Friday, May 8, 2009

Camping - Yay or Nay?


Whenever somebody asks if I'd like to go camping, I think: Um, if by camping you mean no bed, no shower, no toilet, no locked door? NO DICE. No thanks.

When I hear the term CAMPING, I don't think about pretty sunrises and sunsets, kicking back with barbeque and booze, or being one with nature. I think about these things:

















And you?

71 comments:

Improbable Joe said...

"Camping" plays directly into my life's philosophy... said philosophy requiring me to by enough gear to be comfortable, which means it would be cheaper for me to just rent a cabin.

Pretty Little World said...

I am also not a camping person, but of a different sort than yourself. I seem to be able to trick myself into believing that I like camping - it sounds rustic and all nature-y.

And then sometimes I decide to go with friends, and remember that, in fact, I do not like camping. It's buggy and everything feels damp after awhile.

LipstickOne said...

hahahaha...my sentiments exactly!

Dan W Johnson said...

Loved it when I was a kid but now...not so much. Some buddies and I used to do this annual fishing trip (I don't get fishing, the catch is a bit of a buzz but the killing and the cleaning? Who needs it) and while there were some good times and memories, I quit going, it's not for me--I'l take a hotel/motel anytime. Love your choice of photos!

Chocklit~Socialite said...

lmmfao...omg...those images just killed any hopes of me ever camping

Diana said...

hahha!

kim said...

I actually white love camping, but this is making me re-think it a little. Especially the scene from "The Descent." That movie scared the crap out of me.

down and out chic said...

yikes that last photo (i used to be a raft guide and my boss forced us to watch 'remembrance'.) i'm scarred for life. i used to LOVE to camp, i mean i was a river guide after all, now, not so much. i like my bed and toilet paper and i only want to see snakes behind a thick glass window.

diane said...

Squeal like a pig, Drollgirl, weee weeee weeee! Hahaha, you had me with the second photo!

bearer of three said...

I dont like camping but my family are big campers. There last camping trip my daughter who was 6years old at the time Actually came out the bathroom and there was a cub (baby bear) going thru the garbage...my aunt followed behind her and they both ran screaming..never again will i ever send her...lol

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

Hey! I've been that girl with the camp shovel and the TP trailing behind her ;)
MK won't do the camping thing either, so my days of lying awake at night in a dew soaked tent listening to the coyotes are over :)

Kellie said...

I don't mind camping but not roughing it. To me there is a big difference. If I'm camping there needs to be a toilet and shower. If there isn't then I'm not doing it. Period.

But I love drinking around a campfire and making smores. Yum!

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

I am so totally with you! Animals...of any variety and that includes weird guys..are not my idea of having a good time!!

gracie o said...

OH FUCK NAY!

erin@designcrisis said...

Into the Wild scarred me for life. Not sure I will ever be able to "camp" away from electricity again.

Zoƫ said...

camping where im from does not involve anything of those things described (except for bears)...so its not so bad, its actually a luxury which is a huge surprise to most. i guess.

Namine said...

I'm with you... give a five star hotel and a spa anyday

g. said...

I am howling....and I am with you!!! I wish I wasn't, as I love the thought, but these are then the images that wil forever haunt me. You are a trip.

Chessa! said...

I'm with you lady! My husband and I were having this convo with our friends the other night bc they want to go camping. Husband thinks camping is idiotic except when there is a purpose...he has done two big climbs out in California and they were two days climbs so they slept on the mountain. This he feels is worth it bc when he gets to the 14,000ft summit he has a sense of accomplishment. Camping on that hellish mountain is a means to an end...a necessary evil. but camping just for "fun" - I did it once and it was Big Sur and I was 22. It was one night and we still had to put our food in a bear locker. The only reason I slept was bc I drank 4 beers from the local "general store" - so, I'd say "nay":) as far as I'm concerned, I can bbq and drink beers on my roof and sleep in my bed and dream of gentle bears and running water.

ambika said...

I think there's something they put in the water in the Pacific Northwest that makes camping seem like not a big deal. It helps that there aren't many bugs here, nor snakes. But that's just me.

Pyzahn said...

This was soooo damn funny. It brightened my world on a rainy day. I'm so glad I found your blog. Always a treat to be here.

If I could snuggle into a sleeping bag with say...hmmm....George Clooney... then I could probably managed a day or two in the woods.

