Roughing it! Why Leave The Comforts Of Home?

Why Go Camping?

 

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  • Is it the Forest Bathing?  Do the trees emit oils that replenish my body?
  • Is it the Ions near the ocean?  I feel more in balance when I am near water. 
  • Is it the Silence in the presence of nature.  My breathing slows down.  I have a sense of peace and belonging.

 

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Getting There

 We are all packed and excited to get on our way.  We are heading to Long Beach on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.   

This campground is fully booked almost a year in advance.  The sites are a hot commodity, almost as difficult to obtain as tickets to U2, Pink, and Justin Bieber.

It takes us approximately six hours to drive to the West Coast.  No ferry travel, which is a bonus.  We travel through lush forests and beside beautiful lakes.  10 Reasons Why You Should Not Live On The Island

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We Bring The Basics

  • Eight foot camper.  Easier than a tent.
  • Tarps.  Tarps.  And more Tarps.  My husband is the Griswold of camping.
  • Layers of clothing.  It is Fall weather with a combination of sun and rain.
  • Camping food.  Everything tastes better outdoors.
  • Many books downloaded on an ereader plus hard copy books.
  • A good, flexible attitude.  Nature and camping can be unpredictable.

 

We Bring Extras

  • Fondue Pot.  A real treat and a tradition for the two of us.
  • Blueberry tea ingredients.  A classic recipe resurfaced from 1970’s camping.  A combination of amaretto liqueur, orange liqueur, hot Earl Grey tea or Orange Pekoe tea.
  • Propane campfire.  Campfire bans are often in effect.
  • More tarps.

 

8 Reasons I Love To Go Camping

1.  I spend uninterrupted time with my husband.  Our discussions contain topics we don’t delve into at home.  These topics often contain the truly important layers of our life. 

Our discussions often contain silence.

       “When you can sit in perfect silence with someone, you truly know how to

                          communicate.” Richard Wagamese

 

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2.  I go for long hikes. 

3.  I watch the sunset. 

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4.  I see the stars and the planets at night. 

5.  I take many photos giving me new perspectives on my surroundings.

 

 

6.  I can read all day and not feel guilty how I should be getting more accomplished at home. I indulged in many books this past week.  (see bottom of page)

 

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 7.  The Sound of the Ocean.  The Sounds of the Birds.

                             The Sounds of Silence. 

8.  Ocean and lakes as far as the eyes can see. Untouched old growth forests.  Open spaces.  

                It is in these Spaces where I feel most Whole. 

 

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Why Leave The Comforts Of Home?

Many great books are available on the Blue Zones and the concept of Health, Happiness and Living our Best Life.  One of the books I just finished reading is “The Blue Zones of Happiness” by Dan Buettner.  This book reinforces and  summarizes many of the concepts we have learned about enriching the quality of our life.  

Hundreds of factors affect our happiness. The research shows how 40% is what we can affect through our behaviour.  Most of us are familiar with:  exercise, eating healthy, meditation, declutter, minimalist lifestyle, surround ourselves with positive, supportive people, to name a few.

Buetnner’s book contains research from Sonja Lyubomirsky.  She wrote a popular book a few years ago “The How of Happiness.  She discusses,  

          “the challenge lies in sustaining the new level of happiness.”

Lyubomirsky cautions, 

“If you repeat the same happiness-boosting strategies too often, they begin to feel routine.  They lost their ability to lift your spirits.”

 

 

We need to vary our activities. This concept can apply to our nutrition and diet. It can also apply to exercise, stretching and maintaining a healthy body. 

Marty, from  Snakes in the Grass  shared in  The Core of it All   how his chiropractor advised him,  doing the same sequence of stretches will lose it’s benefit over time.  We need to mix it up.  Our body does not derive the same benefit from doing the same, routine activities over and over again.  

For me, camping falls into this category.  I benefit from a change in my surroundings, a change in my activities and a change of pace.

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My Life

I appreciate my day to day life and the comforts of my home.

 I also feel great when I have a change of scenery, I vary my routine and I go camping.

I gain perspective and I feel the harmony, balance, and beauty in nature. 

I rest, recharge and replenish my spirit in solitude.  I am better able to manage life’s challenges.

I am reminded how I am a part of the bigger picture.  I belong here.  I am timeless. 

