Camping in the mountains of Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana: Love it. Camping anywhere east of the Mississippi River, or anywhere within 200 miles of the Gulf Coast: HATE it. Most of the rest of North America is meh, but there are lots of scattered nice spots where I would probably like it. However, having not had time to go camping since 1977, I am not prepared to name any, nor is it particularly likely that I will get a chance to do any camping in the future. Life can be like that. Try not to let your chances get destroyed over and over by what others want to do (or “need” for you to do for them) instead.
@werehatrack take it you aren’t a beach person ! Personally I love the pretty Gulf Coast beaches BUT only the pretty beaches where I can actually see clear ocean water. . I’m not a fan of brown sand and brown water at our local beaches ( thanks to the Mississippi River further to the east of us flowing into the ocean making our water yucky). Come to think if it, I’m not. a fan of the many years recently we’ve now had hurricanes, trooocal storms, hit our area . That part of living along the Gulf Coast area where we live is terrible for sure!
@Tadlem43 Nope, don’t wanna break anything. I wouldn’t be riding a one wheel in any case. But you have to admit that the trip flying through rugged back country Idaho canyons looked like fun. The jet boat on the Salmon river would have just been icing on the cake.
I love camping pretty much anywhere worth visiting until the temperatures reach about 85F or higher; at that point it’s tough to get comfortable.
I do have a compact misting fan (runs on Ryobi battery) that should work well in drier climates - haven’t had a chance to try it out yet.
If by “camping” you mean having a cabin with an indoor bathroom and all facilities and a kitchen(ette) and a bed, and possibly a hot tub for after a day of “hiking” (meaning wandering around looking at the pretty scenery, or perhaps looking at the nearby town’s shops), then I’m all in for camping.
If by “camping” you mean sleeping on the ground in a sleeping bag inside a tent and using a bush for the bathroom, then nope, uhn-uh, not going I’ll just stay in the hotel in town.
Love travel trailer camping these days (each summer) BUT that can have its difficulties. The one we rented this summer leaked so we had a waterfall inside the travel trailer! The owner drove in from Alabama to tarp the slide out roof but (we had a friend we met there last year who just so happens to be staying there again this year) help us retarp the roof as it still leaked ! Not the part of the vacation relaxation we were looking for but at least no more rain falling inside the trailer as the tropical depression came through last month.
in a nice BIG 5th wheel, with a full kitchen, nice bathroom with hot water, couch if I want to relax, queen size bed, nice camp site that is mostly flat, fire pit, and gas grill, yes, that was my camping gear for 8 years, did it quite a bit around the country, me, the wife and dog enjoyed it, then lost interest in doing it. we now airbnb it and enjoy that. must be something about getting old.
In a camper with a bathroom, lots of friends or family around the firepit, high enough in the mountains to not need AC, maybe near a lake, no snakes, I’m in. I’ve slept in a tent several times. Always had a rock under my sleeping bag, dirt and leaves on everything, always terrified of a snake in the ‘bathroom’, NO to this type of camping.
I like the idea of camping a lot more than actual camping.
Cooking breakfast outdoors in a clearing with tall trees surrounding your station wagon and airstream. With an enameled cup full of hot, percolated coffee wearing a flannel shirt, sporting a manly beard. Hatchet half buried in a tree stump.
Grew up as a kid family camping. As a younger adult I worked for outward bound and similar programs in several countries doing camping for a living. Then I ran college outdoor programs. Helped fight a forest fire in NC once as part of that too. Would not want to do that for a living. Then I changed careers. Was really fun, I got to camp in 8 countries counting the USA which was so cool, although doesn’t pay much (which is why I switched). Most of the time I really enjoyed it.
Saw a number of places where the Sound of Music was filmed including hiking the mountains surrounding the lake that was the home of the family (it is actually a hotel), saw the field the opening scene was filmed… The water on that lake is beyond freezing. I am positive they must have had part wet suits under those clothes. That is likely why they didn’t immediately dump the boat over either. We’d come down the mountain and catch the electric boat down the lake. It would dock there at the hotel.