comforts. I am not an outdoorsy girl. I don't like feeling isolated...it scares me like those movies about dangers in the woods.

Basically I am a city wimp. I didn't end up in NYC randomly. Smile I am one of those people who never feels that "I have to get away from the city" urge. My idea vacation is in another city like Paris or Amsterdam.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

How interesting. I have always wanted to see an igloo.

It was actually a quincy which looks like an igloo but made differently. You make a huge pile of snow and let it sit for several hours to a day, you then start digging out the snow until you are left with a hollow shell. I slept about 5 hours in it and was quite warm.

The secret to camping in the winter or a cold night is blankets and such BELOW you to protect you from the cold earth. Also changing out of everything ie new socks, new underwear, new pants, etc The only time I have really wimped out when camping it was raining, water was coming into my tent and I had a cast on my one leg. I left my tent and slept in the car.

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We love camping and I love camping food. I am with everyone on the tinfoil meals, I put all our meals together before we go and then put each meal in separate bags, makes it all so easy.
I also make up big patches of potato salad, fruit salad, and green salad to add to each meal.
We bought a travel trailer last year and I do have to say I dont miss tent camping.

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Camping in the rain with a cast is hardcore camping.

To be honest, I'm not a big fan of camping. I grew up near mom2robbie and the nature there is gorgeous, best in the world. But I hated camping as a kid and a Girl Guide, mostly because I hate public toilets and campground toilets are the worst. It was better when I was old enough to drink. LOL.
Even now I wouldn't say to my friends "hey let's all go camping!" But I know that it's a skill I want my kids to have. I hope my kids never need wildnerness survival skills but I'll give them to them just in case. And to my hopeless city boy husband, who thinks camping means renting a beachside cabin.

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We always have spaghetti for a dinner, cause it is easy to cook noodles and heat sauce. And when it was adult only camping that sauce had a decent dose of red wine to it. Smile And for breakfast I like trail mix pancakes with syrup. These are odd traditions that come from camping in the bush with friends when I was in university.

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"blather" wrote:

Camping in the rain with a cast is hardcore camping.

To be honest, I'm not a big fan of camping. I grew up near mom2robbie and the nature there is gorgeous, best in the world. But I hated camping as a kid and a Girl Guide, mostly because I hate public toilets and campground toilets are the worst. It was better when I was old enough to drink. LOL.

LOL, never thought camping with a cast was hard core... I was 12 so had no choice but to go with my family.

Funny thing is that I have done little camping since moving to Alberta, most of my camping has been done in Southern/Central Ontario. Camping May 2-4 weekend (Victoria Day holiday for the Americans) I have camped at Algonquin Park a bunch of time, that is where it snowed on me! Spiked hot chocolate helped.

Does anyone add stuff to their campfires to get coloured flames?

Calcium red flame
Copper green flame
Sodium orange flame
Lithium pink flame
Lead blue flame
Potassium purple flame
Barium light green flame

white sugar will give little sparkles

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My dad is a chemist so we used to always throw things into the fire at home but we never did it while camping. Of course I can only remember two camping trips with him so maybe I've just forgotten that part. But it sure was fun at home, and I've done it with my own kids, too! And flour explodes. Poof! :shock: That's always a fun one for my kids.

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"Spacers" wrote:

And flour explodes. Poof! :shock: That's always a fun one for my kids.

I forgot that one, so does coffee mate.

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Oh goodness. We LOVE camping, I cook with the dutch oven in the campfire a lot.. Some of our faves are huge oven type pancakes, and Breakfast casseroles for breakfast in the oven. I also wrap up a whole chicken and put it in the middle of the fire after seasoning.. YUMMO. We have cooked everything from seafood and steaks to hotdogs and smores. For Dessert there are some easy recipes for dump cake. We do bring a propane stove too, that I have used for hamburgers and heating water for oatmeal in the am.. and heats water fast for coffee or washing dishes..

When we go camping we often go for a whole week.

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Did not know about the colored flames! I'll definitely want to try that.

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We weren't a camping family so it may be partly why I don't camp. As I said, we did the RV/campground thing twice and I still wasn't a fan. I want a bed and AC in the summer and creature comforts...when I was kid that meant color tv with cable, a game room and a pool.

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We just buy a few packs of Fantasy Fire - all that copper oxide and stuff makes the fire turn green, blue and purple. It's non toxic.

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This thread makes me want to go camping now Lol . The only times we've done tent camping was twice when the boys were in Cub Scouts. We luckily didn't have to worry about any of the food, since the Pack provided that. I always love s'mores while camping.

I'm going to have to see if there are some places to camp with the boys this summer, since we're not doing any other trips this summer.

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This thread is having the opposite effect on me. Smile lol

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"Spacers" wrote:

Sorry, Athena, but "camping" requires a tent. Otherwise it's "campering." I'm OK with air mattresses and gas stoves and real chairs, but it's not camping unless there's a tent. Or no tent, under the stars, my DH would add.

We've made s'mores at home with the technique I posted above. They aren't just for camping anymore! Blum 3

Oh, I disagree! LOL It's all camping....it's just that some means are more comfortable than others.

Camping - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Camping may involve the use of a tent, caravan, motorhome, cabin, a primitive structure, or no shelter at all."

When I was growing up we started out tent camping...literally from the time I was a baby. Probably when I was 6 or so, my parents bought one of those pop up trailers, that are like half-tent, half-camper. Then later they bought a small camper, and every few years they replaced it with a bigger one. By the time I was an adult they had a diesel truck and a huge 5th wheel, which they still camp in regularly late into their 60's.