                          I become my Authentic Self.

                         

 

What activities make you feel your best?  Do you vary your routine?  Have you gone camping?

 

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Blog sites:  Thought-provoking, informative articles on the vast subject of Happiness.  

Kathy:  Smart Living 365   Shares many great posts helping us Live our Best Life.

Nancy:  Defining Third Age  A series of posts sharing information from courses she has taken on the Science of Happiness.

Leanne:  Cresting the Hill    Many interesting articles on the health benefits of “calm” “peace” “serenity” “balance” in our lives.  This specific post discusses the concept of “Unbusy.”  Choosing to be Unbusy in Retirement

 

Books I read on my Fall Camping Trip: 

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis.  I recently saw the “Magician’s Nephew” in Chemainus.  I was curious about the “Chronicles of Narnia” series. 

“The Book of Life” by Deborah Harkness.  Book three of “Old Souls Trilogy, A Discovery of Witches.” I read the first two books last Fall.

Embers” Richard Wagamese.  A book filled with rich, yet simple words containing a wealth of wisdom.  I LOVE this author.  This author was brought into my life by a lovely, smart, wise, intuitive, family member.  You know who you are.  Thank you for sharing your light.

The Blue Zones of Happiness” Dan Buettner 

A Mother for my Twins” by Jill Weatherholt.  I met Jill this past year following her blog site.  I was immediately pulled into this engaging story and I read the entire book in one evening. Suspense, characters you love, the concept of choices and forgiveness.  I did shed some tears at the end.  jillweatherholt.com 

 Better Blogging with Photography” by Terri Webster Schrandt.  An amazing photographer with a very interesting blog site.  Many gems in this book.  Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

“The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron

“Habits for Success” by Brian G. Benson

 

 

 

 

114 thoughts on “Roughing it! Why Leave The Comforts Of Home?

  1. I’m not a camper but I feel many of these same feelings when we go to the beach for a vacation. We go during off season to avoid people and love the quiet. We rent a house so we have privacy. The water in itself has always been soothing for me. Lifts off all the cares of life even if just for a week or so. Sounds like you have a great vacation!

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  2. Loved this story and the beautiful pictures! I love being out and about and enjoying all mother nature has to offer, that being said it is very handy to have Chuck and his tarps along.

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    1. Totally agree, Eduarda. I do appreciate Chuck when it starts pouring🙂I had my story pretty well drafted out when we were camping. As I shared with you, trying to narrow down the photos is the challenge. Two photos of the sunsets from the two hundred. LOL. Life is tough:) Thanks for listening to me😊

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  3. We haven’t done a lot of camping per se, but we adopt much of that lifestyle whenever possible and often it feels more like glamping. Neither of us wants to compromise a comfy bed, hot water and so on for actual tents, but we love being in nature and by the ocean whenever possible.

    Very interesting reading about blue zones and the nine common demoninators. I better start to increase my wine intake 🙂

    Peta

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    1. Hi Peta, I see how you and Ben have similar philosophies on loving nature and many of your stunning photos are by the water. I feel we are somewhat “glamping” in a camper. It definitely makes a difference when it is pouring. Nice to have a change of pace:)🙂

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  4. My favorite place to be is by the ocean. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos, Erica! Aw..I’m so happy you enjoyed A Mother for His Twins. I really appreciate you reading it and mentioning it here on your blog. It’s comments like yours that keep me writing when the self-doubt takes hold. Thank you, Erica. xo

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    1. Hi Jill, I enjoyed this book for the reasons I mentioned. I cannot remember the last time I sat down and read a book from cover to cover. My camping time was perfect to enjoy this indulgence.😊 I look forward to reading more books you have written. Thank you for your lovely comment. xo

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  5. Hi, Erica – There are many brilliant gems in this post. A wonderful highlight was the recipe for Blueberry Tea. I haven’t had B.T. for many years and was recently trying to remember the recipe. I was also glad to see you reading A Mother for His Twins. I have already ordered my copy. I look forward to it arriving this week. I agree with you about both the importance of shaking up our routines. Many of the advantages of camping that you mentioned, I have also experience on the Camino Trail (mins the fondue pot)! 😀

