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ishmael
12-14-2009, 07:19 PM
The political wrangel hurts my head, and I just want to go and breath some free air. Flager beach in Florida is on the list, the Basin, nestled in the mountains of West Texas, state park in Ohio, O'll Man's Cave.

Where have you gone that made an impression?

TimH
12-14-2009, 07:24 PM
California

http://woodenboat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=106250

Yellowstone and the Tetons are great too, but not this time of year.

Glen Longino
12-14-2009, 07:30 PM
Port Isabel, Texas !

paladin
12-14-2009, 07:35 PM
West Virginia or Baja California

Fitz
12-14-2009, 07:39 PM
North Maine Woods :D

http://inlinethumb48.webshots.com/44399/2794076230054321892S600x600Q85.jpg

Makes me smile.

ishmael
12-14-2009, 07:50 PM
I'm thinking of a time. Bobby, a guy with an RV, a wife and couple of kids, packed into a Winnebago. He was a hoot. We went on and on, lubricated by Jim Beam, the ashes of the Atlantic surf making music.

A favored memory.

Paul Pless
12-14-2009, 07:56 PM
North Maine Woods :D

http://inlinethumb48.webshots.com/44399/2794076230054321892S600x600Q85.jpg

Makes me smile."makes me smile"

Easy to see why.

Paul Pless
12-14-2009, 08:01 PM
Favorite camping places, US. The AT through Shenandoah and The Boundary Waters are probably my favorite places that I've camped for extended lengths of time.

perldog007
12-14-2009, 08:04 PM
I have always wanted to check out Lake Drummond in Va.

David G
12-14-2009, 08:08 PM
Countless places in the Oregon & Washington Cascade Mountains. Olympic National Park.

Glen Longino
12-14-2009, 08:11 PM
I'm thinking of a time. Bobby, a guy with an RV, a wife and couple of kids, packed into a Winnebago. He was a hoot. We went on and on, lubricated by Jim Beam, the ashes of the Atlantic surf making music.

A favored memory.

Here's an idea, Jack!
Why don't you write a long epic poem with Jungian nuances about camping and travel and meeting new people, while you sit out another long winter there in freeze your arse off Maine?
You probably wouldn't like Port Isabel in the winter anyhow.

Nicholas Carey
12-14-2009, 08:12 PM
If I told you, I'd have to kill you :p

Seriously, though...

Not really in the US (Canada). Lake Superior Provincial Park. Nothing like Shield rock.

Gargantua Harbor
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2209/2379437052_c2f10b8874.jpg

Agawa Bay
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3135/2795372646_d22aff0fe2.jpg

Sinclair Cove
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3076/2909135723_24e4e600fe.jpg

Todd D
12-14-2009, 08:16 PM
A couple of places

Wells Gray Park In British Columbia

Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta

The beach at Lake Ozette in the Olympic National Park, Washington

Newberry Caldera in central Oregon

Lake Chelan, Washington

Can't say I would go to Acadia National Park to go camping. That is mostly because my property abuts Acadia National Park. I do spend the night on my boat in Valley Cove on Somes Sound in Acadia once each year though.

hokiefan
12-14-2009, 09:03 PM
As a kid there was a farm on the Nottaway River where our Boy Scout troop camped. The river there was a mild set of rapids that were a blast to swim in. We built monkey bridges over the river, I'm sure that is completely against all Boy Scout rules these days.

Recently, George L Smith State Park north of Metter, Ga. Based on one 15 minute spot of bliss on a Cub Scout camping weekend. Got up at 6:00 and got my fire going and made a cup of coffee. Another dad was doing the same several campsites down, we just nodded good morning so we didn't have to speak and ruin the moment. Sat down with said cuppa joe around 6:15 and watched the sun rise and the geese come in over the trees to settle on the lake. A few minutes after 6:30 the first kid crawled out of his tent and everything changed. Still good, but definitely changed.:)

Cheers,

Bobby

elf
12-14-2009, 09:12 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3237/3042811124_e7756ddea4.jpg
Usal campground - Lost Coast, Humboldt County, CA

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2168/2456088847_6e6a7012b8.jpg
Sawyer Pond, Bartlett, NH - 2000 ft up above Rt. 302

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2563/4185865103_23c1a02442.jpg
Klahowya Campground, Olympic Peninsula between Crescent Lake and Neah Bay.

