Originally Posted by hotfishtacos
David, I posted this because it is pretty crazy sometimes seeing what is being offered for camping. Your ranting about wasteful campers is amusing because it is all a matter of perspective. A backpacker who carries their camping gear on their back may say you are very extravagant with your 5.0 Fifth Wheel rig pulled by a 3/4 Ton V-8 Truck. "Extravagant" is a matter of perspective. This is all in fun.
This is me. I literally spent 1/3 of my late teens to mid 20's in the backcountry. I only worked enough to make some scratch to afford to head back out again, summer or winter. We never looked at forecasts, just went. I used to call RVers Gorby's, and scoff at them, saying "They call that camping?"
Well, my tune has changed a bit, BUT I still enjoy hiking, canoeing and backcountry skiing, for multiple days. Went on a short weekend backpacking trip a few weeks ago, and will be doing a 5 day canoe trip next month. Yes, there are lots of young folk out there, BUT there are tons of folks my age (57), and many well older.
I bought a tent trailer to get my young children out into the wilderness, mostly boondocking with them, or camping at forestry sites. Once they were old enough, they came with up backpacking and canoeing, and still do now that they are adults.
Of course I prefer the new fantastic bed in my trailer, but I would trade it in in a heartbeat to sleep on my down air mattress in the backcountry. I still do believe that this is the ultimate in camping, and my frame of mind most definitely agrees. In our canoe club, I am considered a youngster, with many in their 60s and 70s canoeing and sleeping in tents.
Oh yeah, and I still love mountain biking. I still go on the hard technical single tracks mostly, though am a bit more cautious when blasting downhill.
Originally Posted by PGDriver
The only thing that really bugs me is when someone cuts through my campsite and doesn't pour me a glass of wine.
You gotsta know that would certainly not be me. Meeting people and sharing (stories and wine), is a good part of our RVing, and the reason we prefer to spend all of our time outside the trailer during the day.
Originally Posted by MarksAlot
Any kind of hot tub needs chlorine, additional chemicals and testing equipment to ensure the water is safe to immerse yourself in. Just using 250 gallons of untreated water can get you seriously sick.
Heavens no, we have set up portable hot tubs lots in the past, some while camping. Maybe if they were being set up for weeks. We just get a bucket brigade going to the river to fill it up, add the heat, and partake in some spirits, and sit back and enjoy. I am definitely not in Dave's camp in scorning hot tubs while camping.
I do believe that we should be responsible though, like in areas with water shortages, but to outright shed hatred on the idea, is out of line.
I also agree with more of a user pay system, where there is a smaller base camping fee, and additional fees for electricity and water (if not abundant).
ANYWAY, back to the original post. Cool find Steve, thanks for sharing.