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Your version of the perfect camping spot?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by vart, Jul 1, 2003.

  1. vart

    vart

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    My dad would take my mom and us kids in his `73 Dodge 4x4 with a Kit camper on back, and we would go to the most remote places we could. His truck had big tires and a winch (pretty fancy for the late `70's) and he loved the challenge of camping where no one else had been.
    My criteria for the ideal camping spot: less than 2 hours drive from my house, mountains, lots of interesting trails for ATVs, next a body of water, preferably a stream that is big enough for trout, but not too big for my kids to play in. I also like a big meadow nearby to observe deer, elk, moose, etc, and not too many people. I generally prefer to be at least 1/2-mile from the next camper.
    What is your version of the perfect camping spot; nicely landscaped RV campground, remote mountain lake, desert spot?
    Here is the closest I've come so far. The only bad thing about it is that there are too many other campers around it, but as soon as I get some spare time, I plan on scouting some new areas:
    <img src="http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-7/14007/XREPH-camp1.jpg.JPG" width=600 height=450>

    <img src="http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-7/14007/YYIKG-camp2.jpg.JPG" width=600 height=450>

    <img src="http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-7/14007/FIRWD-camp3.jpg.JPG" width=600 height=450>
     
  2. Tvov

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    You've pretty much got it right. In addition to your criteria, I watch out for standing water or swamps nearby, because of flying bugs.

    I've always thought that a camping spot HAS to have water nearby, preferably a creek or river.

    vart, is that the older trailer you talked about in my thread about RVs? It looks good, and that is pretty much what we want.
     

  3. vart

    vart

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    Yep, that's the beast. It really doesn't look too bad for $200, but it has needed lot's of work, and still does.
    I'm thinking about buying an older bus for cheap, and gutting the trailer to convert the bus into an RV, then I can convert the RV trailer to a flatbed trailer so I can haul all of my toys.
     
  4. lomfs24

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    Vart, by the shade of the dirt around the campfire ring and the shade of the grass it looks like you are in Idaho. In Idaho you should have some of the best camping in the world. I live in Montana and we have great camping here too. I think you pretty much nailed it right on the head with your camping description.

    We used to have places where you would be the only camper in an entire canyon. Then they declared it "Wilderness" and you can't drive in there and now you can't hardly find a camping spot in there. But there are still great places to camp.

    OK OK I have to confess, it was not the color of the dirt that gave away your location, it was the shade of the license plate on your truck. SORRY.
     
  5. striderglock

    striderglock HVACR

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    An RV with full hook-up on my favorite striper lake. ;f
     
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    I want to know where there are lakes with strippers.

    OH, OH I bet you meant striper fish!!!
     
  7. The Pontificator

    The Pontificator Angry Samoan

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    Carmen Electra's backyard...that would be a pretty good place to camp!
    ;f
     
  8. Wmarden

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    Her bedroom would be even better. In fact just by being there I would probably have the tent pole.;f :cool:
     
  9. motorhome

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    My favorite has been Grand Canyon. You can camp 1/4 mile from the rim. This is a awsome site. If you hike the rim it is 8 miles. It is flat and easy. This is one of those sites everyone has to see once in their life. If you have small kids watch them close when near the rim as there are no rails nor nothing to stop you from falling stright down one mile.
    I have been to the beach, the mountains,the lakes, and a lot of other places to many to list but the most unusal was inside a zoo. Are motorhome club, back in the late 70's camped inside the Cincinnati zoo. We could walk around the zoo at nite. All those animals that sleep all day and don't move. Let me tell you it is very scary a nite. The zoo is very much alive at nite.
    I could go on but just want to say here in the USA there is so much to see. Every turn in the road is a new adventure.
    I guess that is why there are now so many full time campers on the road.
    Stay safe and maybe we will run into each other camping.
     
