Camp as a noun (also taken from Webster.com):intransitive verb1: to make camp or occupy a camp2: to live temporarily in a camp or outdoors3: to take up one's quarters : lodge
And as taken from Wikipedia:
1a place where a group of people live for a short time in tents or cabins2a small, simply constructed, and often temporary dwelling3an often small house for recreational or seasonal use
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 tent, caravan, 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.