February 4, 2009

C is for Camping

As newlyweds in Louisiana back in the Dark Ages, Steve and I thought backpacking meant driving up to the Ozarks, lugging the cooler a few hundred yards from the car and setting up a plastic rain fly.

We had fun, but the mosquitoes ate us alive.
Gradually we acquired outdoor sophistication and some basic equipment, and we expanded our horizons to the West.
Here's a backcountry campsite from a few summers ago in the Uinta Wilderness Area.
Here's one in a remote area of Grand Canyon National Park:

As we get older, we prefer to go by horse.
This was our "travel trailer" for years -- all the comforts of home, and even a friendly companion.

When we spend the night out on the trail with the horses, they carry the packs and brave the cold streams.

In return, I've been known to bundle them up in space blankets for the sub-freezing high altitude summer nights.
By foot, horse, or trailer, it's fun to get out and experience the paths less traveled.
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  1. We still haven't managed our backpacking trip, but I hope to do at least part of the Wonderland Trail this summer. As we got older, we camped more, since we discovered inflatable queen sized beds. Our Little Guy Trailer expanded our camping forays into November.

  2. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! Camping! brings back memories.
    Welcome aboard to ABC Wednesday!

  3. C for Camping i really L for Life!! My husbond and I just love it! Thank you for bringing us with you ;)

  4. Oh My Goodness, Janie.... I love the way you and Steve hike and camp.. IF George and I were 30 yrs. younger, we'd be doing the same thing... WOW---I'm so envious of you all.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Please come back anytime!!! Have you all ever done any hiking and camping in the Smokies?????

    Thanks again.. I'm enjoying your blog.

  5. space blankets, what a great idea, and what a clever way to harness your horses. thanks for the good wishes for my birthday.

  6. The first 20 years of our married life, we camped a lot too. It started with a tent, then a trailer tent after we had children. We always went to Scandinavia or the UK. It was great. Thanks for your story. Going by horse must be the best way to go!

  7. Looks like so much fun! Isn't it pretty cold now though? I'm surprised there's not snow!

  8. Great camping tales, makes me want to get out into the back country again - thanks for sharing.

  9. I loved your post! Thanks for sharing and for the memories. My husband & I also from the dark ages loved to camp along the Salmon River in Idaho, our home state. Your photos are wonderful.
    Have a great Wednesday.

  10. Camping...brings back memories...and I am glad they are memories!!! nice post....

  11. Oh my! You are the wilderness goddess! I haven't camped since high school. Duly noted that I need to get out more ... :-)

  12. Momma, you are becoming the blogging goddess in addition to wilderness goddess. So many comments.

    I love the axe at the AK campsite :)

  13. Was that the back country trip where the horses decided to go sightseeing? That would be a great post.

  14. True, the horses sight seeing adventures would make a good post. Its been long enough now to laugh, right? :)

  15. Beautiful Mtn photos...love your horses...

  16. Find my self smiling readiung your horse blogg...

    do it moore!


  17. Oh I am so jealous, what a wonderful way to see the world. I love the space blankets too! Very fetching ;)



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