Longing for Camping

Campfire ~ scm

By Sandy

Camping…it is something my family and I have always enjoyed. Even though this is not the time of year most people think of camping, I have been longing for another outing. Maybe it’s because of the weather that I am missing this activity.

For years our family always went tent camping. I remember a time when all we would take with us was what we could carry on our back. We would drive as far as the road would take us, then with the kids in tow and backpacks on, set out walking to the “perfect spot”. Just spending the weekend with the kids, enjoying nature, and being away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is such a wonderful way to relax and spend quality family time together.

Now that the kids are older, we do our camping a little differently, but still have a wonderful time. If asked to name our favorite camping places, my bet is that both my kids’ answers would be Cades Cove and Lake Chatuge.

Cades Cove Wildlife ~ scm
Biscuits ~ scm

Sitting by the campfire, listening to my parents, family and friends tell childhood stories, making smores, cooking biscuits on a stick over the fire…these are the memories of camping I will always cherish. Yes, I said biscuits on a stick…if you’ve never tried it you should. It’s simple, all you need is a long branch off a tree, such as birch (not any type of tree will work, due to giving the biscuit an odd taste) and what we call whop biscuits (canned biscuits). Once the biscuit is done and you have taken it off the stick, grab some of your favorite jelly, fill the biscuit and enjoy a mighty tasty snack. There is even a website Biscuits on a Stick that gives detailed instructions on how to fix them and to of course sell you a special stick!!!

Fun in the Sun ~ scm

LAKE CHATUGE…Can we all say Ahh…What a wonderful place and way to spend a relaxing weekend. Sitting at the edge of the water, enjoying the sunset, while watching the ducks and geese land nearby. Yes, I’m a little spoiled, but my most favorite thing to do at the lake is grab a book, take the pontoon out to our favorite cove and read while soaking up some rays. But wait, you can’t go to the lake without playing in the water, so jumping in to play with the kids is also great fun. After a good long day of relaxing on the water what better to do than…you got it…sit around a campfire fixing biscuits. Ok we don’t sit around the campfire every night, so on those nights, it’s a great time to play cards or dominos. No matter what your favorite outside activity is, just enjoy being out in the great outdoors. If you’ve never been camping and don’t have a clue where or how to start remember there really is no right or wrong way…just have fun!!!

There are many books at your local Library on Camping and the Smoky Mountains that you can check out if you want to do some  additional research, so come see us and get ready for the simple but grand adventure of camping!!!