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    One of our quieter members, Gregg44, did a perfect job describing how I feel about camping. He said something along the lines that he worked really hard so his family would never have to live out of doors or in a tent, and he just didn't get the appeal of them playing at being homeless on vacation.
    I have never spent a single night in a tent and if all goes well, I never will.
    That said, I love the idea of silence and darkness, seeing only a million stars and hearing crickets or night peepers. But I don't quite love it enough to forego indoor plumbing.

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    Camping with small kids sucks and I only did it once. Once they grew up did some with a group of friends for a weekend at a time. 12 years ago bought the used RV with all the conveniences except the refrigerator quit working so we use coolers.

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    Gregís comments mirror my late fatherís. He always said Ďi camped out for a year and a half when i was in the army. That was enough.í When i was younger i enjoyed camping. I havent done it in probably 20 years but hiking a sizable section of the Pacific Crest Trail is something iíve been contemplating for a while now, which would obviously involve camping out again.

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    My camping comfort level has improved hugely the past couple of years - I have switched from sleeping bag/pad/tent or fly to a real camping/expedition hammock, with fly, underquilt for the hammock, and a sleeping "bag" without a bottom (basically a fancy quilt).

    Sleeping in the hammock is more comfortable than sleeping in my nice bed at home. The underquilt keeps you from freezing - it hangs *under* the hammock, insultating the bottom of the hammock nicely. The fly can go up if you are expecting rain or heavy winds.

    The hammock I use is this:

    https://www.warbonnetoutdoors.com/pr...c-and-add-ons/

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    Bae, I am now questioning your sanity)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacher Terry View Post
    Bae, I am now questioning your sanity)
    Well, when they send us out for wilderness searches, we are supposed to be equipped to be self-supporting for 3 days, and I'll be darned if I'm going to sleep on the cold cold hard ground :-) And my setup, stripped down a bit, is pretty light weight and takes little space in the pack. It's also great if you have a patient and need to keep them warm and sheltered.

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    Actually, I really admire the work you do. You also seem like a much kinder person since your wife left. I know it’s painful but I cannot help but wonder if you are happier. No need to answer that. Just a gut feeling.

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    Your deduction is correct :-)

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    I am happy for you. I was much happier once I left my verbally abusive ex although much poorer since he hid the 900k we had saved.

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    Neat set-up, Bae, for camping but what do you do when the tree support is unavailable or in your neck of the woods, so to speak, that does not happen?
    Gandhi: Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony .

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