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Old 07-18-2014, 08:39 AM   #1
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How do you find time?

It seems every time I turn around, there's always something else that needs to be done, so camping gets put on the back burner. Sure, we have a few weekends planned for this season, but summer is about half over, and our last trip was in June, and our next scheduled trip isn't until mid August. How do you find time to go camping while working a full time job (first shift), getting things done around the house (currently we are doing a bit of construction too), and keeping the family (both mine and hers) happy by attending family reunions? Just seems there isn't enough weekends in the camping season to camp... So how do you do it?
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Old 07-18-2014, 08:59 AM   #2
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Accept the fact that you're the guy in the neighborhood that has the overgrown lawn sneak out of the office early on Fridays. Good luck.
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Old 07-18-2014, 09:34 AM   #3
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Yea, kind of what KiltDog said. We typically schedule a few long weekends and a full week in late summer. Planning is key here. Some stuff slides occasionally. If we have a trip planned and someone later asks us to attend something else, we decline.
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Old 07-18-2014, 09:40 AM   #4
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Plowtoy.... it's those day time jobs. They get in the way of everything, I really never realized just how much until I retired. As to the other stuff, heck, I've come to except that the house renovation is going to take much longer than we ever planned or scheduled and I'm a professional at scheduling design and construction projects or was for the past 30 years (Architectural Sr. Project Manager and General Contractor).......besides, I think I've started a new trend in fashion (construction site rustic). The wife isn't crazy about it but it's growing on me.

Family.... that's another matter all together. If it's not a family reunion, birthday, graduation, hospital stay, etc., etc.... it's another. They can become all encompassing for sure. We've gotten pretty good at saying "sorry can't make it or do that...."... whether it's replacing windows, doors or tearing out a load bearing wall, we have projects on the house renovation that require our attention if we're going to get it done. At least once every other month we take a weekend just for ourselves... be it camping or just ambling through antique stores or just turning off the phones, closing the drapes and reading a book or two.....luckily, all the kids are grown and building families of their own, so it's just the two of us. Trust me, you'll get your life back when the kids are grown and leave home.
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:05 AM   #5
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We usually pick and plan dates in the winter prior. Neither of us have 9-5 jobs though so its easier for us then most to get extended time off. Try 5+ days per month from May through Oct and a couple longer 7-14 day trips. Unfortunetly we often deny many of the family reunions and other events unless they are real important. We have just made it a priority to enjoy our lives first. It sounds selfish but otherwise we never leave the area. Mow before we leave and when we return and we save all household projects for winter or spring. Biggest thing is planning I think. If you don't have set vacation days with plans going into the summer, you kind of fill in the summer with other things. At least we did.
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Yeah, we are right with you. Too much to do and not enough free time.

Our rule (that works for us) is every-other weekend. Any more is too much. We try to plan a tentative schedule in spring.

We book a lot of nearby state park sites so if we miss a day or need to cancel it's not a backbreaker. We try to get away for at least 1 night (leave afternoon, return next morning) when things get hectic. Yeah, its a struggle sometimes to get away.
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We also plan in advance- mid winter usually to make sure we get the same site.

I am lucky to be retired at my age and I took another full time career- ( my wife is 16 years younger and we have a 7 yo daughter) which meant a
Complete release of stress and a lot less danger, home on holidays and weekends and it was a very lucrative move. I just didn't add up the loss of time to do things coming home "late" from my new commute during the week and no longer having a heck of a lot of vacation days. My wife took a promotion and she now covers her old duty but also has become a supervisor.

Our most peaceful days are at a campsite by the fire and then watching an Are you afraid of the dark show with our daughter. The last two years have gone from 3 to 4 trips to just 2.

Please don't get me wrong. We are more then lucky and consider ourselves blessed for being able to afford what we have and the life we live when many can't. It's just that camping brings about.....that feeling......that escape. Obviously you more then know what I mean.

I don't think we "do it". We can't no matter how hard we try. We camp in the driveway on weekend nights when we can and have a fire. It doesn't replace that feeling- but it is much better then nothing.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:22 AM   #8
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I think I am just having withdraws... The "agreement" my wife and I have is to go at least once a month in the summer months. Winter is more busy than the summer for me with my snowplowing business, so rarely do we do any vacationing between Nov-May. I was hoping to go this weekend and kill two birds with one stone (her side family reunion at a state park a couple hours away). Theres been some back and forth on both my part and her familys, so no reservations had been set. I find out this morning that the thing I was hoping to take care of tomorrow is now off and so we could have gone camping at the family reunion this weekend, but now MAYBE we will just go for the day... If I were to found out last night that Saturday was off, I would have hooked up the camper and we would have left today for the reunion from work. It just feels like the entire weekend is shot... Now for sure the next chance I will get to go wont be until mid August, unless the plans I have for next weekend get canceled. Thanks for letting me vent! Dave
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:22 AM   #9
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I hear you! All of you! I spent my younger years working so I could enjoy the finer things in life. Turns out, I was too busy working to enjoy them. Now that I'm retired and will be "full-timing" in another 11 days (but who's counting), I plan on seeing all the things in all the places I lived, that I was too busy working to take the time to see when I lived there!
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:41 AM   #10
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Great for you Brownie! You are about to live the dream many of us have!!!! Wish you all the best!!

By the way- to be honest-----seriously, seriously jealous!!!! I will be the one you meet who is smiling while muttering

......you lucky b*st*rd!!!

All kidding beside- well deserved!!!! Congrats!!
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