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  Camping Out Tonight
by Mr. Ed
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.

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“What I like about camping is you can get really dirty.

Either you're all by yourself, so no one else sees you,

Or everyone you're with is just as dirty as you are,

So nobody cares.”


An Anonymous Former Boy Scout


Music:  A Whole New World


As The Great American Backyard Campout now approaches

I’ve now been busy, gathering my treasured old camping gear

And each camping item that I fondly find in my storage shed

Brings memories of so many camping trips, through the years


I soon recall my very first camping trip, with the Cub Scouts

As a Big City kid, it was my introduction to nature’s paradise

I met many other city kids just as interested in nature as I was

We all sat around the blazing campfire, so magical, in our eyes


I soon progressed to the Boy Scouts, and many marvelous trips

With their interstate Camping Jamborees, in our national parks

And no matter how many trips I went on, I always wanted more

And no matter how old that I got, I loved every campfire, at dark


After I outgrew Scouting, I soon began going camping, on my own

To national parks, remote wild lakes, and sandy dunes, at the seashore

My love of camping was now inherently entrenched in my heart and soul

At the end of each and every camping trip, I still always yearned for more


I also quickly discovered that my canines were great camping partners

They never cared how dirty we got, or how simple camp meals might be

They, too, always delighted, in sleeping out under the stars, by a campfire

No matter where we wandered to camp, they, like me, were filled with glee


My spouse, however, even though she’s a Native American, is now spoiled

She craves fancy resorts, heated swimming pools, and indoor toilet facilities

But she does look forward to the annual Great American Backyard Campout

This evening, she’ll be joining me and the dogs, under our old backyard tree


Why not join thousands of Americans getting back to nature,

For The Great American Backyard Campout, which is today;

Introduce your kids and/or grandkids, to a whole new world,

Who knows, they just might thank you for it, one future day.



©2010, Old Camping Enthusiast Mr. Ed




The Great American Backyard Campout

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Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 6/28/2010
Awesome! Camping and getting close to nature is truly wonderful. Sounds like you had lots of fun in your backyard campout!

Reviewed by Andy Turner 6/27/2010
Such amazing freedom. Enjoy.
Our country is too uptight. Can't light fires, nor camp outside alloted camping sites, in the main. Due to most land being owned by the few.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/27/2010
As far as I'm concerned bro pee weeeeee,you're still a boy scout! And a darn good one;-) That's cause you just love gettin down and dirty, heehee...

Tiger Lily
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 6/27/2010
Great idea Ed,,,I read statistics that if one does not fish when they are young they most likely never it is great to introduce them~ My Dad took us camping all the time..can you imagine 8 it was FUN, the best memories ever~
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 6/27/2010
I grew up camping, too, and I love it. Been some time since I've gone, but this poem makes me want to go. I was a Tagalong with the Scouts cuz my father was a pack leader & my mother their nurse, so I went to a lot of outdoor events, too. I guess the love for it hits early! Great poem.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 6/27/2010
After a trip to the Beach Shack, Fred and I have the Firpit lit up almost every night the weather permits. It is so relaxing and soothing, espically with a bottle of Fred's homemade wine. Great write Ed.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 6/27/2010
Get my allergies out of the way and I am a game!!!


Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 6/27/2010
Beautiful images, Ed.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/26/2010
Wonderful work, Ed; well done! If it were not for the bugs or the dirt, I'd probably enjoy camping! LOL

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

Have a great time and stay safe! :)
Reviewed by Dayvid Graybill 6/26/2010
Wish I was camping out tonight! It will have to be next week. I love camping! Have fun!

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/26/2010
A fine sharing and suggestion, Ed; also a lovely awakening of memories. Thank you. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 6/26/2010
Camping is just plain old me. Eileen? Well she prefers her creature comforts. Patrick
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 6/26/2010
Give Mother nature a rest Ed, listen to princess, after all the natives know all about camping, she's most likely trying to save her being trampled on by these ones a year hooligans ha.
Blessings! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Lew Duffey 6/26/2010
And you paint such a wonderful picture of those memories.
God bless,
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 6/26/2010

Nothing better than the great outdoors! (except Yuma in summer)

Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/26/2010
One of my favorite things in summer, sitting around a campfire, eating burnt marshmallows, playing campfire songs and snuggling up in a sleeping bag for the night under the stars....
Reviewed by D Johnson 6/26/2010
Ed, I have nothing against camping, but my idea of 'roughing' it, is staying at a Motel 6.

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 6/26/2010
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/26/2010
Hey, I camp every night of the year as I live in a CAMPground...hehe...e

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