I love nature, but like you, I like my toilet with four walls and a door

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Haha... my friends are always trying to get me to camp, and I feel the same way as you. Bugs? Sleeping on hard ground? No thanks. So glad I'm not the only one who feels this way.

Kierstin Bridger said...

You funny. Hey all you big city nerds!
Camping is FUN!!!
I am the anti-kb when camping...I get dirty, and sticky from the smores...and I love it. I cook big outdoor meals, sit back, hike, tell long stories, laugh well into the night, bond with fam or fiends, the kids write on the aspen trees with charred sticks, go on scavenger hunts, the adults knock back the "beverages" and we unwind...the smell of bacon on the morning campfire....ahhhh
I promise, if you ever come visit me, I won't take you camping...but I'll want to!

Kierstin Bridger said...

My friend
Nick once wrote a camping list that was the best...something about a 5,000 extention cord, and enough fuel to send a help signal...
coke
razor blades
100 bills

...love Maegan said...

the bloody girl from the descent is KILLING ME ...well and the bear. ahahahahah I fucking hate camping ...and I've had to do it probably about 30 times or so. not.fun. no.point.

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Yes, only if we could stay at the Four Seasons darrrling! 500 thread count beddings or I'll start rolling my eyes now!!! I'm dangerous like that...

carly said...

I THINK OF GLAMPING

it's a morph of glamour and camping...
so glamour camping= glamping
it can be done here
http://www.rockwatersecretcoveresort.com/
and
http://www.pawsup.com/resort/


just make it glamour girl.
youuuuuuuuuu betta wurk.

Lianne said...

I was going to say yah before looking at you choice of camping photos. Hmmm -- I no longer love crawling into a mummy sleeping bag on the cold hard ground to be jarred out of a crappy sleep at 4AM by a group of rednecks playing Def Leopard at full throttle.

Elizabeth Marie said...

I fucking hate camping. I'm kind of an indoor girl. Camping is bullshit, like I dont get why people want to drive for hours to SUFFER? And potentially die with bad hair.

P.S. I just saw a turtle in the little lake outside my condo and consider that camping.

Happy Friday my loveeeee

Savvy Mode SG said...

no i will need shower and all. my idea of camping is a cute cabin with hot shower and food and perhaps hiking in the day time.

K.Line said...

See, you're the kind of girl I wanna hang at a boutique hotel with. Never gone camping. Absolutely no interest in doing so. And my husband and my kid keep pressuring me. (Sending the kid to sleepaway camp this summer - told the husband to bunk on the deck.) Just city wildlife is enough to freak me out.

Hanako66 said...

ha! I'm with you, camping is not my thing. I went camping for 2 nights last year (like in a tent) when Hub was in a 24 hour bike race...

This year, we are borrowing a friend's motorhome.

Gary Heller said...

Haaa! oh man , you are too funny!
i'm with you on some of the sentiment about it, but I could get into some camping. I think i would rather get an RV and cruise the country livin that way . . .

Gabby said...

ahaha! The idea of camping is appealing to me...the reality of it, not so much.

Kosmopolight said...

Hahaha!!! I TOTALLY feel the same way! But I discovered a kind of camping that I DO enjoy last fall. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in Canada has tents with beds, heat, antique furniture, private bathrooms and private showers. Oh, and a gourmet chef. That's MY kind of camping ;)

Milly said...

after seeing all those pics....a big NAY

oh gosh that movie The Descent was sooo good LOl

esther said...

haha! oh great. i'm going camping over labor day. i do like it once i get there, but i hate all the preparation for it. that said, my favorite type of vacation involves a luscious hotel and cleanliness and a beach. :)

Awesome Sara said...

I have never been but I like the idea. tents, space food, bears, sex under the stars. yeah i could do it.

The Beauty File said...

I totally just laughed out loud...at my desk. Those images are SO funny...I camped {unwillingly} a few times & I came home totally messed up because I refused to poop in the woods...I also came home with upwards of fifty mosquito bites & a rats nest for hair.

Mermaid said...

I haaate camping. I once did it for a week in Mexico and I won't ever do it again.

Pop Champagne said...

OMG scary pics lol! I'm not a fan of camping. I paid rent and hydro, so I'm going to sleep on my bed and enjoy my hot water :)

Raina said...

Jews don't camp. Our idea of roughing it is a Ramada Inn.

ASSHOLE BOYFRIEND said...

I'll try camping when I have a break from all this mansex.

Charlotte said...

Love camping but not hardcore backpacking. And now that I have kids there better be flushing toilets and showers or forget it!

