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Old 05-15-2015, 08:18 AM   #1
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Hi All,

I joined the forum only a few days ago.

But this subsection is where we are most interested. SWMBO owns a 7.5 acres just outside of Adirondack Park (NY) where we have tent camped next to the trout stream on the back line.

I bought a very well used TT in 2009 that we drag up to the property 3 or 4 times a year.

Last week I replaced the old trailer with a brand new Jayco that is 5' longer and 32 years more up date.

I've always heard it called 'Dry Camping' because one doesn't use any local water. I've always considered it 'Wilderness Camping' because we leave civilization behind and enjoy the natural setting.

When my son was in Boy Scouts we went through Leave No Trace training. I really like the goals of that way of thinking, but have not been able to take it to the max.

We generally leave the campsite the way we want to find it next time.

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I certainly love getting into the near-OCD-mode of planning and provisioning with the expectation of not having to buy anything once we are up there.

Just relax, cook, hike, meet with the neighbors (the nearest is over 1/4 mile away) and just chill out.

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Anyone else boondock just to 'get away from ALL of it'?
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Old 05-15-2015, 08:40 AM   #2
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When I was a kid my parents would load up me and my two brothers into a slide-in camper and we would go up into the hills of CA and camp off road. Definitely primitive.

When my husband I were first married and starting the family we started with a slide-in camper and graduated to a pop up. Now I prefer glamping in our fifth wheel, complete with Keurig for my morning coffee. :-)
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Old 05-15-2015, 08:51 AM   #3
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Sorry, I cannot abide the brew from K-cup coffee makers.


Drip from a preheated reservoir is best. But I can make very good coffee with a percolator and a gas stove. Its a bit tougher over a wood fire.


Waking her up with the smell of a pot-on-the stove is another of the pleasures of backwoods camping.
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Hi All,
I joined the forum only a few days ago.
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Last week I replaced the old trailer with a brand new Jayco that is 5' longer and 32 years more up date.

I've always heard it called 'Dry Camping' because one doesn't use any local water. I've always considered it 'Wilderness Camping' because we leave civilization behind and enjoy the natural setting.
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We generally leave the campsite the way we want to find it next time. ...snip...
Just relax, cook, hike, meet with the neighbors ... and just chill out.
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Anyone else boondock just to 'get away from ALL of it'?
Congratulations on your trailer upgrade....

We just replaced our class-B with a travel trailer. We plan to travel with it so we will do some boondock/dry camping and some RV destination park camping (i.e. Fort Wilderness in Disney World... virtually the opposite of boondocking ). With the class-B (and a modified van before that), the majority of our camping was boondocking in Alaska, Canada, and lots of places in the lower 48. With the trailer, we have more room and creature comforts but still want to spend time in natural settings as often as possible.

Like you, we like to relax, cook, hike, meet with the neighbors ... and just chill out. And, when we leave the campsite, we leave it better than when we arrived.

You'll probably meet lots of folks on this forum that like to 'get away from it all' and some that like to dive right into the thick of things.
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Dry camping is pretty much the only kind of camping me and my family do. We have spots in Eastern Oregon that we go to and don't see another person the entire time we are there. It's a nice way to unplug, lets the kids be kids and hike the miles and miles of mountains that surround us. Geez I hope my trailer gets here soon!!
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We came back recently from a 3 month trip from Maryland thru the West and returned. Most of it was dry camping. Although we hadn't done a lot of dry camping previously, we came back with a great love of not having all the hookups. Even tho most of it was in national forest or parks and therefore structured camp sites, they are spread out in such a way that you didn't have another camper next to you. Learning how to maximize your water and power requirements was also a lot of fun. We are planning on doing more of that in the future!!
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snip....... Anyone else boondock just to 'get away from ALL of it'?
Yep, it's the ultimate "disconnect"!

Plan to head over to Lake Michigan in a few weeks for some boondocking

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Just back fro the Adirondacks.


Fun time (re-connected with friends I haven't seen in a year).
Got out to some antique shops
Fixed the fridge. After singeing 1/2 the hair on my right hand.
Cooked to my heart's content: Stove, oven or open fire; all good.
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