State parks are normally cleaner, safer and more organized than open land or
ranches. A lot of them also have convenience stores, restrooms and well laid out
camp sites. The quality seems consistent from state park to state park.
Also, look into private campgrounds like KOA.
Another alternative is to get a car tent (a tent that attaches to your car).
Keep your keys in the ignition for added security - with the driver side window
up. Have the other windows down a bit and use a net to block out bugs.
Or, get a tent-trailer (pop-up tent).
Those wanting a bit more luxury should consider a cabin. Many private
campgrounds have camping cabins for rent. You generally still need your own
sleeping bags, cookware, etc.
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to
Camping Joke Of The Day
There once was a couple named Nancy and Mike Tate, and it was their life’s dream
to have a compass company. They finally saved enough money and started "Tate’s
Compass Company." Luck was with them, for the first contract they acquired was
to manufacture 750,000 compasses for the Boy Guides. Nancy and Mike worked
feverishly day and night to meet their deadline, and finished just before the
Boy Guides Jamboree was to begin.
On the day of the Boy Guides wilderness hike, each Boy Guide was given a Tate’s
compass to help them find their way. Unfortunately, it was discovered a little
too late that every single compass was made with the colored point of the needle
facing the wrong way, so when facing north, the needle pointed to the south.
Needless to say, all of the Boy Guides got lost and it was the biggest fiasco
known in Boy Guide history.
The Tate’s compass company went out of business, but
from this experience came the familiar adage. . .
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for campers. Plus, an article about getting hotel deals. In addition, an article
on cooking at the campsite.
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