Thursday, August 24, 2006

Camping is fun

I need a hobby. Well, a hobby other than one that involves me sitting in front of a computer. Anything that doesn't involve me being sedentary. I've established for myself that I hate softball, so that's out. What else is there?

Recently, while on my trip to Boston, we camped to do it on the cheap. (With 4 people in the car, and discounting all the stuff I bought, the trip only cost us $95 each!) Besides the few trips to Blomidon that a group of us did a few years ago, I hadn't really been camping since I was a kid. I kind of like it. In the past couple of weeks, I found myself buying a tent and some hiking boots. I think I'm even going to try and fit my girthy frame with a pack large enough to go on a multi-day hike. And I'm more than a bit excited by the prospect. I'm not interested in many things that don't have circuit boards and a power source, so this is pretty cool.

There are a group of people at my place of business who are planning such an expedition, but I'm not sure I want to go too fast too soon and more importantly, I don't want to be the guy at the back slowing everyone else down.

I guess this kind of links into my post about cool camping locations, but I wanted to see if anyone's game for heading out to Kejimkujik sometime in September and maybe trying to get to one of the campsites that aren't directly accessible by roads. It would be cool to see if some newbies like me would be willing to go because then we can move at our own pace and commiserate if things go poorly :)



I'd also be into attempting some hiking and camping in the winter months too. You might think, "Why the fuck would you go out camping in the winter?" I'd reply that it's the perfect time to go camping: There are no bugs, and you'll never have appreciated a campfire or hot chocolate as much in your life. You have to be prepared for the weather, for sure, but you can't have a snowball fight in the summer.

If anyone is interested, post here or fire me off an email.

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