|Camping is an awesome time.|
I have done most types of camping, from rustic tents to pop up campers to camping on a boat. I've stayed in many local campgrounds throughout the Poconos. I've also camped in New Jersey and on a boat in Watkins Glen. Some of the campgrounds are more modern such as the Beachcomber in Cape May, NJ or Splash Magic in Northumberland, PA. Some of them are definitely more rustic such as Locust Lake, Hickory Run and definitely Promised Land State Park. All of which are Pennsylvania state parks.
There are many types of campgrounds. Some are restricted only to tents. Some are geared towards RVs and pop ups. Some offer cabins. Some welcome everything. The biggest thing when figuring out where to stay, is to keep in mind what you are willing to go without. If you are looking for a campground with a pool, playgrounds, a grocery store, family activities and flushing toilets, campgrounds like the Beach Comber and Splash Magic are perfect choices. If you are looking for peace and quiet, nature walks, and escaping the modern world, campgrounds like Locust Lake and Promised Land are great choices.
Same goes for the garbage. Make sure the garbage bags are kept in a secure spot. We would put them in the trunk of our car. We once had a family of raccoons visit our site one evening while we were asleep. They were so loud from fighting with each other that they woke us. The next morning half our food was gone. They took the whole bag of marshmallows, plastic and all. Same with the cheese danish. They took the entire package including the metal tin. We actually had to run out to buy more food because they obliterated us. Lesson learned. We stashed the food in coolers and in the cars.
The next night the raccoons came back for more. The food was stashed so there was no way they were getting any snacks. Didn't stop them from trying though. All you could hear was this non stop scratching for almost an hour. When we woke the next day, the cooler had these deep scratches on the lid from the raccoon family trying to get into it. My mother looked over to a storm drain and saw these glowing eyes staring at her. Needless to say, that day, there were a few sick raccoons making noises from the woods. Eating plastic doesn't feel so great to the digestive system huh? Little buggers. Cute but pesky.
|The raccoons that kept raiding our camp.|
So yes, I've stayed at campsites where there was no electricity or water spigot. If you wanted water, you either brought your own jugs or walked to the community spigot to fill your water vessels. If you wanted light you used lanterns and flashlights. If you wanted warmth, you put on extra layers and cozied up to the campfire. If you wanted entertainment, you listened to a battery operated radio, read books and magazines or played card and board games. Yes, you have cell phones but even the top carriers with the broadest ranges often times have sporadic to no coverage in the more rustic campsites. Besides, sometimes we all just need to put down our phones and forget about it for a few days.
|Ricky chilling on the tire swing in Locust Lake|
Nightime is the perfect time to enjoy fire shows. To experience this, all you have to do is look around the lake or down the horizon. Depending on the set up of the campground, sometimes you can see the beautiful glow of all the many campfires from other sites. It's a simple and pretty view against the pitch black sky. And let's not forget nature's glitter. Depending on the time of summer you are camping, be sure to check out the trees and fields after dark. Thousands upon thousands of fireflies can often be seen fluttering about the trees, showcasing an enchanting display of sparkles in the dark of night. Who said there is no such thing as fairies?
|A cool tree growing out of rocks on one of our hikes.|
|My girl scout making trail mix.|
Custom Made Trail Mix
Add these to your camping grocery list then have some fun making your own custom trail mix. A lot of these items you can pick up at the dollar store.
- Sandwich Bags
- Animal Crackers
- Chex or Life cereal
- Yogurt covered raisins
- Dried cranberries
- Mini pretzel twists
- Roasted peanuts
- Dried apricots
- Frosted Mini Wheats
- Candy Corn
As for the more modern campgrounds, they are great too. You can take a warm shower. You can use flushing toilets. Some have pools and little beaches. They will pick up your garbage everyday and also have plenty firewood for sale. Modern campgrounds also have more activities such as family movie nights, craft workshops and bingo nights. One of the downfalls to modern campgrounds is they tend to pack people in tight and they are always crowded. But if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to a hotel in a more expensive vacation area, these campgrounds are perfect for families with children.
|The Redheaded days. Doing puzzles and chillin in the screen tent.|
Some of My Other Outdoor Adventures
#138 Visit Boulder Field, Hickory Run State Park
#208 Try Kayaking
#296 Climb To The Top Of A Lighthouse
#311 Watch The Sun Set On A Beach
Some Of My Favorite Camping Recipes
Campfire Banana Splits
|Campfire banana splits.|
Grilled Naan Pizza
|Grilled Naan Pizza. As long as you have a grate, you can cook over fire.|
Useful Camping Links
Fun Activities To Try When Camping
|Ricky and Bill searching for treasure.|