It’s been a very busy time recently for myself and my wife’s. We haven’t had much time to actually bond with each other since the year 2000. That was a long decade! So you would think that we would have had plenty of opportunity to need to have long talks and conversations – in fact, I would think everyone in our immediate family has had plenty of opportunity to talk to each other.
Well, here is a surprise for you. Our last family vacation was actually in our mountainbox! gasp! It was right next to the… er… barn! Me and my wife spent a week together this past summer visiting with our neighbors and extended families. We visited a few of our family members, who lived up North. Of course, we also visited everyone’s family in the South and got to know them a little better. Agriculture is a very important part of our country’s economy, and we just went through a very exciting 5 years. Talk about stress!
So, you might ask yourself, why not – why not – decide to do a little networking and build a relationship with someone who can help you organize your family’s next camping trip and maybe even be your next family member? Well, you would be surprised at how many people are willing to help you find the right location for your next family vacation. These people are smart! They know where you want to go! So if you are ever in need of help, you can always hit the road and find a friend, whether it is a neighbor, a family member, or a campground manager.
Now I am all for camping. You spent a fortune to get those tickets, so you might as well enjoy them, right? Well, come on. Take a deep breath. forehead. nose. eyes. prepare to meet the person who helped you find that location, or better yet, a location help you find that person.
Since I have been camping so many times, I have had to rethink my approach a few times. Am I willing to accept that people will be mean and grouchy? Am I willing to accept that people won’t be as courteous as they could be?
Well, I am not surprised at all. Whales are amazingly sensitive to sound. The fact that they have developed the ability to “hear” such sounds suggests to me that they also have significantly more sense than many of our electronic devices.
The fact that I can remember picking up my backpack and walking to the bathroom many times without hearing the toilet close by, is a testament to mammals in general. People are not usually as cheerful or interesting as automobiles or machinery. Life is generally a lot more peaceful and relaxing when you are not surrounded by the noise of technology. Of course, there are always exceptions. The unexpected can always catch you off guard, so here are a few things you should know when going camping next time:
1. Like the rest of the world, you place an extremely high value on your personal belongings. In fact, you often take more items with you than is necessary, rather than less. When you place an unusually high value on your backpack, you naturally want to take every item of value with you. Make sure you have a list of all the items you need. Ask yourself if you can leave behind items such as that of a cellular phone, pen, or laptop computer.
2. Weight is something you want to consider, especially if you are hiking through the backcountry. A lighter pack will help you wear less. You want to carry a balance of things. With backpacking, the lower the load, the more comfortable you will be.
3. You don’t want things that “flap” open with each other. You will have a hard time carrying a pack if each itemachesangesopen with each other. Talk about loading “the canyon back way.”
4. If you are used to carrying a pack, notice how your posture changes whenyou no longer have to carry a pack. You will immediately lose the feeling of heavyweight, but retain the feeling of elegance. Use it to advertise how awesome you are.
5. You can learn to carry a pack, evenpee. It helps you become more aware of your muscles and ligaments. Yimingo, anyone?
6. You become more capable of “controlling your Harley,” the most inefficient way of traveling known. Even ifperformable, theHarley contains twenty percent of your bodyweight, and if you invest the effort, improve your movement and control the speed of your passage.
7. You sing. You laugh. You meet people.