Getting Your Camping Fix

Camping doesn’t have to mean “roughing it” — far from it, these days, with the variety of campgrounds and even styles of camping. You can enjoy nature, while still enjoying the amenities of so-called “civilization,” too — like comfy beds, Internet access, cable TV and, perhaps most importantly of all, indoor plumbing.

Many people who enjoy seasonal camping either stay in a fully equipped cabin, or drive an RV to the campsite, where they can use electricity and water hookups to stay connected and wash their dishes. Some campgrounds have amenities like pools, game rooms, onsite convenience stores, and playgrounds; others have even more extensive offerings, including rides, water slides and organized kids’ activities and crafts.

Of course, those folks who enjoy tenting will always have plenty of opportunity to camp — whether that means car camping, backpacking or even canoeing to the campsite. There, they generally provide their own accommodations, as well as their own fun. Roasting marshmallows and hotdogs over the campfire or making “hobo stew” in a tinfoil packet are fun activities for kids and adults alike. When it’s not chow time, campers can go on nature walks to explore the nearby environment, swim or hike challenging trails, go fishing (where allowed) or just relax and listen to the soothing sounds of nature rather than the incessant ringing and pinging of their smartphones.

Seasonal camping is a very popular hobby, especially for families. One major reason for that? It’s an economical way to travel and vacation. Campsite cost a fraction of what hotels do, even if you opt for a cabin that’s kitted out with furniture, kitchen items and an indoor bathroom. Add in the growing number of campgrounds that tailor entertainment options for children, as well as the opportunity to teach kids about nature while still providing them fun activities, and it’s easy to see why so many people go seasonal camping each year. A tent, an RV or a cabin — it’s your choice!

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