I Hate Camping by P.J. PetersenP. J. Petersen grew up on a farm six miles from Geyserville, California. He says, I was sure that I lived in the most boring place in the world--a prune farm in the middle of nowhere. Since my family didnt have the time or money to travel, I did my traveling through books. I read everything I could get my hands on. Most of my books came from the Geyserville Public Library, which was one tiny room served by the county Bookmobile. I loved the place, especially on the day after the Bookmobile came.
Mr. Petersen wanted to be a writer from the beginning. He had other ambitions, like being an airline pilot and a baseball player, but he always intended to write books.
He was not an immediate success. He wrote seriously for over twenty years without selling a single word. Then he had his best idea--to write a book for his daughter Karen, a seventh grader at the time. He had never written for young people, but he knew the kind of books his daughter liked. That book, WOULD YOU SETTLE FOR IMPROBABLE?, was his first published novel. He has been writing books for young people ever since.
Mr. Petersen lives with his wife, Marian, in Redding, California. He has two grown daughters, Karen and Carla, and two grandchildren, Ryan and Emma. A graduate of Stanford University with a Ph.D. in American literature from the University of New Mexico, he taught at Shasta College from 1964 to December 2000. Now that he has retired from teaching, he is available for school visits, workshops, or conferences.
Why I Hate Camping: Let Me Count the Ways...
If that sounds like you, read on for some simple tips that will transform your camping experience and have you falling in love with camping! Remember the fun you had exploring somewhere new and building dens in the great outdoors when you were a kid? Going camping requires more careful packing than a weekend stay in a hotel. Staying warm and dry should be a priority; looking stylish — not so much, so think warm and practical. Check out how to keep warm when camping in a tent. Being comfortable when camping is the single most important thing that will determine whether you enjoy your camping trip or not.
You can't fool me with your beauty, camping!
I hate camping in Maine, where I grew up, in scenic Colorado where I now live, and will probably hate camping in every other place I end up. I have hated camping ever since the first time I went camping with my parents. I've hated every single camping trip I've ever been on. My most recent camping trip was no exception: eight adults, a one-year-old baby, and way too much stuff. A tent, sleeping bags, sleeping bag pads, pillows, clothes, all the toiletries you could possibly need plus first-aid equipment, flashlights, bottled water, food Camping equipment for one couple can easily fill a backseat and a trunk, with a duffle bag on the roof for good measure. This is not really an option when you have to fit five adults into one car, but somehow, people think they can make it work.
Recently, I did something that I would normally try to avoid at all costs. I went camping. Hey wanna burn a couple vacation days sleeping outside? The thing is, I happen to love the outdoors. I spent most summer weekends in the mountains when I was growing up, and I loved everything about it.
Leave the fancy stuff at home and bring along comfy clothes and sturdy shoes that will keep you warm and dry. Pack smart. The bag you pack for your camping trip should look very different than the bag you pack for your typical vacation. Aside from the gear you will need tent, sleeping bag, cook stove, etc. But leave the fancy outfits and cute shoes behind.