Travel theme: Camping

Now I’ve done my fair share of camping, with, ummm, mixed results, like when my sleeping bag got flooded at Mount St Helens, or the time I woke up with a face full of keyboard along the Oregon Coast. But there were many more memories too, like the campfire that refused to light so no dinner for us…

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…and the welcoming crackle of a proper fire and the smell of wood smoke when fires lit properly.

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Sharing a tent with doggies who camp a whole lot better than I do.

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Hands-down best camping trip ever – it was only one night and we didn’t even sleep until dawn, spending the whole night round a fire chatting under starry skies, in the most amazing setting, on the forested shores of a lake surrounded by great craggy mountains. I took this shot just before we decided we should really try to get some sleep. See the dawn creeping over those trees?

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Do you have any places you love to camp? Or places you think would be nice to camp if you were into it? 🙂 Camping horror stories or camping nirvana; I want to hear them all. If you would like to join in the weekly travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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xxx Ailsa

Camping is nature’s way of promoting the motel business. – Dave Barry

My particular dread–the vivid possibility that left me staring at tree shadows on the bedroom ceiling night after night–was having to lie in a small tent, alone in an inky wilderness, listening to a foraging bear outside and wondering what its intentions were. – Bill Bryson

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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36 Responses to Travel theme: Camping

  1. aj vosse says:

    Would you believe I haven’t camped once since getting to Ireland! That, for a Saffer, isn’t a great stat! Maybe this year we’ll have a summer and I can go find a spot along the Royal Canal for a sleep-out! 😉

    • ailsapm says:

      The great thing about camping in Ireland is that there aren’t that many wild animals like bears, cougars, snakes and scorpions, roaming outside your tent. The lousy thing about camping in Ireland is the weather. Swings and roundabouts. 🙂

      • aj vosse says:

        Two legged sharks and hoods do the rounds here in Ireland… that and the weather!
        I know a well secluded spot along the canal where one can most likely camp without the world having a clue you’re only 25 meters away! 😉

  2. Camping for me is always in-tents!

  3. Miriam says:

    Ooh, I love camping. We’ve recently upgraded from our camper trailer but I have so many stories of koalas in trees above our tent, getting flooded out one night, waking up to cows outside our tent and nearly getting caught in a bushfire. Such is camping in Australia! But also loads of great camping stories in some of the most amazing settings. 🙂

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  5. Jaspa says:

    Really like your fire photo, Ailsa.
    Camping got me thinking about teepees… and then the World’s biggest teepee in Medicine Hat, Alberta:

  6. mickscogs says:

    Jo and I have just purchased a teardrop van and will getting back to camping soon. There’s something special about a campfire.

    • ailsapm says:

      I love the look of those teardrop vans, Mick, they kind of remind me of the Tardis from Dr Who, you know, bigger on the inside. 🙂 I agree, there really is something special about a campfire. xxx

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  11. With camping you’ve hit on a topic favourite to my heart – I have so many photos and sketches to scan – but here’s a couple to start: and

  12. Leya says:

    Love this – love the dog camping! Desert camping from me –

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  16. Francesca says:

    Hi Ailsa, I do a lot of camping but this one is about hiring motor homes in New Zealand.

  17. dyule2014 says:

    MAY 20TH 2016 Travel theme: Camping Thank in your for your weekly update.

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  20. DailyMusings says:

    I loved reading about people’s camping experiences- but it is just not for me-but I shared anyway!

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  26. Olive Ole says:

    Here is my entry, better late than never, right?

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  28. Amanda says:

    I think I’ve found this post far too late to participate properly, but I’ve got to leave some love on any post that spotlights camping! Big fan of the outdoors, as long as it doesn’t require the use of a solar shower, ugh.

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