Felicia said...

ISH. Camping is on my list of things I don't do.

clorivak said...

I have such a love/hate thing...always wake up regretting it, in a damp, hot as hell tent hungover as F%*#. But the night before with the campfire, laughs and drinks rock...it would nice to be able to bypass the waking up the next morning part.

There is nothing better though than being with friends outside with no walls in site!!!

thereddeer said...

You make it look so wonderful :P

I used to love camping when I was little - but not so much now.

La Couturier said...

After seeing these pictures, a nay!

I've been camping before; it's quite fun & adventurous! I'm not a fan of the bugs. At all. The only downfall. That and being dirty ;P

Bisous,
La C.

Hanako66 said...

ha!

you are hilarious....I just wanted to let you know:)

Jack Daniel said...

I HATE camping. Give me a 5 star hotel and I´m the happiest man alive!

(These are disgusting pics by the way. hahaha)

Kim said...

Amen sister! But I'm afraid that I will have to partake eventually because Shaune LOVES camping and I know he will want to teach Deaglan the same.

Girl Japan said...

Camping, me... oh no.. I feel the same way girl-- hope that does not make me a snob but I'll go for a log cabin camping that comes equipped with high speed internet access, large TV screen, then I can enjoy the sunset, sunrise, marshmallows and such..

I did love camping in a tent at the BEACH when I was young, then my parents upgraded to once of those time share clubs....

Girl Japan said...

p.s. I had to change my e-mail because of SO MUCH SPAM! My yahoo is still working okay though.

Elizabeth Marie said...

I just drunk blogged. Oops. But I gave a little shout out to you of course. Seriously, people are going to think I need a restraining order.

Sasha said...

Now I know why I was always scared when we went camping....I always had all this vision in my head! Now I know I am not the only one!

B. Diederich said...

The "Deliverance" photo cracked me up--mainly because I just had a student try to play some of Deliverance this afternoon....and I had to say "NO!" (Did not need the whole class see someone getting porked on the bigscreen!).

The Cottage Cheese said...

I like camping. I just live in denial that none of that bad stuff's coming to get me. So far it hasn't. If you ever hear a story on the news about a girl named Marsi having been eaten by a bear, odds are it was me.

alissa said...

bleah i hate it. with a passion. i might start a movement against it.

there is a magnet on my fridge of this lady laying in a big poofy white bed and it says 'i love not camping'
that pretty much sums it up!

Dooder City said...

It's funny because when I was like 22 I spent a month in the woods by myself with no tent just living out of my car and now being 28 living in the city full time I am like 'oh god' at the thought of even going a night in the tent.

miriam said...

oh gosh, really?!

i love being out in the nature, but the "no shower" can be a bit hard sometimes...

Carlotta said...

I used to be a scout and I loved to camp..now it's different it seems that we need everything but I'd love to go camping again sometimes (and for few days!)

Andhari said...

I really think it depends on where you go, just a day out in the mountain sounds good and just as long as it's fast. But I prefer having fun in a different way, I guess lol

Underfunded Heiress said...

Oh no! Your freaking me out. I'm supposed to go camping for the FIRST time in two weeks! I hope its all sunrises and sunsets for me. It is in Santa Barbara so....

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

lol! my thoughs are not as bad, since there are no exotic animals in the UK! but still not a huge fan :)

Desert Rat said...

My tent was once attacked by a bear...I'd still camp for a guy but there HAS TO BE a BATHROOM nearby.

chloe said...

oh dude, you nailed it! i friggin hate camping, don't see the appeal whatsoever! your camping moodboard made me laugh :) :) :)

Emily said...

LOL- I adore going camping, but this was hilarious..... -e

gangsta bride said...

man you gotta go somewhere that's kind of camping-y. like the hostel in the forest. you get a tree house so its like you're camping and still in nature n stuff. very cool.

Penny said...

I enjoy camping,but I have to admit,being without toilets and a real bed gets a little much after about 2 days.So 2 days of camping is my limit.After that,I want civilization around me again.

Georgia B. said...

hilarious! i'm so with you on that philosphy.

i found your blog through down and out chic. i also agree with your statement on that post about what makes a successful blog! your blog is great! so interesting to say the least! glad i found it.

Denise said...

Hahahaa, so funny! I kind of agree, camping has plenty of disadventages but I would like to try it out sometime still! (maybe not with the company of grizzly bears though, luckily we dont have them in sweden!)