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Camping together and not only be fun but it can be a learning experience. We talk about not spending enough time with their families to even get to know them. What a better way to get close to your loved ones and take them camping. If you have never been camping and don't even know where to start, and you need to come to our website, and I will guarantee you'll find everything you needed now about camping.

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I couldn't believe my parents wanted us to go out in the woods. No cell, Internet, iPad or TV. Staying in tents and going to the bathroom like an animal. No showers. They were providing wipes, at least. Having to use a burner to cook our food. Most of our meals would be ready to eat. The whole thing was, well, primitive. Todd and Adam (my brothers) didn't seem to mind. They were boys. What did they know. They probably reveled in their own filth. They played cowboys and Indians when they were little. This would be like getting back to the land for them. They were 15 and 13, respectively, but, often acted like they were 5 and 3 instead.

This is not how I wanted to spend my vacation. I was looking forward to hanging out with my friends. This was our last summer before heading off to college. True, we weren't going to spend the whole time stumbling around the forest, but, even two weeks was more than I could bear. My parents could have, at least, let me invite my bestie, Drew along. She would have kept me from being bored out of my skull. Instead, my parents decided it would be a good idea to meet up with a bunch of strangers. People who were part of a regular camping group. I couldn't imagine going camping once, let alone, on an ongoing basis.

We were leaving tomorrow. It was a four hour drive from here. Mom and dad told us we'd have to leave our music players and electronic games at home. Books were okay, though. We all read, so, that wasn't so bad. Still, I would like to have other things to do. In the car, at least, they insisted we'd be playing games. Such as, spotting which states were on the license plates. The first person who got all 50 won. That had never happened, but, had kept us expectant. When we were kids. I couldn't imagine we'd have the same reaction now. Just the thought of it was disagreeable to me.

I had intended to go out with Drew, Becky and Justine tonight. Mom nixed that. She didn't want me, possibly, having too much fun and being tired tomorrow. She wanted me in bed by 10, since, we were getting up at six in the morning. 10. I felt 10 with that hour. I was use to staying up as long as I wanted. I had since jr high. One consolation, I'd be going to college and be out of their clutches. They may give me the, my roof, my rules speech now, but, once I was away, they could attempt to control me, but, would not have success. One thing, I was allowed, was to skip dinner. We didn't always have it as a family. Tonight was one of those times we would. I figured, I'd be with them, continually, for two weeks. I needed this break.

I went downstairs and grabbed some fried chicken, potato salad and root beer and took them back to my room. I got online to chat with my friends. It would be the last time for two weeks. They joked with me about being careful that I didn't get eaten by a bear, coyote or mountain lion. They thought they were being funny. I didn't find them amusing. Though, truth be told, having a wild creature attack me would save me from spending time with my stupid family. Of course, I'd rather have a summer romance. I didn't, currently, have a boyfriend. A little fling, before college, would do me some good. Maybe, even make this whole camping fiasco bearable.

I stayed on awhile and updated my page. I also did some searches to see if there were stories of people camping, especially, their first time. There were and some were like me, very reluctant. But, all in all, had a decent experience, once they immersed themselves in it. The only thing I intended to immerse myself in was a hot bath with oils, when we got back home. Todd and Adam were talking about, not just swimming in the river, but, bathing in it as well. So uncivilized.

I went to bed and before I knew it, it was morning. I quickly showered and got dressed. Everyone else was already downstairs and ready to leave. My mother handed me a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato and bacon (my favorite), to eat on the way. The last time I'd have real food. We packed our gear into the SUV and then climbed in. My parents could have, at least, sprung for a motor home. That wouldn't have been so bad. It would have seemed somewhat normal.

The drive to the campsite was pretty uneventful. My brothers were in an excitable state. My parents were a little more subdued, but, still in anticipation. Me, I tried to sleep, to pass the time away. We couldn't get through this fast enough. We stopped a couple of times to use the restroom and pick up snacks. We did play games, but, I joined in, half heartedly. I had dozed off and was having a very pleasant dream, when we pulled into the camping area. I peeked out the window. There were a lot of people here already. Some did have motor homes, campers and 5th wheels.