Brian Palmer
12-14-2009, 09:13 PM
This is, luckily, for me a tough question to answer because I've been to a lot of nice spots.

Maybe not the favorite, but very memorable just the same. Linville Gorge in North Carolina. The first time I saw it from the rim it was a totally still evening, no wind. You could hear the river at the bottom. I thought, you can spend all the time you want in church and you'll never get closer to God than this.

Brian

JMAC
12-14-2009, 10:59 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2415/2076375081_612e027c35.jpg

Doughnut Cove Moosehead Lake Maine, Ahhhhhhhhhhh

Mrleft8
12-14-2009, 11:03 PM
My couch...... Couch + woodstove + freezing rain outside = Bliss.

Shang
12-14-2009, 11:14 PM
THE isles of Greece! the isles of Greece!
Where burning Sappho loved and sung,
Where grew the arts of war and peace,---
Where Delos rose and Phoebus sprung!
Eternal summer gilds them yet,
But all, except their sun, is set...

switters
12-15-2009, 11:15 AM
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/12/10-gorgeous-waterfront-campgrounds-in-the-us.php

10 great waterfront campsites from treehugger. I'm amazed that the hippies left out the BWCAW, one of my favorites, and it seems popular at the WBF also.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk221/switters_bucket/DSC00454.jpg

anyway thought this might be of interest.

the camping around here is horrible and I dont recommend it.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk221/switters_bucket/P7260008.jpg

botebum
12-15-2009, 11:34 AM
Crane Mountain, NY
Block Island, RI
Sheep Island, Varnumtown, NC
Waccamaw River and Swamp, NC and SC
Tonya's Mom's Property, Chestnut Hill, TN
Not necessarily in that order.

Doug

ishmael
12-15-2009, 11:50 AM
You're making me remember, shame on you, LOL.

A wicked cold camp on time somewhere in Maryland. It was a sort of first date, and Rebecca stood up. It was down in the teens, and she got up before I did and said, "OK, time to build a fire." A pip.

I took a tumble off a log and fell in a stream that day. She didn't cast more than a sideways smirk. Should a made a better effort at keeping that woman close.

John Turpin
12-15-2009, 12:29 PM
The mountains near Tres Ritos, New Mexico

Paul's Mott, a little spit of land on a barrier island off Rockport, TX

Pinnacles National Monument, a national park south of Hollister, CA. Kind of a small version of Yosemite (without the Yosemite crowds).

Chris Coose
12-15-2009, 12:52 PM
Chimney Pond, Baxter State Park, Maine.

Otherwise, anywhere Victoria gets parked for the night

Ted Hoppe
12-15-2009, 02:29 PM
Yosemite! All four seasons

Death Valley, early spring with wildflowers in bloom.

Catalina Islands.

Along the Green River at Dinosaur National Park see the raft launch points at the Gates of Lodore!

ishmael
12-15-2009, 04:44 PM
"Here's an idea, Jack!
Why don't you write a long epic poem with Jungian nuances about camping and travel and meeting new people, while you sit out another long winter there in freeze your arse off Maine?"

If I were a better poet, perhaps.

The pics and stories are great. Roughing it a bit brings out our best and worst. Stripping away the comforts of civilized life has a way of telling. When the only water is what you are carrying on your back, a flowing spring is paradise. I wish I'd taken some pics, but back Texas, middle of nowhere, water slim. We were aiming for a spring, and when we got there all hell broke loose. A mixed woman man crew, and everyone got naked and splashed without a second thought to their modesty. Oh my, that water felt like the balm of Gilead. Hiking three days on strict water discipline will do that.

McMike
12-15-2009, 05:41 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2563/4185865103_23c1a02442.jpg
Klahowya Campground, Olympic Peninsula between Crescent Lake and Neah Bay.

