I’ve come to the realization that I don’t do campgrounds. I much prefer camping out in the wilderness with no one for miles around and only a stream for running water, than being shoved next to loud strangers to sleep on a patch of mud with a smelly communal bathhouse to really make you feel like you’re “roughing it.”
Here is my personal list of pros and cons for staying overnight at a campground:
Pro: Easy. Just back the car right up and unload everything right into your tent.
Con: Easy. Anyone with access to a sleeping bag can sleep there. Loud radios are easy to pack when your car comes equipped with one.
Pro: Extras. Bathroom, showers, clean water, playgrounds… they have it all.
Con: Extras. You can even get sites with electric hook up so you can run your microwave, TV, and refrigerator…when you’re camping. Getting in touch with nature? Nah. Change the channel.
Pro: mmm, I’m out of Pros.
Con: LOUD people. I get out into the woods to escape from our modern society, not be crammed closer to it. If I slept out in my backyard in the city, I would have had a quieter night.
Con: Too much light. I tried to enjoy the stars, but the light from the bathroom was too bright.
Con: Cost. Why pay $20 to set up my tent ten feet away from my car? I can do that for free in my backyard. I know many areas that I can car camp at that are totally free. Just find the right trailhead and set up camp.
That’s all for now. What do you think? Are you a campground camper, or a backwoods camper?