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July 11, 2011

Camping with the Silly Walks Gang

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Camping.  It is a word that produces mixed responses from people.  “Oh camping!  I LOVE camping!” or “Oh, camping, uh, no thanks,” are two typical responses.  I find myself in a place somewhere in between those two responses.  Let me explain.

My only camping experience as a child was with my family and our best-friend neighbors.  My mother considers “roughing it” to be staying at a hotel that doesn’t have room service, so it was an interesting experience.  I don’t remember a lot about it except that it ended early due to heavy rainfall one night and that my sister lost a doll’s arm in a near by creek.

My husband, on the other hand, practically grew up in the wilderness.  He was a Boy Scout for years (in the days when Boy Scouts really camped out) and a summer camp counselor when he was a teenager.  When we had been dating for a few years, he and some friends of ours wanted to go camping.  I agreed to go and was happy to spend the weekend with friends.  Thus began a tradition 20 years in the making.

With the exception of a few years here and there due to events such as the birth of children, since 1990 a group of great friends has gotten together for a camping trip.  The people available and the location of the camping have varied over the years but the one truth is this:  we have a great time enjoying each other’s company.  Our children range in age from 8 to 18 now, and our kids look forward to it as much as we do now.  For those of you on the “camping, no thanks” side, let me say that this isn’t normal camping.  With the exception of being outdoors, there isn’t much about our trip that is roughing it.

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Yes, we do sleep in tents – tents equipped with comfortable air mattresses, pillows, and blankets.

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Yes, we do cook over a fire – but we also use propane powered campstoves and grills.  This year’s big Saturday night dinner included 7 pounds of spicy beef brisket, grilled summer squash and zucchini (from my garden), tortellini salad, cheddar broccoli rice, baked beans with bacon, and strawberry-rhubarb compote for dessert.  During the day we munched on piccadillo (a Mexican dish) for lunch, homemade beef jerky, chips and salsa, trail mix and fresh cherries, to name a few of our snacks.  Oh and breakfast both mornings was quite delicious.  Blueberry pancakes and sausage on Saturday, egg sandwiches, bacon and cinnamon rolls on Sunday.

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Check out this set up.  We are prepared for rain, have plenty of comfy seats, and did I mention plenty of food?
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Yes, we do have to walk a bit to the restroom, but that’s really okay when you have a pretty sky like this to look at while you walk:

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On my many walks in this direction, I was able to see red squirrels and various birds during the day, and circling bats and even a raccoon in the evening.  No pictures of them, but I loved seeing them.

So, to return to my explanation on my position about camping.  Roughing it? Uh, no thanks.  Camping our style? I LOVE camping!

For those interested, this year’s camping trip was at Wompatuck State Park in Hingham, MA.  For those curious about my blog title, “Silly Walks Gang” is how this group of friends refers to itself and is the title of our group email.  We are all great fans of Monty Python, hence the name.

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20 Comments »

  1. Donny was never quite the same after he lost his arm.

    Comment by Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) — July 11, 2011 @ 8:47 pm | Reply

    • Yeah – his clothes never seemed to fit right after that! 😉

      Comment by Karma — July 12, 2011 @ 8:29 am | Reply

  2. Now that’s the way we like to camp. There is no reason the outdoors can’t be comfortable!!

    Comment by tedgriffith — July 12, 2011 @ 11:58 am | Reply

    • We pack an extraordinary amount of supplies in order to be comfortable, but it is worth it!

      Comment by Karma — July 12, 2011 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

  3. This is exactly MY idea of camping!!! I’d love to go, it looks great. Unfortunately this too would be roughing it in my husband’s book. Working on him though…

    Comment by Dawn — July 12, 2011 @ 1:19 pm | Reply

    • The lots of friends and lots of food part is most important! Suggest friends and menus to help work on hubby! 😉

      Comment by Karma — July 12, 2011 @ 3:43 pm | Reply

  4. If I went camping, this sounds like it would be pretty fun! I’m just starting to appreciate the outdoors – not ready to start sleeping outside, yet! 😉

    Comment by Photo By Holly — July 12, 2011 @ 2:42 pm | Reply

    • Not sleeping outside – sleeping in a tent, LOL! Gotta have the friends, food – and some alcohol doesn’t hurt either! 😉

      Comment by Karma — July 12, 2011 @ 3:44 pm | Reply

  5. Looks like a fun time! Is it for me? Uhhh…. nope. I prefer camping in a camper 🙂
    I do remember vacations as a kid, where we had a big tent, and one year (I think I was around 5?) we were in (the former) Yugoslavia and our tent flooded during the night, from the rain, and we got to go out to breakfast. It didn’t flood the entire tent, the sleeping parts were dry, but the rest of the tent was a bit soggy. When I was around 9 or 10, my parents bought a camper that you could attach a tent to (where the door is) and that was soo much nicer!

    Comment by thedailyclick — July 14, 2011 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

    • I think one of these years we may have to get to the “camper” type of camping if we continue this tradition. I can’t imagine still wanting to do all this work in another 20 years!

      Comment by Karma — July 17, 2011 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

  6. I recognized the title as coming from Monty Python right away. Made me want to go do a silly walk. lol!

    Your style of camping sounds like tons of fun. We used to do a similar type of camping years ago. I can’t remember why we got out of the habit/tradition of it. After reading your post and looking at your photos, I’m thinking I should get in touch with our friends and see if we can’t get that tradition started again. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — July 15, 2011 @ 11:32 am | Reply

    • It is a lot of fun, and a great tradition. I wonder what we’ll think of this tradition in another 20 years!

      Comment by Karma — July 17, 2011 @ 5:33 pm | Reply

  7. I loved camping as a kid but that’s when my mom did all of the work. I just can’t bring myself to do all that planning and gathering. What a great tradition you have with your friends, making great memories for your kids.

    Comment by Becky Sue — July 17, 2011 @ 9:08 am | Reply

    • It is definitely a LOT of work, but it is good to have help. Hubby is very helpful with all the packing and sharing the meals among the group makes things easier too.

      Comment by Karma — July 17, 2011 @ 5:36 pm | Reply

  8. […] over at my sister’s place!  It is about the darn tasty beef brisket hubby and I made for our camping trip.  Why don’t you pop over there and have a peek?  You can let me know what you think or ask […]

    Pingback by Hey, by the way… « Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog — July 20, 2011 @ 9:23 am | Reply

  9. Wow you cook better stuff camping than I do at home !

    Another Monty Python fan.

    “That parrot is not dead — it’s resting !”

    Comment by Sybil — July 20, 2011 @ 6:40 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Sybil!
      “He should be pushin’ up the daisies by now!”
      “no, no, he’s just pinin’ for the fiords!” LOL

      Comment by Karma — July 21, 2011 @ 9:21 am | Reply

  10. […] Another of my favorites of the summer season happens this weekend – the annual camping trip.  I know that camping is not for everyone, but you can read about what makes this tradition with my group of friends pretty great right here. […]

    Pingback by A Few Firsts of the Summer Season « Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog — July 10, 2012 @ 9:48 am | Reply

  11. […] home from our annual camping trip. This is a tradition 20+ years in the making which you can read about here if you are interested. I didn’t take any pictures this year on our trip to Tolland State Forest in Otis, Ma, except […]

    Pingback by State of My Year | Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog — July 29, 2013 @ 10:16 am | Reply

  12. […] that nearly catches me up to where we are now. The annual camping trip happened about a week ago, and we have plans to head down to the Cape for a couple days soon. […]

    Pingback by Six Photos, Six Days, Day 6 | Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog — July 21, 2015 @ 6:07 am | Reply


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