What a great little spot you have there. I love the Olympic Peninsula!!! Crescent Lake was the color of the deepest blue I have ever seen. :)

Nicholas Carey
12-15-2009, 06:30 PM
What a great little spot you have there. I love the Olympic Peninsula!!! Crescent Lake was the color of the deepest blue I have ever seen. :)Beautiful, but bad juju.

The Clallam People believe that evil spirits inhabit the lake. Historically, they wouldn't fish or even take a canoe out on the lake.

Deep, too. Maximum depth is unknown, but somewhere in excess 1000 feet (305m). 1000 feet was where the instruments used maxed out. The lake is just 12 miles long and only about 1 mile wide.

McMike
12-15-2009, 06:32 PM
Beautiful, but bad juju.

The Clallam People believe that evil spirits inhabit the lake. Historically, they wouldn't fish or even take a canoe out on the lake.

Deep, too. Maximum depth is unknown, but somewhere in excess 1000 feet (305m). 1000 feet was where the instruments used maxed out. The lake is just 12 miles long and only about 1 mile wide.

I didnít know that!! Good thing I never went in!!! I just remember rounding the corner and seeing itís beautiful color.

LeeG
12-15-2009, 06:47 PM
The political wrangel hurts my head, and I just want to go and breath some free air. Flager beach in Florida is on the list, the Basin, nestled in the mountains of West Texas, state park in Ohio, O'll Man's Cave.

Where have you gone that made an impression?

it's all in your mind

elf
12-15-2009, 07:14 PM
Beautiful, but bad juju.


The campground is not really very close to the lake. More close to Forks to the NW.

Nicholas Carey
12-15-2009, 07:22 PM
The campground is not really very close to the lake. More close to Forks to the NW.The campground at Lake Crescent is Fairholme. It's located right at the west end of the lake, by the outflow. 88 sites. Nice place, though the lodge is nicer.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=fairholme+campground,+wa&sll=47.676811,-122.396519&sspn=0.010821,0.027874&ie=UTF8&hq=fairholme+campground,&hnear=Washington,+DC&layer=c&cbll=48.067705,-123.916464&panoid=g1_DSHwYiORWXxYhffAnyw&cbp=12,77.62,,0,5.05&z=8 (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=fairholme+campground,+wa&sll=47.676811,-122.396519&sspn=0.010821,0.027874&ie=UTF8&hq=fairholme+campground,&hnear=Washington&z=8&layer=c&cbll=48.067705,-123.916464&panoid=g1_DSHwYiORWXxYhffAnyw&cbp=12,77.62,,0,5.05)

Tristan
12-15-2009, 07:27 PM
For some years, in the 1970's, my first family and I camped at Flamingo, Everglades National park every Christmas. I also took graduate students there to wander in mangroves and open salt marsh. It's a place to camp when a cold front is coming through or has come through, as the mosquitoes and sand flies will kill you otherwise. In 1957 I worked on the environmental survey of Coot Bay and Whitewater Bay and we lived in a little cabin (long gone) on Coot Bay Pond. Used to run out into Whitewater bay every four hours for water samples, day and night. Earllier, when I was still in highschool, in about 1950, I drove down to Flamingo on the then sand and mud road there on a fishing trip. Some of the old settlers were still there, moonshiners and mullet and trout fishermen. It's a place most of you might hate but it's part of my S. Florida heritage. There were still the remains of charcoal kilns there in the 50's. The moonshiners burned buttonwood for charcoal. I knew a man who, as a teen, had been down there in the 30's when he and a friend surprised Uncle Steve Roberts in a heavily loaded skiff. Uncle Steve had a rifle and a load of mason jars covered by burlap sacks. There was an uneasy moment until Uncle Steve offered the boys a drink out of one of the mason jars. It about killed them but it broke the ice. This is Mr. Watson country. Wild, a sort of last frontier.

ishmael
12-15-2009, 07:32 PM
"it's all in your mind'

Well, sort of. It's a memory. That spring was fantastic. The way it was was about as big as my arm, the bubbler. It made a big pool, maybe fifteen feet across. When you've been measuring out water, taking it in pints 'cause that's the way of the desert, finding that spring was a revelation. Are you kidding me? A bunch of middle class college kids on water rations? We went wild at that spring. I wouldn't be surprised if some kids were fostered that night.

