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I think at some point, we’ve all felt like the man in the commercial. That idea of wanting to run away and in our minds, visualizing an epic escape to some far away paradise. Obviously, running away is never good but sometimes, we just need that temporary getaway to maintain our sanity. With that being said, one of my favorite things to do when I’m in a dire need to get away is to go camping. And having gone camping recently, I thought I’d like to share some of what I feel makes camping so darn great.
- It allows you to clear your head and organize your thoughts
Distractions, distractions, distractions. There are so many distractions! Television, Twitter, Facebook, video games, you name it. This in addition to other countless distractions are such a big part of our daily lives. Once you go camping, you’re away from it all as there is no such thing as internet or television in the wilderness. No more checking up on what your favorite celebrity is eating for dinner or going to your favorite forum to find the latest in Laker news (Guilty).
All you have left are your thoughts and you are no longer preoccupied nor distracted by outside forces. Giving yourself time to clear and reorganize your mind will leave you feeling emancipated and refreshed once you come back to the real world. Our bodies take in a great amount of mental stress, and camping as a means of mental detox might just be what the doctor ordered.
- It reminds you just how beautiful and sophisticated nature is
Just a couple of blocks away from where I live there was once an unused area that was populated with countless trees, extending a couple of acres as far as the eye can see. Only recently did they burn it down to make room for large corporations such as Target and Old Navy, effectively making it local town center. We’re always surrounded by corporate buildings and homes that we forget what its like to be in a natural area, free from human interference.
Well, one such place I can name is Kings Canyon, a national park located east of Fresno in Northern California. I’ve been there a number of times but I’m always enthralled and awed by its ageless beauty. Here is one of my favorite spots when I was hiking:
- Great opportunity for exercise
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Finding time to exercise can be so tough with all those daily obligations we have to deal with such as work and school. When you’re camping, you’ll find yourself walking around all the time, whether its to the bathroom or to gather water. But of course, you’ll want to do some hiking if you want to break a sweat.
All national parks have a numerous amount of trails that can range between 2-16 miles. For those that don’t hike or exercise often, I would recommend around 4-6 which should give you a fairly good workout. Usually, the trails feature some kind of awesome natural treasure at the end which gives you incentive to hike in the first place. Believe me when I say you will feel invigorated and accomplished once you reach your destination. Here are some gems that I found along the way to my goal:
- You get a quality night’s sleep with fresh air
There really is no comparison when it comes to getting some quality sleep camping compared to when you sleep in your home. Night and day folks. I guarantee you will feel like a million bucks when waking up! I believe the reason for this is mainly due to the quality of the air that the wilderness provides. I won’t go into great detail, but its a given that many of us are exposed to various toxins, thus affecting the quality of the air we breathe. And so, the unadulterated air in the wilderness can only do your body some good. Scary part is, we’re probably not getting enough of it!
- Food tastes amazing!
I don’t know if it is just me but whatever I eat camping tastes a hundred times better than if I were to eat the same back at home. Perhaps it is the fact that there is nothing else to eat but whatever is in front of you. My mom always told me if you starve enough, any food, including the ones you hate with a passion will become edible. Only caveat is the fact that you have to deal with a horde of flies and bees which can get incredibly annoying in a hurry.
- It makes for a great opportunity to bond
It has gotten dark, and the refreshing but ice cold breeze hits your face as you work quickly start a fire that will be your oasis for the rest of the evening. With the rest of your companions feeling the same need for warmth, they congregate around you and so a night of quality bonding goes underway as the stars watch with envy.
Romantic, is it not? I’m a sucker for all things romantic so my apologies to those who threw up a little. You know you appreciated my poetic genius though! Okay, I’ll stop. 😀
But in all seriousness, camping can be such a great way to bond with those who’ve accompanied you on your trip. Given that you’re around them for most of the time, it is only natural that there might be a sense of closeness and solidarity as you get to know one another to a greater level. Camping is a kind of journey that brings people closer as they are experiencing it together.
“And there’s no stopping us right now, I feel so close to you right now…”
You must be convinced by now…
Honestly, when I was younger I did not fully appreciate the benefits of camping but as an adult who has stress to deal with, I appreciate it so much more. Camping is a wonderful experience that everyone should enjoy at various points in their lives. The wilderness just has this therapeutic element that helps heal and restore the mind, body, and soul. So grab your tents and mosquito repellent and find your nearest national park and indulge in the wonders of nature!