Originally Posted by Donedroolin
Wow did not expect to get this many response. Dont get me wrong I like tent camping and I have a four year old son. I am going to take him to a local campground like the wife and I used to do . He has to experience tent camping. Living out of the cooler walking down to the bathroom at night. Hearing all the outside noises the rain sometimes cold. Yea I miss some of that. It will be fun experienceing that with my son.
I honestly believe there are really 3 levels:
1) "Camping" to me equals low-impact backpacking or mountaineering; everything you need you carry on your back.
2) "Tail-gate camping"; you're still sleeping in a tent, but only a few feet from your car. You have coolers, full-size stoves, readily available potable water, bathrooms, etc.
3) "RVing"; This of course is what we are all talking about on this forum. Virtually everything you need is on your back ... of your truck.
If you really want him to experience something special, get him out to a remote mountain lake somewhere for a day or two with everything you need on your back. You'll likely have to wait until he's older, but get him interested early and it'll be easier. There's just nothing like being out in the remote wilderness doing some good, low-impact, back-country camping. One of the best backpacking treks of my life was when my dad and my buddy's dad took me and 8 of my closest friends to a remote mountain lake near Aspen. We had plenty of food with us, but there was just something really special about catching a fresh mountain lake trout, cleaning it and cooking it within moments of it leaving the water to supplement our freeze-dried dinner. Hands-down, the best fish I have ever eaten. No phones or electronics of any kind, no coolers, no bathrooms or showers, just you and the wilderness.
I don't care how long I have a trailer, I will never give up my high-speed-low-drag backpacking gear. One day I hope and dream of taking a son or daughter out into the back-country for some really serious camping. I tried some lighter-duty treks with my wife, but that style didn't take; she needs a higher level of "minimum" comfort than I do... Most of my fondest memories are made up of these kinds of adventures...
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