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    1. Thanks Donna, This was a longer post than usual. I wrote it while camping since I had more time to just relax and free my mind. As with many posts, I didn’t know where I was going with it. Yes, the Blueberry Tea. Variations on the recipe. Perfect for a chilly, rainy night! I have Jill’s book on my Kindle app. Otherwise, I would lend it to you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and I can see B.T. In a future meet up. xx

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  6. I have never gone camping Erica but I love being outdoors, watch various moods of Mother Nature, enjoy her soft sounds, watch the stars and sunset time is my favorite. A perfect vacation for me is the one you have described here, I would like a little hiking too and write poetry. Nothing inspires me more than nature.
    Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures, you are a good photographer too!

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    1. You are right Balroop. Nature is inspirational on many levels. My mind feels more clear. I gain perspective on challenges. We debated going to Long Beach on the West Coast since we have been camping there for a few consecutive years. As soon as we arrive, we are always thankful we said, yes. Thank you for the kind comment on the photos.😊 The challenge was choosing only a few pictures for the post:)

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  7. I saw Jill’s book on your laptop and smiled!
    Also like that Patagonia vest even tho vests don’t work for me.
    So many tidbits of rich stuff here – ahhh and yes – do change up my routine and workouts – I guess another thing I like about yoga is we can have yin – long stretches and very quiet – to gentle classes to then power classes with a bit of cardio. 80% of the time I do a gentle class (but the teachers I have make a nice workout stretch) and just the other night my body was telling me it needed a power class – a few days later (forget about desiring that rigorous class) I showed up for a regular class and there was a sub – this guy did a power class and it felt like the class flew by! It was the change I needed

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    1. Hi Yvette, Yes, Jill’s book felt like an indulgence. Especially, when I could now read it in one afternoon/evening while camping. Your comment about yoga is interesting. Even variations in yoga styles (yin, power class) different teachers, can mix up our routine. I have also experienced how the class seems to go faster with a new teacher. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts:)

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            1. I have put “Atomic Habits” on hold at my e-library. A small, interesting point (interesting for our family) is this book is stated as being “Available in 111 days.” The number 1’s have played a significant part in our life when my granddaughter was born on January 11th (111). I wrote a short post about this last year. I am usually quite pragmatic, although, now I feel I was meant to hear about this book and I am curious to read it. lol Long explanation for you, Yvette:)

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            2. Well I look forward to chatting about the book when you get to it – I am sure your list is long and January probably fits right in as well. But so cool with the numbers and I love when things like that line up.
              Sometimes it is our special thing – in San Jose back in 2002 – a lady shared that she always found a dime when god was needing to get her attention – and she had some moving stories’ – I still smile once in a while when I see a dime on the ground – because you know how people’s stories stay with us. And I think that 111 might be coming up again for you !!

              Anyhow – hope you have a great weekend

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  8. I appreciate that you find all of this fun, but no thank you. I like hotels and room service and clean linens. But carry on, my dear. We all can’t like the same things, how dull it would be if we did!

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    1. You make me laugh here, Ally. I recently caught myself on one of Donna’s posts repeating a tired old joke of mine about how I’m not a camper. So as I started reading this post earlier, I had to remind myself to hold my tongue about that. But you did it for me! 🙂 – Marty

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    2. I really appreciate hotel rooms, too, Ally. Especially after “roughing it” for awhile. My husband does most/all of the work. I am just the helper trying to stay warm. I am very lucky. I agree that this world would be dull if we all liked and did the same things. Ergo, fun to be part of the blogging community and read and learn about other perspectives and everyone else’s life:)

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  9. Hi Erica, I love the sea and nature and I understand the appeal of camping and have romanticized the idea, but I’m also enough of a realist to know it isn’t for me. Is Long Beach possible for a day trip? It is stunning and I would love to see it for myself. My favorite photo is the driftwood at low tide. Looks like you could wander for days without seeing another soul. I agree that even the best routine can become stale and loose its purpose. We were made to evolve, adapt and find happiness within our own set of circumstances and our minds need reflective time to make that possible. Your post and beautiful photographs have definitely created a peaceful respite for my soul today. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Suzanne, A big no on Long Beach for a day trip. Just driving there one way can take the bigger part of a day. You would likely want to stop at some interesting sites along the way. Long Beach is part of the Pacific Rim National Park. Many beaches and trail heads along this area. We stayed at the Federal campground, Green Point Campground. The weather is also very diverse and unpredictable. Thank you for the comment on the driftwood photo. A rain storm was coming in and the lighting and clouds were interesting. We often will be the only ones on the beach, especially when it begins to rain. Suzanne, you have confirmed to me we will continue planning this trip. “Peaceful respite for my soul” says it all. Thank you!

