Do you want to hear a secret about campers?
We’re not so different from non-campers.
But there are a few big differences that will tell you why we camp.
It Ain’t The Bugs
It seems that camping is a polarizing activity. Either you get it or you don’t.
Since I grew up as one of you folks who thinks “roughing it” is staying in a Holiday Inn, I thought I’d try to explain why we campers love it so much.
No, it ain’t the bugs. We hate them too. In fact, I’m very attractive to mosquitos and get a severe reaction to no-see-um bites.
And we don’t like dirt any more than non-campers.
Nope, it isn’t fun to cut vegetables with the wind blowing hair into your face.
And even with as much padding as I carry, there’s no discomfort like the feeling of a hipbone against the hard, hard ground. (I don’t know how you skinny folks do it at all.)
So why do we camp?
The Good Stuff
Camping gets us access to the good stuff.
Magnificent sunsets right outside the tent flap. Bird calls over breakfast. Empty beaches.
Yes, you can get some of those things glamping. Or if you have a helicopter to take you to your private island.
But if you aren’t rich, camping gives you access to tremendous beauty without spending lots of money.
And some of the inconveniences non-campers worry about? They don’t exist.
More Comfy Than You Think
This morning I took a hot shower in a bathroom that looked nicer than the one in my house I just sold.
Yep, it had tile floors, a strong shower spray, and plenty of hooks and shelves for my clothes, towel, and shampoo.
We’re staying in Janes Island State Park in Crisfield, Maryland. And they know how to take care of their campers.
Sure, I had to walk to the bathhouse this morning—past bunnies, singing birds, and a tiny frog. So you could enjoy nature on your way to the bathroom.
Or pretend you live in a really, really, big house.
All About Dogs
But this is a dog blog. And I have to tell you that the best reason to camp is for dogs.
For about $30 a night, I get to sleep in a place that doesn’t tell me I have to add a $50 per night fee because I brought my dog.
Oh, and only if she’s under 25 pounds. Because dogs over 25 pounds aren’t allowed at all.
Honey gets to doze outside, which she loves. She’s gotten to meet other dogs and puppies in the camp grounds. And she’s allowed in the rental kayaks and canoes.
After all, what can a dog hurt in a plastic canoe? You just rinse it out when you’re done.
And yesterday, she got to roam a pristine beach, off-leash for as long as she wanted to.
Does Camping Sound So Bad
So non-campers. Maybe camping isn’t your thing. That’s ok.
But do you understand better why we love it so much?
Or are you curious enough to at least try the full-service cabins with air conditioning and fireplaces?
Because this place is too beautiful not to share.
Win a Kurgo Surf ‘N Turf Life Jacket
Doesn’t Honey look cute in her Kurgo Surf ‘N Turf life jacket?
Even more importantly, she’s safe.
If you’re going to the beach, swimming in a local stream, or visiting your aunt with the pool, your pup needs a life jacket too.
Click the picture of Honey and enter using the giveaway tool at the bottom of the page.
Your Turn: Does the idea of sharing fun activities with your dog get you more interested in a place? Or do you have everything you need and love the most right at home?