Category Archives: Camping

A Winter’s Night, Alone.

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It’s 3:30 in the morning, time to drag yourself out of your sleeping bag and stoke the fire, but when you stick your head out into the cold night air, you discover that there is no fire. The wind picked up while you slept and stoked the flames; the fire burned itself out, leaving nothing but a few smoldering coals…. Read more »

Car-Camping at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve

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Life has been pretty stressful over the last few months for Clarissa and I. We’ve had a lot going on, and as the wedding approaches, she’s been getting a little stressed about elements of that. This has meant that I’ve been getting stressed out over them. We decided to take last weekend off from responsibilities and do a weekend of… Read more »

Camp Etiquette 101

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Since Clarissa and I are planning to camp along the Mississippi River this weekend, I’ve been thinking about the variety of people I’ve run into during my adventures. So many of these people were Boy Scouts in my youth. As I’ve gotten older, this isn’t the case anymore, but I’m often reminded of my scouting experience. Regardless of what we may think about… Read more »

A Weekend of Car-Camping at Lake Ahquabi State Park

Clarissa and I spent the weekend with friends at Lake Ahquabi State Park in Iowa, not too far from Des Moines. It’s not a bad little campsite, all things considered. There were lots of RVs there, many children zooming around on bikes, and a fair amount of dogs in the park. That being said, our neighbors were all pretty respectful and… Read more »