This is a totally random post that I thought would be useful for people that literally have no budget to go on a camping trip. Money is big limiting factor if you don’t have any equipment. Don’t let this stop you. If you can come up with the cash for a tank of gas, I can show you in almost real time where to score deals on camping equipment. Everything you need can be found online. I am focusing on Free Cycle and Craigslist. Don’t forget friends either. I know that my family has extra camping mats, sleeping bags, and tents that we saved just for letting our friends use.
Do you ever take a drink of water from a plastic water bottle and comment on how refreshing the plastic taste is? Absolutely not! Unless the water is ice cold, about all I can ever taste is plastic. If you can taste the plastic, the water bottle is telegraphing a message to you-plastic is leaching into your water. We favor Klean Kanteen stainless steel water bottles and water dispensers for home, travel, and personal use. When I take a drink of water out of a stainless steel container, it takes like water.
As camping fees have sky rocket in the past 10 years, I have been faced with the dilemma on how to keep my wife happy and clean with a hot shower every few days. A hot shower sets up back at least $5. Many campgrounds include free showers. The catch? You need to spend $20+ per night.
This week we headed west towards Ebbets Pass in the Sierra Nevada mountains for a weekend trout fishing trip. I recently turned into a sport fisherman because I am learning to like the things that my wife loves to do. My wife has this fishing bug that I cannot seem to quell. Maybe it will slow down before I start really enjoying it.
My family loves to go car camping every chance that we can get. We retired our Subaru Outback wagon last year because we tend to take more than we need and the vehicle bottoms out and bought an old Ford Club Wagon. We have at least twice the storage capacity and can sleep inside the van. The improvement was worth the cost.
I need to be honest here and tell you that sport fishing is not my favorite pastime. My wife is determined to make me a sport fisherman. I fish for food. It’s a means to the end-I fish when I am hungry. I have only “fished” once in my lifetime for the sake of fishing and I really did not enjoy it. It may be hard for you to believe that I acted as a fishing guide on the waters of Lake Minnetonka as a young boy and was paid for it. I knew where and how to fish for crappies, blue gills, and sun fish. It was about as hard as showing someone where the sun was going to set-in the west.
If you are driving the scenic byway through Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah, Calf Creek Falls BLM campground is a nice resting place. While I have read from other campers that’s it’s not the ideal place to camp, I will tell you otherwise. We found a nice shady spot to park ourselves all day. My kids played and splashed in the creek for hours. The creek is very refreshing on hot days. My wife lounged by the creek with a nice book and rested most of the day. I consider this campground a little oasis in the desert.
Lick Creek Campground
We had a wonderful time camping at Wallowa Lake Campground in the Wallowa Mountains. However, we sure missed the peace and quiet of dispersed camping in the national forest. We washed our clothes, scrubbed and showered our bodies and decided that we had enough of the amenities of Oregon State Park Campgrounds.