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Old 02-19-2007, 03:44 PM   #1
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What moves you?

In another thread, "Front door camping," started by janetb, anholman mentioned that his friends sometimes ask him why he has a "camper." "You can camp right in your yard!" A fine compliment to be sure but, understandably, he doesn't feel he has a satisfactory answer for them.

As a matter of fact, when you look at the picture anholman posted, you definitely get the feeling that he lives in his own spectacular National Park! We all KNOW why anholman leaves to go camping but can we actually put it into words?
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Old 02-19-2007, 03:48 PM   #2
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We live in a very nice area, and do at times camp around here. But I like variety. I don't ever see myself camping in the same place for long. Sometimes it's the Sierras, sometimes it's the beach or next to a river. Different strokes....
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Old 02-19-2007, 03:59 PM   #3
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I love variety and change of scenery too!..nestled amongst the Redwoods or looking over the lake or ocean suits me to a 'T' or is it 'A' for Airstream!!!..the beautiful parks and forests of the states I've visited is something I enjoy about the whole camping/trailering experience.
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Old 02-19-2007, 05:33 PM   #4
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Being on the road again and wondering what's just around the bend lures us from home year after year. Thanks to responding to the lure, we too have found ourselves with spectcular front yards: Lake Superior, Many Glacier, Boulder River, Gulf of Mexico, and on and on. Gypsy looks fine out back by the barn, but she really sparkles on the road or set up among the pines along new water.
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Great thread.

We love cruising the back roads in our '57 Pontiac TV with the trailer behind. We love touring down along the WA/OR coast, through the Cascades and down through the high country in OR and then over to the coast and back up home. Living in Vancouver, BC we have a lot of great places nearby to camp and they are great for short weekends, but they don't offer much of an opportunity to enjoy touring in the Pontiac. Even in our back yard we camp now and again as we have a creek and beautiful tall trees and it's like a park, but the need to cruise overcomes us and away we go.

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Old 02-19-2007, 09:30 PM   #6
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Once we get our new TV (next week!) we're especially looking forward to trips to the WA/OR coasts, and of course to beautiful British Colombia. Although we have great places to visit right here on the Monterey Bay, the reason we got this lovely towmobile was to adventure and travel afar. In the meantime, we gaze at her a lot sitting in the driveway, and since we brought her home under a full moon, we like compatible silver glows. Terry took this tonight. Not a full moon, but a gorgeous one!
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Old 02-19-2007, 10:09 PM   #7
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Janet, that is beautiful. Love the moon shots.

Its true, there is no place like home be it National Park-like or otherwise. But no mater, whether backpacking or in my Airstream, there is nothing like the freedom of exploring someplace else, something unfamiliar, or simply watching the sunrise from a different perspective. The stress and stagnation of the same ol' same ol' gives way to a free-flowing symphony of the senses and I'm compelled to dig in my toes and appreciate Mother Earth. That's what moves me to camp.
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What moves me to camp is the time with my family. My job is very demanding with crazy hours. I live with a cell phone in my hand. When we go away is the only time I can set it aside and not worry about it. It is "our" time. And that moves me to seek more of it.
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Once we get our new TV (next week!) we're especially looking forward to trips to the WA/OR coasts, and of course to beautiful British Colombia. Although we have great places to visit right here on the Monterey Bay, the reason we got this lovely towmobile was to adventure and travel afar. In the meantime, we gaze at her a lot sitting in the driveway, and since we brought her home under a full moon, we like compatible silver glows. Terry took this tonight. Not a full moon, but a gorgeous one!
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Ultra cool picture Terry! I like that, "compatible silver glows."

BTW, what kind of TV are you going for?
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Old 02-21-2007, 05:38 PM   #10
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Thanks, MBlue!
We're getting the new Tundra 5.7L Ltd. w/6sp., 2WD,double cab (not the big crew cab) with a reg. bed. Terry drives a Tundra now--it's about 7 yrs old and has been a great truck, but not enough for a 25' Safari. We had to do some searching for a model that had both tow mirrors and the Nav. system--although to us they seem to go together!
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Having lived in a good number of places, we often realized that we knew the local area much less than we did more distant areas. There's just something about hitting the road and exploring normally out-of-reach places that appeals ...

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Get away from it all!

The only problem with camping in your own backyard is it's your own backyard. Too close to all the housework and yardwork, the phone and computer, the job, the community, all the things that are the reason you live there when you're not out looking to see what's outside your own backyard.

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The only problem with camping in your own backyard is it's your own backyard. Too close to all the housework and yardwork, the phone and computer, the job, the community, all the things that are the reason you live there when you're not out looking to see what's outside your own backyard.

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Hi Jamie! I'm always too close to housework and yardwork; even when I'm 3 state's away! But are you really able to leave your phone and computer behind? I think my hands would start to twitch uncontrollably if I didn't have my laptop.
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The only problem with camping in your own backyard is it's your own backyard. Too close to all the housework and yardwork, the phone and computer, the job, the community, all the things that are the reason you live there when you're not out looking to see what's outside your own backyard.

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Yes, I did say in another thread that I had no answer to friends who commented to why we have a camper when our home is like a campground. Jamie's quote is how I sometimes would answer. We have always camped with our kids. Sometimes it was travel to national parks, the coast, the mountains,Southwest, Northwest but when they were older it was just camping at our favorite lake for a week. Kids grow up. Son now in the Navy (Kuwait) and daughter married and for 3 years lived in Connecticut. Somehow to us camping without the kids wasn't the same. We sold the camper..it was just sitting. We bought the AS on the spur of the moment last spring while my wife and I were recovering from medical issues. My wife from a stroke and I from 2 hip surgeries. Neither of us could drive to pick up the newly purchased trailer from the next state. A good friend did that for us. Even though it was months before we could tow the AS it's healing magic was at work...from in front of the garage. The activity of 'personalizing' it in anticipation of going somewhere was healing. Finally at the end of summer we took 2 short jaunts..one to a nearby lake and park and then to a Vintage Trailer Rally an hour away. Oh what fun...again...even if the black tank leaked. Now I am replacing that tank (with some floor) and we are signed up for the April NorCal Rally and have made reservations at that favorite lake for 2 summer weekends. We have not been there in almost 10 years..and do you know what, our daughter, husband and 2 grandsons will join us. The cycle is complete.
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