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  10. Watching mushrooms grow or a slug making a bee-line for it’s dinner. Then, three hours later capturing the picture of its conquest. Blue jays, ravens, squirrels all dropping by to see if they can find table scraps. You know you are forest bathing properly when a MINK comes to check YOU out. PRICELESS!

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    1. I still need to investigate that animal. I am not sure it was a mink. I did a mini research and it could be many animals? Could not do the Camping, Roughing it, Tree Hugging thing without you! Appreciate all the work xo

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  11. Erica, you’re a really talented photographer. When I first started blogging on WP, I started following quite a few photo bloggers for some reason. Many of them have dropped off, I’ve noticed. Anyway, your pictures — especially the sunset ones here are absolutely stunning.

    Many thanks for the mention here. I really do continue to feel the benefits of my new-found stretching routine; I feel like this old dog learned a new trick! I’m glad you mentioned the need to change things around. It certainly has helped me.

    It’s always nice to see what other people are reading. I’m going to check out some of those books you listed. – Marty

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    1. Thank you Marty, for your kind comment on the photographs. I have a small Panasonic ZS70 point and shoot and I take hundreds (o.k. Thousands) of photos. The sunsets in this area in the Fall are gorgeous! We had two nights of nice weather and also a lot of rain. It is a bit of a hike to get to the water from our campsite, although worth it. We learned a little secret about four years ago. We saw another couple heading down to the water in the early evening carrying a bottle of wine and two wine glasses. They were trying to be discrete. Now it has become a tradition for my husband and I to do the same thing. We find an area along the beach, often by ourselves, in awe of the fire in the sky. We never know whether this will be the last year we can do this.

      Re: your post, Marty. Your post came to mind since it was a perfect example of the benefits to our health when we mix it up. I am glad this new stretching routine is beneficial:)

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  12. Stunning photographs! You obviously had a great time, though I fall into the group of commenters who feel camping is not for them. My class teacher read us The Lion, theWitch and the Wardrobe when i was 7 or 8 and I’ve been hooked eve4 since. I still reread it every few years, I have the whole set.

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    1. You hike along beautiful areas, Anabel. I am glad you share these sites in your posts. I will see whether I can download the rest of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe series. I immediately enjoyed the imagery and the characters. I can see why it is a classic. Thank you for sharing your thoughts:)

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  13. Hi Erica – Beautiful photos and looks like a wonderful trip you had at Long Beach. Being close to nature and water makes me calm and happy. A change of scenery, away from home, wakes up our senses. I went to see Long Beach when I was in Tofino. The whole Pacific Rim NP Reserve is a paradise that we have in Canada. I marvelled at the stars and planets I saw at night there, too.

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    1. You seem to be close to nature every day, Natalie, especially with your walks. I hope you had some good weather at Long Beach. It does make a difference. We had a mixture of a couple days of sun, rain and sun and pouring rain. West Coast weather. You are right. We are lucky to live near the water. I look forward to reading about your next adventure, Natalie:)

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  14. There is nothing like spending time in nature, in my opinion. So good for the soul. I used to camp up until about my 40s, then my life situation changed drastically. I think I would like to start camping again in retirement. Camping food – yep – stuff you would turn your nose up at otherwise tastes fantastic after a day spent entirely outdoors, especially over a wood fire. LOL!

