Great Outdoors

May 27th, 2003  |  Published in Uncategorized

Our Memorial Day weekend was spent car camping with some good company in the Trapper Creek Wilderness in Washington. It’s a nice find. Though the sites were much more primitive than what you tend to find at state parks and ACoE rec areas (small fire rings only, except for one smallish RV area; and bring a cat-hole trowel), they were far apart from each other and well off the roads. Compared to Lost Lake at Mt. Hood, it’s a much more secluded, quiet, uncrowded spot, and it’s not much more than 70 miles from Portland.

Car camping earns some sneers from “serious” campers who prefer to backpack. I’ve enjoyed a few backpacking trips, myself, but the last couple of years have seen me sort of digging just loading up the car with a tent, sleeping bags, and a box of cooking stuff and going somewhere quiet. It’s not about the pleasurable sense of self-sufficiency backpacking engenders, but the way I get to feel unplugged for a few days. After the first few hours of hanging out at the site or walking around on a short dayhike trail, I stop thinking about whatever I’ve got to do in the real world and start enjoying where I am. After a few nights of sleeping in a tent, it’s nice to get home, too.

Apropos the whole car camping thing (and because I’m suddenly not feeling like coming up with a pithy way to work them into oblique links):

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