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In September we had an opportunity to camp at Daisy State Park, Arkansas. The park was beautiful. For the most part we had the park to ourselves because school had already started.
Features offered at the park includes:
- bath houses
- a convenience store
- propane tanks
- boat ramp
- kayak rental
- reasonable prices
- free WIFI at the park office
- hiking trails
- walk-in camp sites, no electric, water, nor grills
- tent-only camping pads with water and electric and grills
- hardwood firewood for sale
Each RV camp site had:
- fire pits
- rock bed tent pad
- concrete RV pad
- boat ramps
- Charcoal grill
- water hookup
- electricity hookup
The five days we spent at this camp were some of the nicest we have spent away from home. We used our propane cook stove instead of the charcoal grill because this trip was not about survival, it was about relaxing. And relax we did.
We spent two days on the water with our kayaks. The fishing wasn’t that great because of the heat and water level was down due to drought and water let out the dam. But it was fun trying. Certainly if we relied on fishing for our dinner we would have starved.
When purchasing gear for hunting, fishing and camping, consider if it is something you can use to bug out or hunker down. If you can pack it in on a camping trip or float it on your yak, you can probably use it as part of your emergency plan.
Our camping gear is part of our evacuation plan. It’s not like there will be hotels and apartments just waiting for us when we get home. We will be able to use our tent as an alternate shelter should a hurricane blow away our home. The camp kitchen will serve us well. Taking it with us when we have to evacuate ensures its availability when we come home. As soon as we can get on the property, we will immediately set up camp on the spot that used to be the garage and set about the property clean up.
Being accustomed to using the outdoor gear, we won’t be fumbling around and having unexpected results when cooking on the camp stove. We will not be looking at our property and wondering where we will sleep that night. We won’t be crammed into some shelter with 300,000 other people. We will have temporary shelter until something more suitable can be arranged.
In the past, whenever I thought about hurricanes I only concerned myself with the process of evacuation and being prepared. No one ever talked about the homecoming after a hurricane. We all just “hoped” our house would be still standing even if every other house in the neighborhood was gone. Since we began taking our lifestyle to our emergency plan, I am no longer worried about the “after hurricane” days. It’s amazing what having a plan, and maybe even a “plan B” will do to ease your mind.
Which kind of camping is for you? Roughing it? Packing in? Camp fire? Camp stove? Tent or under the stars? Cell phone off? Some people even say a cabin might be considered camping if there are no modern amenities like hot water and indoor restroom. What about the more recent trend called glamping?
What ever you call it, spending time in the great outdoors is a worthwhile activity. For us, camping doesn’t survival camping, pretty much anything else that brings us close to nature and away from the noise of the city is perfect. We wouldn’t even mind glamping if the fishing were good and the only thing we could hear was nature.
A good camping experience requires excellent planning and efficient packing. Special care must be taken to consider campers’ ages and medical and physical conditions. Obviously the less optimal a camper’s condition, the more “stuff” you have to bring.
The point is to get out of the house and do something. No matter what kind of camping you choose, spending time in nature will change you in ways most people can’t fully articulate.
When David and I plan to go camping it seems as if we are bringing everything but the kitchen sink. Finally we have decided to get containers dedicated for camping only. In this way we can keep all our camping gear in those containers and simply load them up when it is time to go.
Since we will be taking our Native Watercraft boats where ever we might camp, we will have plenty of room for everything we need. Not having to pack it every time we go will make it that much more joyous. Throw the containers in and go.
One container will be dedicated to things that we don’t plan on using but will bring “just in case”. The first aid kit will be on the top in that container. Maybe some flares or some other emergency stuff you never want to use.
No more will I have to pack all this stuff into boxes and squeeze them into the back of the car. All we need to do remember to restock everything when we get back before putting those handy containers back on the shelves.