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    1. I am lucky how my husband does most/all of the work. He even goes overboard with the tarps, although, when it is pouring out I appreciate the shelter. Aside from camping food, I shared some of the camping drinks that go well beside the fire:) Plenty of camping opportunities on The Island. I find that we have to plan dates since all areas get full quickly. We did not know this when we first moved here. It will be fun to connect, Deb:)

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      1. It’s the same with popular campgrounds in Ontario too, Erica. People scramble to book a site when reservations open for the season, I hear. Very different from the last time I camped regularly. Will try a blueberry tea one day, I am sure! Looking forward to meeting IRL next week! 💕

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  15. I love camping! I used to tent camp but now have a small travel trailer. I prefer to not sleep on the ground anymore. I love it for all the reasons you mentioned. Nature, walking, taking pictures, writing and reading. We are going camping in a couple of weeks. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I am with you, Sherrie. We used to tent camp and I prefer above the ground. There were a lot of bear warnings and sightings in the park and I am not comfortable with just a canvas between the two of us. Sounds like you will have a fun camping trip. I love this time of year for many reasons. Do you camp in a specific area?

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      1. Ooh! Bears! Yes, canvas is not enough with them around. But exciting! Since most of our camping is for extended weekends right now we try not to go too far from home. Luckily there are a lot of great places to camp in Pennsylvania! We are hoping the leaves will be colorful. But just crisp air and a camp fire will be great.

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  16. Hi Erica – when I read the title I thought “oh no, I don’t like camping!” but your version of camping is definitely do-able for me. A caravan with a bed, somewhere to cook, somewhere to sit and relax – yes, I could do that. The scenery there is just beautiful and I’m a little envious of it all. We have holidayed in the same spot for the last two years and we’re going back in December – we love the variety of things on offer too – the walks, the beach, the quiet, the quokkas, the lazy pace, being away from home….what’s not to love about holidays? And btw thanks so much for mentioning my blog in your little round up at the end xxx

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    1. Hi Leanne, We have been going to this area the last four years and we debate on whether we should go back. As soon as we get there we are always glad we made this decision. All of your posts are great, Leanne! This specific post resonated with me. The concept of Unbusyness and camping. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Enjoy your December get away. It will be here, soon:)

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      1. Got to love all this Un-busy-ness Erica! Thanks so much for your kind words and for being such an encouragement – I’m so glad we found each other x
        Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

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        1. Thank you for sharing a part of you, Leanne. You may not always be aware when you are making a difference in someone’s life. Possibly, this is what keeps us writing and being vulnerable. Yes, I am glad we found each other. xx

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  17. Sounds perfect for you, Erica. I loved your photographs and appreciate your philosophy. Though camping isn’t for me, I like to get away to appreciate some of the same benefits. That’s an eclectic collection of books you read. Enjoy!

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    1. Hi Norah, I think most people appreciate a change of scenery. This type of camping was still more like glamping. I did have the luxury of time and a few books I wanted to read or I had started reading and I wanted to finish. No wifi/cell meant no distractions. A treat to sit there and immerse myself in books. Thank you for your kind, supportive comment:)

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  18. This reminds me of a quote that I used to keep on my refrigerator: “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” (Seneca)

    This was a great blog, E! So profound and relevant on many levels. It’s just not change of place that imparts new vigor to the mind, but as you write in this fabulous edition, looking at our life and daily routine in new ways and changing it up a bit.

    I try to do that in small ways. Instead of taking the same walking path, I vary it and go a different route. When I remember, I also try to *walk backwards*. I heard that recharges the muscles of the body and brain!

    I love the quote about when you can sit with someone in perfect silence, then you really know how to communicate. That puts a new sheen on the older couple “we” all used to make fun of at the restaurant – you know the ones – they sit across from each other with zero to say! I once read that in order to invigorate a marriage, that a couple should think about doing something different – it could be going on a new walk, trying out a new activity, or going camping and getting out of their rut! You spelled out all the reasons why changing it up can push the reset button.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts and photos. I got so much out of this, even though I am not a camper. I love nature, the stars, planets, rising and setting sun; I like to get out of my comfort zone. In fact I just joined a hiking club in my retirement community. I couldn’t get my husband to join so I’m going “to try” to go myself. I’m feeling a bit shy and reticent, but I don’t want to sit in a recliner for the rest of my days either, hee hee.

    Susan Grace

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    1. Something tells me you are not the stay in recliner type, Susan:) Great quote! First time I have heard this. Thank you for your kind, supportive words. I know how you can relate, Susan, we often don’t know where we are going with a story until we begin writing down our thoughts. I had the opportunity and luxury of clearing my mind on this type of a get away. I started to think about why I enjoy leaving my microwave, my kettle, my bathroom (egad:) and stay in an eight foot camper, often shivering and getting wet. Our style is still a little more like glamping:)

      I am definitely going to try the mix up my walking routes and walk backwards and think about you Susan, when I do this. I do get into routines at home. Great on the hiking club. I would enjoy reading about it. Possibly a new story?

