08 July 2006

One Happy Camper

Twenty years ago this week, I camped in the Vermont woods. In my own tent. Roughed it. Cooked over an open fire. Hiked mountains. Swam in a creek. Ate s’mores. Sang campfire songs. Battled bears. One of the best trips of my life. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.

And, sadly, the last time I went camping.

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At 7/08/2006 11:28:00 AM, Blogger haahnster said...

Were you stalking J.D. Salinger?

Oh, wait, you said Vermont not New Hampshire...

Never mind.

At 7/08/2006 11:33:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

Nope; Tim Sandlin's the author I plan to stalk.

[BTW, I was just leaving a comment at your place. We must be on the same blog schedule.]

At 7/08/2006 11:58:00 AM, Blogger Benny said...

Why's that the last time you went camping??

I used to dream about stalking Salinger, but then I realized he is now an old man. I heard he still sends letters to beautiful young girls, but his taste seems to wander all over the map. Plus, I'm probably too pretentious for him. Plus, my vegetarianism isn't strict enough and I roll my eyes at zen.

I read Franny again a few nights ago. A lot of critics have been poking holes in Salinger's little body of work- seems the trendy thing to do, to say that Catcher "hasn't aged very well." WTF is that supposed to mean?? It was written in the moment! I read Catcher when I was 13 and related to it. So did my brother when he was 13. We both laughed out loud, too. Salinger himself might've aged funny, but his writing is still entirely readable and entertaining. And I love it even more because I'm a nostalgic kind of person, even if my nostalgia is pretentious.

Critics are just pointless sometimes.

But back to sleeping in the back country... ;-)

At 7/08/2006 06:44:00 PM, Blogger Jamey said...

Next time you go, let me know and I'll lend you a bigger tent! One you can have a party in!!! (with the bears???) Sounds like fun, I would love to do that! How long did you camp?

At 7/09/2006 04:51:00 AM, Blogger Jack Hartley said...

Battled bears!?!

Sounds like an adventure and a half!

At 7/09/2006 04:48:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

B: I have no idea why I've never been camping again. My family didn't camp, so I've had just a handful of camping adventures. Anyone want to take me camping this fall?

JAMEY: I'll hold you to the tent loan, since the one in the photo was the beau's. We camped there for four nights, if I remember correctly. His family owned an entire mountain in Vermont.

JACK: Battled them with my bare hands. And still here to tell the tale.

At 7/09/2006 05:37:00 PM, Blogger Grant Miller said...

Camping scares me. Makes me think I'll run into the Manson Family or something. But glad to hear you liked it!

At 7/10/2006 09:36:00 AM, Blogger gizmorox said...

Yay, Vermont! :)

At 7/10/2006 10:27:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

GRANT: You've spent too much time in Elmhurst.

GIZMOROX: I'm so jealous that you grew up in Vermont.

At 7/10/2006 06:28:00 PM, Blogger Jeremy said...

Battled bears? Maybe "battled" should be something more along the lines of . . . planned a political takover with the". I'm reporting you to Colbert Nation for fraternizing with bears. Stephen will not be pleased.

At 7/10/2006 07:37:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

Please, Jeremy, don't report me to Colbert! That was 20 years ago, when I was young and foolish!

At 7/11/2006 08:00:00 AM, Blogger gizmorox said...

I just get excited when anybody's heard of Vermont. I've met so many people who think it's part of another state. Or maybe up by Montana, right? Morons.

I love my state. Except for that whole cold thing.

At 7/12/2006 07:49:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

I can see how you'd love your home state, Gizmorox. I was ready to move there. Would still consider it ... except for that whole cold thing.

At 7/12/2006 11:27:00 AM, Anonymous HollyC said...

My idea of camping is a room at the Four Seasons...I kind of like a mattress and a pillow (and a toilet and a shower)

At 7/13/2006 04:47:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

That's my normal camping style, Holly ... but it was wonderful.


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