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Your Best Camping Experience?

Sunset In Maine

Image by Hambo

Taken while camping in Acadia National Park, Maine.

If you’re up for backpacking, little Yosemite Valley and anywhere else farther up the John Muir Trial is awesome, plus if you’re hiking to Half-Dome or Clouds Rest its a perfect place to spend the night.If you are not into backpacking, you are not going to find a legal secluded campiong spot away from other campers and near water anywhere accesible by motor vehicle in Yosemite NP, unless you go during a period of unusually horrible weather that turns away the crowds.Upper Pines is nice if you don’t mind the crowds.

OKINAWA ! Maeda Flats - Gun Cave Beach

Image by Okinawa Soba

From the bluff, looking northeast over the Gun Cave Beach. An overcast December day, 2006. Two of my three daughters looking up from below. At the water’s edge, two skin divers adjusting their flippers before floating out over the pools filled with tropical wonders. The beach below has a 100-yard shoreline.

Floating on the hazy horizon, and just touching the left frame line of the image, you will see a very small triangle formation (probably easier to see with the ALL SIZES button). That is the center peak of the small island of IE JIMA, where the American war correspondent ERNIE PYLE was killed during the WW2 Battle of Okinawa. It is a 30 minute ferry ride from Motubu Peninsula (also seen on the Horizon above and beyond the sea-rocks in the photo).

“Maeda Flats” is the long-standing American name for this shallow, blue and green coral reef along the East China Sea just south of Maeda Point. It is only about 20-30 minutes north of Kadena Air Base, depending on the traffic, or the route you take to get here. For us, it’s a little closer, being about 10-15 minutes from home.

The Flats are faced with a half-mile stretch of several hidden coves and “private” beaches like this one, all separated by narrow walls of high, coral outcroppings such as the one I am standing on to take this picture. On the other side of the rock wall seen at the far end of this beach, there is another hidden beach as just like this one, and more beyond that. There are even a few behind me.

While Maeda Point itself (700 yards away) is serviced by a large parking lot and scenic lookout pavilion (usually packed with tourists, and scuba divers descending a long staircase down to the sea), the adjacent beaches such as above see very few visitors.

The trails that lead to these beaches are not shown on the tourist maps. Usually, just the locals (like us) and the beach and reef-loving members of the US Military pass the “secret knowledge” of these spots on to each other. Great places to have beach parties, family picnics, walk the dog, and…. and other activities I can only mention in my posthumously-published memoirs.

By the way, the above pictured beach can usually be had all to yourself — and that’s why we come to this one…..slipping down the trail between the old Okinawan tombs, and onto the beach and tidal pools. There is an old WW2 cave cut into the rocky bluffs over there, just past those camper tents, but hard to see in this pic (try the ALL SIZES button). It was made by the Japanese Military for gun emplacements, but is now just a good spot to take pictures, hide from a squall, or have a roaring fire going all night while camping out.

PHOTO INFO : 1/2 of Full Frame stereoview taken with RBT Stereo Camera. 35mm Fuji Velvia 100 Slide Film. Skylight Filter only. Scanned straight from film. No enhancements or corrections. Posted as is.

NOTE: I am already shooting (Slide Film again) but processing takes a while these days. So, just to show you where I am, these “old” images will do. The place looks exactly like this today (almost 2 years after the above was taken).

20090425 - camping - Clint - passed out, Oranjello - (by Christian) - 3530716108_afa748d3c3_o

Camping Out Photos

Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)

Clint passed out hard and ended up slowly migrating towards the tent until he was halfway in the tent. Carolyn (who also passed out) eventually woke up and helped Clint into the tent, and continued hanging out herself.

Clint.

passed out.

Oranjello the cat, backpack, cat carrier, huge tail, tent.

Elizabeth Furnace, George Washington National Forest, Virginia.

April 25, 2009.

Pic by Christian D.

Originally posted at flickr.com/photo.gne?id=3530716108

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… View my camping-related blog posts at clintjcl.wordpress.com/category/hobbies-activities/camping/

20090425 - camping - Clint - passed out - by tent - (by Christian) - 3530714566_9ec4fa40cd_o

Camping Out Photos

Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)

Clint passed out hard and ended up slowly migrating towards the tent until he was halfway in the tent. Carolyn (who also passed out) eventually woke up and helped Clint into the tent, and continued hanging out herself.

Clint.

Camping Site Supplies

Camping trips are a great way to spend time outside and enjoy a vacation. If you are going to be going on a camping trip, you are probably wondering where they best place to find all of the supplies that you need is, and what supplies you are going to need. The type of supplies that you need may depend on the camping trip, where you are going, how long you are going to be going and what kind of gear you will need. You can find all of the gear that you need and be able to get great styles, selection and quality for an affordable price. One place to save is by clicking on the following  that is underlined :       Kelty Outlet Sale - Up to 60% off,    or clicking below:

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Camping site supplies include a number of different types of gear that you are going to need to be sure that your camping trip is safe and that you have what you need. Some of the gear that you will have to make sure that you have include a tent, cooking supplies, sleeping bags, equipment, and the right tools. If you are ready to start on your camping fun, you will need to stock up on the camping supplies that you need. You also want to consider the type of tent that you have so that you can choose the right amount of gear to take with you to safely store in the tent, and the type of sleeping bags that are needed.

You will also need to make sure that you have the right cooking equipment and eating utensils that are going to last you for the camping trips that you want to take. You can find the camping site supplies that you need online, and you can also learn more about the different supplies and gear that you may want to try. Some people choose to buy a number of different supplies that make it easier to start fires with, cook with and stay safe with. You will also need to study the area that you are going to be camping in to make sure that you have all of the necessary gear that you will need.

The amount of supplies that you buy depends on the length of the trip and how much you are going to need to bring. You will want to make sure that you have all of the necessary gear that will help make your camping trip a fun time and can also help protect you in the outside. Be sure to research online what kind of camping supplies you are going to need. You will also want to look for the additional camp site informing that can help you get what you need to make it a good trip.

Camping Backpacks

1 Person Tent

2 Person Tent

3 Person Tent

4 + Cabin Tent

Camping Chairs

Camping Stoves

Camp Cookware

Sleeping Bags

Air Mattress

Sleeping Pad

Sleeping Cots

Camping Accessories

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