      Susan, I rarely read a book twice and I have read “Embers” by Richard Wagamese twice (on my icloud library app). I want to get a hard copy. It is beautifully written about the creative process and life in general. Few words containing a great deal of wisdom. I know you would love it.

      Not in this specific book, although one of his quotes: You may have heard it before:

      All that we are is story. From the moment we are born to the time we continue on our spirit journey, we are involved in the creation of the story of our time here. It is what we arrive with. It is all we leave behind. We are not the things we accumulate. We are not the things we deem important. We are story. All of us. What comes to matter then is the creation of the best possible story we can while we’re here; you, me, us, together. When we can do that and we take the time to share those stories with each other, we get bigger inside, we see each other, we recognize our kinship – we change the world, one story at a time…”

      ― Richard Wagamese

      For you, Susan 💕

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      1. Dear E,

        Thank you so much for all you shared here and taking the time to quote out of the book “Embers.” I’ll definitely look it up and I so agree with that quote and approach to life. We are not going to take away anything from this life but our soul (at least in my faith system) and that soul carries all the love and stories we’ve accrued and stored up in this lifetime. Nope, the baubles and beads aren’t traveling with us.

        BTW, it’s true that I am not the recliner type of person but someone close to me is…. 😉

        Love
        Susan Grace

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        1. Hi Susan, I was just clearing through my email files and I came across your post from September 27th in my spam folder. This has never happened on one of your posts? I commented on your site.

          The quote beginning “All that we are is story” is the author’s quote although not in the book “Embers.” Thank you for reading and sharing your wisdom and your soul, Susan xo 💕

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          1. Dear E
            Thanks for reading my latest entry which is very close to my heart ❤️
            If you commented, I wanted to let you know that the comment did not take.😢

            Thanks for clarification re source of quote – yes you did specify that in your original comment but it whizzed right past me 😳

            ❤️☘️❤️
            Susan Grace

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            1. Hi Susan, I often type while I read and save comments in “Notes.” So, I copy/pasted from my notes and now it looks like it duplicated the comment. Anyways, minor in the scheme of life. The sentiments are there. I do sometimes find a quirky thing on WP, or maybe I am quirky:). Thanks for letting me know.💖

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  19. I did a lot of camping with my family when I was young. Looking back, it was a wonderful way to get away from our normal routines… although I now realize how much work my parents did (probably especially my mother) to get ready and to keep us three kids entertained and fed. I haven’t been camping for ages, but I do love to get out in the midst of nature. Long Beach is so beautiful! Oh, and blueberry tea… I think I could develop a taste for that!

    Lovely post, Erica!

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    1. Thank you, Janis. 😊 We went camping as children, also, and I had no idea the effort it took preparing for camping (tenting at the time). We also went with our children, even as babies. Note to self, in retrospect, we should have possibly rented a cabin when they were infants. Long Beach had really mixed weather for us this year, and most years. We were prepared for all, although hikes are easier when not raining. I think we will keep doing this type of a vacation while we can, especially the nature part. I think you had okay weather when you were in Long Beach this year?

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  20. There is NOTHING better than getting out into nature and listening to the wind, the birds and the trees. Somehow it puts everything that was out of perspective back into perspective. The fondue pot would be so much fun in the great outdoors (yum!) and seriously, you can never have too many tarps. Just in case.