I do agree that there's something about tent camping that is a different experience and I do want my kids to have that experience sometime. But I prefer to do my tent camping next to my parents RV where I can use a toilet and shower that is not a nasty public one with bugs. Wink

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Yeah i don't really get the thing about who owns the word camping. I used to kind of be all about the 'tenting is camping' thing...but as I've gotten older, i really don't care.

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We just got a new 3 bedroom tent for this summer. I think it will be a lot of fun and should last us for years to come.

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We've been debating whether to get a larger tent or not. We have a four-person tent which is just fine for the four of us, and DH has a single-person tent that he takes backpacking sometimes. Last summer we took a friend of Tiven's camping and DH slept in the single tent and I slept in the larger tent with the kids. But it would be nice to have some parental privacy!

I'm starting to freak myself out about our July camping plans. We'll be in "bear country" in a developed campground but the reservation website warned that we will need to lock up everything scented at night in the bear locker or the car. I've read yelp reviews that say things like, "We saw a mama & baby bear in the meadow the last morning we were there," and "When they say put everything in the bear locker, they mean it, but we did get some great pictures of Smoky noshing on the bagels." :shock: Thankfully there are no reviews that mention a companion being eaten by a bear. Here's my dilemma: I have a teeny tiny bladder. It doesn't matter how much I don't drink, or whether I pee right before going to bed, I always have to pee at least once in the middle of night. (I was actually surprised during my first pregnancy to hear women complain about needing to get up to pee; I thought it was normal.) Our campsite is close to the restroom but now I'm getting freaked about running into a bear during a pee-run. DH, who goes backpacking in bear country, says there's nothing to worry about, just shine a light all around before heading out and carry a bell. Sounds easy enough but I actually had a dream last night where I got onto the elevator at work and there was a bear in it. I just acted like it was totally normal for a bear to be in the elevator, asked him (or her?) what floor they needed in case they couldn't push the button with their big paws. I pushed the second floor and got off and took the stairs the rest of the way. And I only have two more months until that trip, LOL! Blum 3

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I am sure you will do great!

We already have a 4 person tent, but we have outgrown it. I think this will be a lot bigger than we need, but I would rather bigger than smaller. I also am excited to have 3 rooms Smile

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I love this thread and the food ideas in it.

We are campers. We used to tent camp, but for the last three years my dh has been refurb'ing a 1969 Airstream. It is a beast of a thing-- 29 feet long. But it gives us creature comforts that are helpful when camping with five kidlets. It was a wreck when we bought it, but he gutted it and rebuilt it from the floor up and now it is awesome.

We have reservations for 6 nights in Yellowstone at the end of June and I'm really looking forward to it. This will be our first trip with five.....and I'm excited about how much the kids love camping.

It is always exhausting and dirty and trying, but so worth it IMO. We like hotels, too, but the Colorado in us likes to be out in the wild. And with our kids, it is much more affordable than hotels for big trips.

And Spacers, we totally hear you on the bear things. It has hubby freaked out, too. LOL.

We have the luxury of things like a stove and a refrigerator and a sink, but I pre-make many of our meals and eat simply while we are camping.

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"Spacers" wrote:

We've been debating whether to get a larger tent or not. We have a four-person tent which is just fine for the four of us, and DH has a single-person tent that he takes backpacking sometimes. Last summer we took a friend of Tiven's camping and DH slept in the single tent and I slept in the larger tent with the kids. But it would be nice to have some parental privacy!

I'm starting to freak myself out about our July camping plans. We'll be in "bear country" in a developed campground but the reservation website warned that we will need to lock up everything scented at night in the bear locker or the car. I've read yelp reviews that say things like, "We saw a mama & baby bear in the meadow the last morning we were there," and "When they say put everything in the bear locker, they mean it, but we did get some great pictures of Smoky noshing on the bagels." :shock: Thankfully there are no reviews that mention a companion being eaten by a bear. Here's my dilemma: I have a teeny tiny bladder. It doesn't matter how much I don't drink, or whether I pee right before going to bed, I always have to pee at least once in the middle of night. (I was actually surprised during my first pregnancy to hear women complain about needing to get up to pee; I thought it was normal.) Our campsite is close to the restroom but now I'm getting freaked about running into a bear during a pee-run. DH, who goes backpacking in bear country, says there's nothing to worry about, just shine a light all around before heading out and carry a bell. Sounds easy enough but I actually had a dream last night where I got onto the elevator at work and there was a bear in it. I just acted like it was totally normal for a bear to be in the elevator, asked him (or her?) what floor they needed in case they couldn't push the button with their big paws. I pushed the second floor and got off and took the stairs the rest of the way. And I only have two more months until that trip, LOL! Blum 3

What kind of bears? We went to a campground that had a lot of warnings about bears. While we were sitting around the campfire a mama and two cubs walked across the campground road behind us and up to the picnic table of the next site.

Then later in the evening we put the kids to bed in the tent and Seamus and I went to the bathroom, left our friends by the fire and kids. We came out of the bathroom and our friend was standing there saying "The bear came back"....it was a different bear but one came right up to our campsite and started rummaging through one of our bins. We had not put anything away yet because we hadn't called it a night! We came back and seamus had to scare it away....it ran off, with our plastic bin. But left it at the bottom of the hill when he realized he only got the coffee, paper towels and dish soap..among other non tasty things.

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