Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

July 20, 2012

Camping is fun for some

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Each year I look forward to going camping.

There are many things I enjoy about camping.

I love sleeping in a tent, roasting hot dogs over a campfire, making S’mores and staring up at the star-filled sky before turning in for the night.

I also love camping because it is absolutely the best stress reliever ever.

The only downside to camping for me and for others who go with me is the amount of “stuff” I end up taking.

And by “stuff,” I mean camping gear.

Here is a list of some of the things I take with me on a camping trip: A tent, sleeping bag, lantern, a strand of Christmas lights, an electric coffee pot, a dishpan, towels (bath and kitchen), a hammer, a tarpaulin, a clothes line, paper plates, plastic cups, plastic silver wear, paper towels, charcoal lighter, charcoal lighter fluid, bug spray, dish detergent, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, deodorant, a cooler full of food and soft drinks, a pickup truck load of firewood, several flashlights and a good book.

With all of these things crammed into the truck, there’s barely room for anyone to sit or to drive, but I manage.

I’ve had many people to ask me, “Why do you take all that junk with you?”

I simply reply by telling them all of it is necessary for camping.

I need the tent to sleep in.

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