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    1. We debate on the fondue pot each year, yet we are glad we bring it. It becomes tradition, along with the champagne:) No wonder I like camping:) You are right, Joanne, on Perspective. If I was to settle on one word as to why all the benefits “Perspective.” Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Your pictures from September were stunning!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer for reading and your kind comment. We are grateful to be mobile and live in an area with many accessible hiking and camping areas. I would love to read about your camping adventures:) Erica

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  21. I have rarely camped (we don’t have the gear) but I LOVE nature and quiet and I love the thought of getting away from devices and screens and I love the thought of living the simple life and having *conversations* and reconnecting. You’ve made me want to go camping!! lol 🙂

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    1. Hi Min, I may have glorified camping a bit, since it is always great to come home, too. I did have time to clear my mind and think about why we “rough it.” One other thing that is important to me, is the amazing first cup of coffee of the day while camping. It is high on the priority list. If I recall correctly, Min, you like your coffee:)

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    1. Hi Patrick, I was trying to find your blogging site and your name. I think I find Safari not the best at times. I am glad I now found your name:) Thank you for reading and your comment:) Erica

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  22. I am not so much of a camper or hiker. But I take a vacation and travel. I love seeing new places and people.
    I couldn’t agree with you more, on why we should leave the comforts of our homes.
    The very change in environment recharges our batteries.
    — bpradeepnair.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for reading and your supportive comment, Pradeep. I didn’t give this topic much thought until I was camping this Fall. Well said with “recharges our batteries. I agree:) Erica

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  23. I really enjoyed your words and stunning photos Erica. Much what you say resonates with me except for the camping aspect! We all need to mix things up and find our authentic selves. Sounds a perfect little break away for you both. #mlstl

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    1. Hi Deb, Thank you for your kind comment. I have been sending you and your family lots of thriving and loving karma. I know you have had a challenging period in your life. I have been away (camping lol) and I want to make sure and catch up with your posts/life. xx

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    1. Thank you for reading, Sam. This Fall was still a little more like glamping. We did have a few luxury items. The hot drinks always help. 🙂 Grateful we live close to beautiful areas. I know you are very outdoorsy and appreciate getting out in nature:)

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  24. This looks like such a lovely getaway, Erica!! Gorgeous scenery, quiet contemplation, and deep conversations. Just my cup of tea. 🙂 You managed to make it through an amazing number of books! I love to hike and also to walk along the shoreline of the ocean and listen to the waves crash. I think variety can be nice. A way to fill all the senses. I haven’t done much camping, but I think I’d like to give it a try!

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    1. I am glad we went again to Long Beach in the Fall. Only the two of us go on this trip, which is another level of relaxation and connection. I have seen gorgeous photos of you on the ocean shoreline, Amy. You are right, on how it fills all of the senses. Thank you for your supportive, kind comment 🙂

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  25. Look at how many folks enjoyed this post. Including me!! The format in which you wrote this article is easy to read and allows the reader to pause a sec and ponder. And then your photographs. Oh, my gosh, Erica. Your photographs are stunning. To think you saw that beautiful scenery with your own eyes and then captured it with your own lens. They are all frame-worthy!!

    I need to start working, very gently, on getting my P. Charming to consider trying camping again. Just a weekend, and in a small RV, if we can find one to rent. My parents took us camping as children and I miss it. There is no better peace! And you hit the nail on the head when you said camping allows you to slow down because there aren’t all the chores waiting to be dealt with that we face at home.

    Thank you for rekindling my love of camping. Now to get my PC on board.

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    1. I think you are also, Leslie and Once Upon a Time Blog? I did subscribe to your beautiful and interesting blog. I left you a comment there:)

      Thank you for your very kind, supportive comment. I didn’t know where I was going with my story when I began to write. I think this is how many of us write blogs. I had the luxury of time, clearing my head and being unplugged. I also am grateful for all the work my husband puts into camping. I am just his little helper:) I think there can be many levels of camping or just getting outdoors in nature.

      Thinking about your comment reminds me how this is one of our only get-aways with just the two of us. Another level of relaxation and time for contemplation.

      Thank you for your encouraging words, Leslie (I hope I am correct with your name:)

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  26. What a refreshing and lovely post. Not a camper but definitely enjoy some solitude in nature. we have long stretches of beaches near to us and I enjoy walking there.
    Denyse #mlstl

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    1. Thank you Denyse, for your kind comment. I think the only reason I am a camper at this stage in my life is because my husband does most/all of the work:) As soon as you said the phrase “long stretches of beaches” I let out a sigh. Yes, the solitude in nature. Thank you for reading:)

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  27. We don’t go camping as such although we used to a long time ago! These days we are away from home comforts fairly often – we returned yesterday (not to home) from several days in the bush. Early morning game drives, coffee and rusks and then return to base for a delicious breakfast; then 4.30 p.m. game drives, and drinks at a clearing at sundown. The same drives cover a fair distance and are several hours long – o my goodnesss, to see elephant, rhino, cheetah , lion in the wild. This is heart pumping stuff –