There were still plenty of parking spots, but, my dad drove past them all. He kept going until, it seemed, we were really in the middle of nowhere. He finally stopped. Todd and Adam jumped out, exclaiming how cool it was. They opened up the back of the SUV and started to unload. “I did not sign up for this., I protested. It's bad enough we're camping to begin with. Why did we go past all the other people. At least, being around them, it would have been more tolerable.” Everyone was out of the vehicle, except me. I was intent on staying put. My mom wasn't having any of that. “Lucy, you get yourself out of there right now and help your brothers.”, she told me, sternly.

I, slowly, exited the SUV. I wasn't going to give them the satisfaction of cooperating. I went to help my brothers, grumbling the whole time. My dad came up to me. “Lucy-goose (my dad's pet name for me), I know you're, less than thrilled by all of this. My mom and I are hoping we could create some good memories for all of us. This will, probably be, the last family vacation we have. I know you would have preferred to go to Disneyland or something.”, he said, trying to soothe me. I would have rather gone to Hawaii or better yet, somewhere in Europe.

“Nice to see some other boon dockers.”, a guy, about my dad's age was coming toward us. Boon dockers, what does he mean, I wondered. Didn't sound pleasant. Whatever it was. He must have seen me give a quizzical look, because, he said to my dad, “I guess your daughter doesn't know that's what you're doing.” My dad answered, “To be honest, until we arrived, I didn't realize that's what we'd be doing either.” I was still puzzled, so, my dad clued me in. “It's usually staying in an RV, in a remote location, without any hookups.” Great, it's even worse than I could have imagined.

“It looks like we're both doing another version, using tents. I'm Martin or Marty, by the way.”, the other man said. “Pleased to meet you, Marty. I'm Alan. This is Sara, my wife, my daughter, Lucy and my sons, Todd and Adam.”, my dad replied. We had gathered around. “That's my family approaching.”, Marty countered. They had three kids as well. “This is my wife, Amanda, my son, Eric and my daughters, Gloria and Rachel.”, Marty told us. Their kids seemed to be about the same age as us. Eric, was cute and he was checking me out. Score. I now had a way to annoy my parents.

They assisted us with removing our equipment from the SUV and setting up. I wanted to have my tent next to Eric's. I thought that would have been pushing my luck. I was thankful I had my own. I definitely needed alone time. I don't know if I could have gotten away with sneaking Eric in with me. Todd and Adam intruded on my thoughts with their whoops and hollers. They were really such children. Both sets of parents were discussing plans for dinner. A restaurant would be good, I thought. Not likely out here in the boonies.

Eric sauntered up to me. “Hi, I guess you know I'm Eric.”, he mentioned to me. “Yes and you probably know I'm Lucy.”, I retorted. He nodded and smiled. “Have you ever been camping before?”, he asked me. “No, never. You?” I answered. “Practically every year since I was born. Sometimes twice a year. Different places, but, this is one of our favorite spots.”, he responded. “Really, how can you stand it?”, I inquired. “What do you mean?”, he asked. “Being out in the wilderness with your parents. Either would be bad enough on their own. Together, they must be pure misery.”, I said. Eric chuckled. “It's really not so bad. I guess, I've been doing it for so long, it's like second nature.”, he replied. “Want to take a walk? There's a meadow not far from here. Wildflowers in abundance. A variety of birds in symphony. Sometimes you'll see a deer or two. Maybe other animals.”, Eric told me. “What other animals? Ones which could kill us?” I asked, concerned. “Sure, we've seen bears, coyotes and mountain lions, but, they've never come close to the campground. Not while we were here anyway.”, he answered. “Did you bring your camera? You can get some incredible shots when you least expect them.”, he continued. “I don't think so. My parents didn't want us to have anything electronic.”, I said.

