Monday, July 9, 2012

Whew--I Didn't Know that Camping Could Be So Vicious

Wow--I made a simple comment this weekend on Facebook that really hit a nerve with a couple of my friends from high school.  It was one of those things where it reminds you of the question, "With friends like that, who needs enemies?"  It also drastically showed the lack of tolerance some people have for different lifestyles.

What brought this about was a simple comment I posted on my wall.  We were at a campground in our camper in 105 degree heat.  Our camper had been sitting in the sun all day and shortly after we arrived, the power for the entire campground went out.  Needless to say, our camper was much hotter than outside.  I don't think anyone in the campground was very happy about this, not even the tent campers who rely on the power for fans, lights, and so forth.  I posted this on my Facebook wall:  100 degrees.  Full campground.  Power overload.  Unhappy campers (making a play on a favorite saying of mine--happy campers).  Wow--I didn't know I had to be armed when making a simple comment on Facebook among friends, but I guess I did.  I received flack for making a reference that I was camping since I wasn't backcountry camping with a tent.

You know what?  There isn't any other word for it but camping.  So, for anyone who thinks staying in a campground (or anywhere for that matter) in an RV isn't CAMPING, here is a lesson for you.  The definition of camp, as taken from is:
intransitive verb
: to make camp or occupy a camp
: to live temporarily in a camp or outdoors 
: to take up one's quarters : lodge

Camp as a noun (also taken from

a place where a group of people live for a short time in tents or cabins 
a small, simply constructed, and often temporary dwelling 
an often small house for recreational or seasonal use 
And as taken from Wikipedia:
Camping is an outdoor recreational activity. The participants (known as campers) leave urban areas, their home region, or civilization and enjoy nature while spending one or several nights outdoors, usually at a campsite. Camping may involve the use of a tentcaravan, motorhome, cabin, a primitive structure, or no shelter at all.

So, by all definitions, I WAS camping!

I admire backcountry campers.  I do.  I can see the beauty of it and wish I had had the opportunity to do so when I was younger (never knew anyone who did and never thought about it myself).  But at 45 with a back and neck injury, backcountry camping is just not appealing to me.  About 12 years ago, the last time I slept on the ground, I was in horrible pain for weeks and required many treatments just to get me mobile again.  Add to that arthritis in my back and knees now, I have zero desire to sleep on the ground again.  Ever. So, my husband and I chose the route of a camper and we love it immensely, as do our children.  We can do all the outdoor stuff that tent campers do all day, but have the comfort of a bed and AC at night.  What is wrong with that?

But back to my Facebook post.  I felt like I had to "defend" my camping position (even though I never actually called it "camping").  It was all very ridiculous and sort of, well, high-schoolish.  And if people want to think they are better than me because they backcountry camp, go right at it!  You choose one lifestyle, I have chosen another.  And I even though I respect your choice, you don't have to respect mine.


Real Life Deals said...

Sorry you had to deal with that Ann. I actually saw your initial post and had a great chuckle over your choice of words and play on words. I love camping of all sorts! Anyone who is actually getting out of their house and experiencing life in the outdoors is doing something great! Whether you choose to hike back to the far country, sleep on the ground or have a few benefits of luxury - have yourself a ball in the great outdoors! Glad you guys get to enjoy family time and nature too!

Julie Wood said...

Wow, I do not see why people would be so offended about your use of the word camping! Some people get to technical about things that are not that important! There are so many other things more important than being concerned about the word camping! My sister camps like you do! And yes it is called camping!

Some Lucky Dog said...

I just have to shake my head at people like that. Those "purists" need to get off their high horses and get a life! I can think of a few other situations where they'll try to belittle and heckle you, but I won't name them for the sake of keeping the peace :)

Beth said...

I saw your comment on fb, too, and I agreed with you. Hot is hot, no matter where you are. And sometimes, in an RV it can be smothering if there is little to no air circulation. I actually prefer to 'camp out' in hotels. :) But, that's just me. lol.

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