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I have been camping since I was a little girl. My first experience camping was on James Island in the NW corner of WA state. My Dad was well known up and down the west coast as an experienced and able sea captain and was also a friend of the a couple of the Coastal Tribes. In the '40s and '50s he supported his young family by salmon fishing off the Pacific coast, and in the Puget Sound. He would often hire kids from the Makah and Quileute Nation to work as deck hands during the summer season. As a result of his time spent working with these kids and their families he became good friends with the Coastal Indians, and because of this friendship, my family was allowed to camp on James Island.

I remember all of us trudging out to the Island..........which can only be reached at super low tide..............hiking up an ancient trail and pitching our tent. We had a glorious time looking for firewood, watching the surf below us, heating cans of beans over an open fire, Dad telling us stories, watching shooting stars, and retiring for the night in our tent. I'll never forget waking up in the middle of the night to a snarling sound and the smell of skunks. Because of the smell, it was pretty hard to get back to sleep, but we all eventually dozed off. The next thing I remembered was eating a breakfast of eggs on bread smeared with margarine, and some smoked salmon. After that we packed up and hiked back to the mainland at low tide.

I've been camping ever since, and over the years I have learned a lot about all of the various methods and modes of camping. From backpacking into the Colorado wilderness for days on end, to glamping it up in various RVs, I've never lost my love for camping. I've spent weeks on end camping alone at a local and favorite National campground near my home, and many weekends camping with groups of friends. Over the years I've come to realize I'm happiest when I'm camping. Lately..........and now that we have more time...........I've also found I love traveling around the country seeing sights I never knew existed.

For me camping at James Island was the beginning of a lifetime appreciation for the out of doors, and a valuable lesson that taught me there is no better way have fun than to go camping.............skunks and all.

This thread is being created in order to share the love of camping with like minded soul brothers and sisters. If you're a camper and have any ideas, tips, inventions, recipes, sources, campgrounds, websites, experiences or exceptional treasures you'd like to share, please feel free to do so here.

Anyone is welcome to post, even those who believe the best kind of camping is at their favorite resort, hotel or marina. Because the word "camping" is subjective, and we all have our different points of view, please let others know about yours.

Same simple rules you'll find on moderated boards on SI. Please be respectful and try to be kind. Over the years I've found that people don't always get the meaning of posts they read, so be patient and explain yourself if that is the case.

And of insults allowed.

Below is a link to the National Park Service "America the Beautiful" website. More than likely, there is a pass there that will meet your needs.

The picture below is of "Dusty" our lovingly rebuilt 15' 1971 Shasta trailer. Dusty has some real stories to tell.......from being used exclusively as a hunting "cabin" to surviving an incredible flood, to traveling to some of the remotest places in the country. If this thread is successful, I'm sure those stories will be sprinkled throughout.

The latest addition to our camping world.

Happy camping!

Blogs, sites, resources I found and those that were sent to me via pms and emails.

Texas site about "Glamping"

Sisters on the Fly

Little Vintage Trailer

Air (Stream) Forums

Vintage Shasta Trailer Forum

Camp the World

Snowbirding in the Southwest Dessert

Free campsites all across the U.S.

More Free Camping

There are several sites on line, with very good reviews that help people find free camping.

RV Park Reviews:

Where to Camp............Gorp.

About Camping

VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner)

America's Federally designated "All American Roads" and "National Scenic Byways."

Arizona State Parks

Federal Parks Camping

Extensive RV and camping/travel information

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591Bipartisan Bill Would Bring Needed Funds to Deteriorating National Park Service Neeka-July 19
590We're going to do this trip in June. Probably take the whole month to compleNeeka1March 8
589Hey Neeka, thanks for the repost. When I began looking for a place to put this dylan murphy-8/26/2017
588Really have a lot of options for camping. We've used theNeeka-8/16/2017
587Been there, got that (now well used) Federal/National Parks lifetime seniors pasunclewest-8/16/2017
586H/T dylan murphy "Lifetime $10 National Parks and Federal Lands Pass for SNeeka-8/16/2017
585SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It would be a first for a U.S. national park: Requiring reunclewest-7/27/2017
584We've been twice, and would like to go again in August so we can hike the AmNeeka-7/21/2017
583Camping season is upon us, and so far we have 4 camp outs planned this Summer. Neeka-5/4/2017
582OK Will do and thanks for the advise. We're used to cooler temps living hereNeeka-2/18/2017
581Have been discussing summer adventures here at home and recalled this conversatiunclewest-2/18/2017
580So it sounds like they were quite abundant. I definitely want to go there. And pNeeka-1/22/2017
579We simply picked up our petoskey rocks along the shoreline within a campground.unclewest-1/21/2017
578Never heard of Petosky stones. Makes me want to visit that area in Michigan, altNeeka-1/21/2017
577We have some flat Petoskey stones (rocks) we picked up in the National Park campunclewest-1/15/2017
575How to start a fire with a lemon. ijreview.comunclewest-3/18/2016
574What goes on in your backyard - youtube-nocookie.comunclewest13/8/2016
573LOL I read today that there are over 700 Grizzly bears in Yellowstone Park. ENeeka-1/4/2016
572When in the woods, I still carry bear spray for bears and more serious deterrentunclewest-1/2/2016
571[youtube video] "Top 13" Tips for FREE Overnight RV Parking at WALMARNeeka111/6/2015
570We dance on the deck a lot too. Great way to get some exercise and connect with Neeka-10/7/2015
569Having a wonderful evening dancing on our deck with my Karen. I mentioned our lunclewest110/6/2015
568Sounds heavenly. We have been to Glacier twice. Once with RV about 20 years agounclewest-10/6/2015
567Did not realize Reindeer were so domesticated, and the pictures are just stunninNeeka-10/6/2015
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