As we were chatting, my mom came up to us and informed us that everyone was going for a nature walk and she asked us to join them. I gave her an irritated look. I didn't know if Eric was just going to be a friend or more, but, I wouldn't find out with a bunch of other people traipsing along on, what should have been, a private moment. My mom was being insistent, so, I gave my assent, barely. We'd be here two weeks. Not sure how long Eric and his family would be. We'd just have to make some time to get to know each other, without, everyone else hanging about. You are here: Home » Camping Activities » Campfire Stories Campfire Stories Here is a collection of spooky stories to make you shudder and huddle closer around the campfire. Print the stories to read out loud, or download the audio recordings to play on your MP3 player or burn onto a CD. Missing Beware! If you are going to explore the campground, you may not like what you find. Print this story Download the audio recording S’more Sasquatch Enjoying s’mores while camping? Don’t forget to toss a marshmallow into the woods… Print this story Download the audio recording The Legend of the Great Texas Wobblefink Heed the warning when deep in the Texas hills. You may cross paths with the beast that silently kills! Print this story Download the audio recording A Town Named 1234 Every town has a secret and this one is no exception… Print this story Download the audio recording Night of the Trees Be very careful where you camp—you never know who’s lurking in the night. Print this story Download the audio recording Creature of the Pit Toilet Don’t get caught without your camping flashlight—or you’re sunk. Print this story Download the audio recording Two Eyes A bumpy night in a haunted house ends with—shall we say—a bang? Print this story Download the audio recording Valley Witch An old legend about a scary road in a scary valley. Make believe—or true? Print this story Download the audio recording More Campfire Stories Here’s another collection of spooky stories to make you shudder and huddle closer around the campfire. Print the stories to read out loud. The Ghost Train The old station and tracks had been idle for years…or had they? Print this story Saved by Boomer Pay attention, you never know who or what you might see on your trip to the bathroom. Print this story Ghosts of Fort Bragg When you are out in the great outdoors, stop and listen to the sounds around you. You may be surprised! Print this story Campfire Stories Pumpkin Carving Templates Build A Trip Book Craft Projects Coloring Pages Color Your Own Postcards

Campfire stories are the essence of camping. What self-respecting counselor, camper, or outdoorsman doesn't have a couple of ghost stories up his sleeve, ready to tell on a dark evening out in the woods? There's no better way to end a day than by taking turns spinning yarns around the crackle of fire, dodging the smoke always blowing your way. A ghost story is probably what comes to mind when someone mentions campfires but I've got dozens of stories, ranging from the simply silly to downright scary. You can choose a campfire story to fit your audience and thrill the campers.

First Grade Garden: Camping Fun!

My sisters and I heard about GACO and thought it would be great fun to camp out in our back yard and that's exactly what we did. Testing out the new Tepee tent my sister had purchased we had a fantastic time, cooking marshmellows, playing board games and chilling out in the tent. Our dog also thought it was great fun. Can't wait for the next GACO.

Camping Stories For The Campfire! - Camping Comrade

Here is a collection of spooky stories to make you shudder and huddle closer around the campfire. Print the stories to read out loud, or download the audio recordings to play on your MP3 player or burn onto a CD. Missing Beware! If you are going to explore the campground, you may not like what you find. Print this story Download the audio recording S’more Sasquatch Enjoying s’mores while camping? Don’t forget to toss a marshmallow into the woods… Print this story Download the audio recording The Legend of the Great Texas Wobblefink Heed the warning when deep in the Texas hills. You may cross paths with the beast that silently kills! Print this story Download the audio recording A Town Named 1234 Every town has a secret and this one is no exception… Print this story Download the audio recording Night of the Trees Be very careful where you camp—you never know who’s lurking in the night. Print this story Download the audio recording Creature of the Pit Toilet Don’t get caught without your camping flashlight—or you’re sunk. Print this story Download the audio recording Two Eyes A bumpy night in a haunted house ends with—shall we say—a bang? Print this story Download the audio recording Valley Witch An old legend about a scary road in a scary valley.

Make believe—or true? Print this story Download the audio recording More Campfire Stories Here’s another collection of spooky stories to make you shudder and huddle closer around the campfire. Print the stories to read out loud. The Ghost Train The old station and tracks had been idle for years…or had they? Print this story Saved by Boomer Pay attention, you never know who or what you might see on your trip to the bathroom. Print this story Ghosts of Fort Bragg When you are out in the great outdoors, stop and listen to the sounds around you. You may be surprised!

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