Willin'
12-15-2009, 07:50 PM
Hermit Island.

I'll bet you've already been there though.

Robert Meyer
12-15-2009, 08:01 PM
Hunting Island SC near Beaufort is a great place to camp. Lots of nature and ocean and easy access to Beaufort restaurants and nightlife.
http://www.huntingisland.com/images/photography/3.jpg

Michael Beckman
12-15-2009, 08:13 PM
Beautiful, but bad juju.

The Clallam People believe that evil spirits inhabit the lake. Historically, they wouldn't fish or even take a canoe out on the lake.

Deep, too. Maximum depth is unknown, but somewhere in excess 1000 feet (305m). 1000 feet was where the instruments used maxed out. The lake is just 12 miles long and only about 1 mile wide.

Swam there, canoed there, didn't sink.

No worry about diving into the bottom at that lake. Drops off like a cliff.

DavidF
12-15-2009, 08:40 PM
Any rock in the North Channel
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_NX9R6AJLAWE/SAtMyQJ9xlI/AAAAAAAAAlE/S7p06-Y7PBM/s640/050.JPG

elf
12-15-2009, 08:53 PM
I guess I lucked out completely with Klahowya - neither google nor mapquest knows it exists!

Chip-skiff
12-15-2009, 09:18 PM
Don't like this sort of thing. My favourite camping spots have no names, except the ones I gave them. Most of them are pretty hard to find, and I'd rather they weren't an internet commodity.

Nicholas Carey
12-15-2009, 10:39 PM
Don't like this sort of thing. My favourite camping spots have no names, except the ones I gave them. Most of them are pretty hard to find, and I'd rather they weren't an internet commodity.
I believe I said that at the beginning: "If I told you I'd have to kill you." :p

Hard to hide places, though, that are directly on the Interstate highways or the Trans-Canada highway. :(

My parents used to like canoe camping in the Great Okeefenokee Swamp. The nice thing about it is that a back country permit is required and permit holders are obligated to camp each night at the assigned (and different) camping platform, thus limiting the number of people in-swamp and gauranteeing a certain modicum of privacy. Too many skeeters for me, though :eek: But the, I like going up to Lake Superior in late August after 1st frost. Amazing how that reduces off the skeeter population. Ditto for the 30 knot breeze coming off the lake, though it's a little hard on the tent. I find, though, when you're camping on the sand like that, that the best "tent pegs" are 12-inch hot-dip galvanized timber spikes. The weight and the friction keep things tethered down.

Chip-skiff
12-16-2009, 12:44 AM
Place: Manhattan.

http://www.newyorktours.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/manhattan-3d-map.jpg

Campsite: Gramercy Park Hotel.

http://www.newyorkology.com/archives/images/gramercyparkhotel.JPG

Nice spot. Historic. The Pogues stayed there on their NYC concert trip, making a considerable impression on the barman.

http://www.zoom-in.com/files/u5931/pogues-early.gif

Wildlife: Lots!

tomlarkin
12-16-2009, 12:51 AM
Posey Island State Park (http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=48.617392,-123.170192&spn=0.008412,0.022681&t=h&z=16) in the San Juan Islands. It's a tiny, human-power-only island. Camp there and paddle to Roche Harbor (http://www.rocheharbor.com/dining.html) for breakfast!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2205/2277314687_2aefb3c6a1.jpg
(Google picture, not mine)

Chip-skiff
12-17-2009, 02:24 AM
Posey Island State Park (http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=48.617392,-123.170192&spn=0.008412,0.022681&t=h&z=16) in the San Juan Islands. Camp there and paddle to Roche Harbor (http://www.rocheharbor.com/dining.html) for breakfast!

Named for the perfectly-dressed explorer, Parker Posey:

http://www.the-planets.com/star-biography/Parker_Posey_Biography.jpg