  10. Hihopoly

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    Have you been to the Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Canyon? Pretty cool too!:)
     
  11. XD9SW99

    XD9SW99 OOoooo Allah

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    In the last year or so my wife and I have had many a fun excursion into the wilderness...we found a spot that is great, cept for some weird stuff (see Weird experiences thread in GNG) it's close to home, but pretty remote (15 miles up a gravel road from the nearest town, which has a population of 200, which is itself 30 minutes outside the state capitol)

    It sits on a beautiful little freestone trout stream. Native cutthroats and wild rainbows a plenty, mostly 4-8 inch fish, but I landed a beauty of a fat 12 incher taken with an Adams)

    The stream isn't big, maybe 30 feet across. It's spring-fed. There's some gorgeous waterfalls. Lots of pocket water and stair-step pools (and one long stretch that looks knee deep, but I got my *** wet standing still) The wife got even wetter ;f

    There is a free state-run campground on the other side of the stream, with 6 camp sites. We camped across and upstream of that, parking the car at a wide spot, and then walking down to the campsite (a giant log was placed across the trail to prevent vehicles from going down there)

    I wish we weren't in a state wide fire ban...we were stuck using battery powered lantern for light and the coleman stove to cook over. I prefer cooking over a real campfire...and nothing lights up a campsight like the beautiful orange flames of a good fire.

    There's a nice log that acted as a perfect spot to place the stove, and use to prepare food...it's really a wonderful spot. There's more further uproad/upstream too, I'm sure.

    We camp with tents and all that fun stuff, as we're too poor to get an RV yet :)
     
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    Yes, a deckboat with strippers, full bar and fishing guide. Oh yeah..........;* ;V ;Y.................... ;n
     
  13. noway

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    I read this post title a couple times but never poke my head in ,

    One sentence sums it up for me;

    "No Mosquitos"

    That would be perfect camping spot for me.
     
  14. BlueMalibu

    BlueMalibu What Limit?

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    On Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Last bit takes 2-hours to drive 8 miles on 4WD trail. Michigan state forest and CFA land. You can open camp for free. Shoot all you want. Lots of trails. A smaller lake nearby has great fishing (we bring a canoe). And very few other people. If you go in the late fall you are the only people around for miles. This pic was from last year and we are going again this week! Can't wait.

    Here is a link to lots more pics.

    http://rearwheeldrive.org/rwd/thomas/photos/family/20020806/
     
  15. Tvov

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    Okay, I'm REALLY jealous now. Looks (and sounds) awesome. Although it sounds like we won't be able to get our (soon to be owned) RV trailer back there!

    I love fall camping. Nothing like waking up on a cold, clear morning, then having a warm afternoon.
     
  16. TJ in PA

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    Satellite TV, Hot running water, Jucuzzi, wet bar, tent service,and armed guards for the animals. NO just kidding! I like as far away from civilization and people as possible.
     
  17. ithaca_deerslayer

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    I like to be as far from other people as possible.

    Stillwater in the Adirondacks is nice. Check in with Ranger, canoe out and camp along the shore, no roads.
     
  18. Short Cut

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    I like remote/rough camping. For years I used my motorcycle to get WAY out in the sticks for a little solitude. The past two years I've been enjoying canoe camping with my son. We've found some great spots that you can only get to by rowing.
     
  19. onemilmhz

    onemilmhz Ten Ninety Five

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    When I lived in Cali we had a 40 mile stretch of road between Barstow and Ft. Irwin where I was stationed. About halfway ("Jackhammer Pass") there was an offroad trail that lead about a mile or two into the desert. A buddy and I headed back there one day and found the perfect shooting/camping spot. Natural burms on three sides, long open area for clays, it was perfect. There was an old Toyota truck bed that had been out there a while and several shot up washers. (One time I plinked off one of the knobs from about 25 yards with a .44!!) Man that was a great spot. We never saw any signs of others using it and we went out there nearly every weekend for about a year. We even did some improving to the site with built in tarket placards, clearing of brush and rocks and even built a firepit. It was the best shooting/camping spot I had ever seen. We named it "Range Ten" as there were nine other main ranges on post (that I remember anyway!) I PCS'ed later that year as did my buddy and that was the end of Range Ten for us. I hope someone else is till getting to enjoy it now. Good times man, good times.
     
  20. norton

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    My favorite campground was located outside Flagler Beach Fl. Bike week was going on at Daytona, and we used the campground as our base.
    We parked our bikes next to the tent, and after the first year learned to bring ear plugs to sleep at night. Harleys with open pipes roared up and down the road all night.
    The campground was divided into two sections, one for BMW m/c riders, the other for Harley riders.
    Campfires, lots of interesting people to talk to, cheap pancakes served up every morning by the local club that sponsored the event each year. Vendors set up in tents selling m/c stuff.
    I don't ride much anymore, but remember those days fondly.