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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Go Wild

I have friends whose idea of "roughing it" is slow room service.

Laugh if you will, but how about those who go "camping" in a 40-foot motor home?

When I was a little-little kid, my family used to go camping in tents. Then Dad got a small pick-up truck with a camper shell. Then a bigger one, a "cab-over camper." Then a longer one, with a shower and built-in toilet. And finally a small motor home (but never a 40-footer: that was my brother's).

True, the comfort (not to say "luxury") was nice. But the more equipment we got, the less it felt like camping.

Until, in my 20s, I used to go backpacking with friends. And in my 30s, I'd head out to the great Southwest in my old Chevy Suburban, and sleep on the ground, cooking on a little Coleman stove on a picnic table or sometimes a rock.

Ah, smell that air!

When was the last time you slept on the ground? (I admit, since I moved to Asia, it's been quite a while for me!)

So go wild. Get out there and carry everything you need on your back for a couple of days. Look Mother Nature in the eye and give her a big hug (plus another, from me).

You'll be happier.

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