    Thanks Erica/Erika, love your post about being away from home and discovering aspects of the world and of self and partner. Too much of the time we have our eyes wide shut …

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    1. Oh my gosh, Susan, I cannot even imagine the game drives and all of the wildlife. Real life Imax and National Geographic experiences. You exemplify the true meaning of mixing it up, leaving the comforts of home and being immersed in nature. Thank you for reading, Susan, and your thoughtful comment. You said it well, “discovering aspects of the world and of self and partner.” Stay safe in your adventures:)

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  28. First of all, Erica, your beautiful photos make me want to go camping–now! It’s funny, where I live, camping means going up in the mountains. You may be near a lake or a reservoir, but not the ocean. In my mind, camping and visiting the ocean are two different vacations–both of which I love (though camping requires a few creature comforts these days). Being is nature is so healing, and changing up your routine is energizing. Thank you for sharing your trip!

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    1. Hi Christie, Long Beach on the West Coast is a unique area. There is only one Federal campground (no Provincial campgrounds), and many private places to stay. We are very grateful to have access to this area although we have to book almost one year in advance and the sites are gone within seconds. I agree with you on requiring a few creature comforts. 🙂 I have seen many pictures of you in nature, Christie. Definitely healing on many levels. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts:)

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  29. Being late to this party gave me a chance to read all the great comments. Yes, you do look cute all bundled up in your hood and vest 🙂

    I’m a huge proponent of mixing things up. Doing the same old, same old never appealed to me … and neither has camping. Give me the great outdoors, but at night I want comforts!!

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    1. Hi Joanne, I felt a little goofy in my cozy get-up although I did mention staying warm in my story. I like seeing photos of bloggers, such as when you post pictures of yourself in some of your stories:) You definitely like to keep things exciting and a fresh perspective, Joanne, which is why I look forward to reading your posts. I forgot to mention how much I like returning to my own bed, plugging in a kettle and turning on a microwave, among many other things when I get home.😊

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  30. Hi Erica,
    Thank you so much for the shout out…I’m glad that the happiness info is helpful!
    I have had company here all week and have been crazy-busy, so I am just really catching up on my reading. Your post is so lovely and echos all of the most important things about being outdoors and in nature. People have asked us why we need an rv when we have a cottage on a lake in the woods…which is the type of place folks go to camp! Yet, when you are camping somewhere else, it’s different. You are immersed in the environment and just hear, see, smell more. And somehow the food tastes better! (never really figured out why, but it’s true!)
    Your photos are great and really capture the essence of your fall camping experience.
    And thanks again for being so supportive, and for the shout-out to my blog.

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    1. I know what you mean, Nancy, about catching up. Especially with being away and then company. You said it well, Nancy about being immersed in a new environment when you camp or even when in nature. All of our senses come into play. It is our Thanksgiving weekend here and I always have lots to be grateful for. Huge thank you to you, Nancy for all of your support!

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  31. Erica, a gem of a post! You bring us not only to the beauty of the wild landscape but also to the heart of our lives! 😀 How true that only when truly away can one have those rich rewarding conversations, where silence too plays an important role. Yeah! Jill’s book is on my Kindle and I can’t wait to read this … even keener after your ‘review’ here. I’m not a camper, never even tried it but I might be convinced by your posts. But I do love getting away from it all, to the summer houses in the middle of the forest in Sweden during the summer for weeks on end, on short holiday breaks with just my husband and I. I come back refreshed, reenergized, relationships renewed … mixing it up is so good for the soul! A joy to meet you and look forward to reading more of your posts! xx😀🌺🎈

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    1. Thank you Annika, for your very kind, supportive comment. 🙂 I am fortunate on how my husband does most/all of the work when it comes to camping. I get to sit by the fire with my tea and a book. 😊 I have heard how Sweden is exceptionally beautiful with large forest areas. I can appreciate how getting away is good for the soul. You remind me how I should make a point of doing this more often throughout the rest of the year. Thank you for your encouraging words and I look forward to continuing to connect with you:)

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