Amanda invited herself into my tent. Happy Days… until her boyfriend turned up.
And told us that we should leave town first thing in the morning… or else.
Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland’s south-west (https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/castle-douglas-p244361) was my first experience of camping and it didn’t put me off.
And we took off for Saint-Raphael https://www.francethisway.com/places/saint-raphael.php on the French Riviera the following summer after school.
Where there were no such dilemmas about having someone in my tent.
Cramped and sweaty
Once all our rucksacks were in the tent there was only room for one of us to sleep in it. Oh, and I struck out too.
These days I go higher style… The Boat D’Azur and https://www.google.com/amp/s/about-france.com/mobi/index-amp.htm.
And higher style means camping now too… or glamping as it’s come to be known.
So where’s best to go?
With staycations the order of the day now, here are thoughts on how to liven up your experience in the UK and US.
But just don’t muscle in on the wannabe local gangster’s moll.
Rocky mountain high
Camping at height – Estes Park, Colorado: And a particular highlight. Get this… adrenaline junkies are suspended more than 100ft up a sheer rock face.
Where you will be strapped in for a night under the stars.
Kent Mountain Adventure Center https://kmaconline.com/directory/cliff-camping-colorado/ offers a vertical grill and views of the Rocky Mountain National Park.
And you’ll be able just to roll out and start climbing those Rockies… just tell Brad or Dexter I’m coming.
Yosemite slam: This is Big Country and you’ll want to reveal your hunter-gatherer.
Lake McClure at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains is where to pitch tent.
And get out and fish the lake and get your heart pumping at the Exchequer Mountain Bike Park.
Before heading to Yosemite to take in the giant Sequoias.
Camping spaces can be hard to get in Yosemite National Park and that’s where Indian Flat Campground near the gates comes in.
You’ll strike gold too at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds just a mile from the Gold Rush town. See www.mariposa.com.
Hickling Campsite, Hickling, Norfolk (https://www.hicklingcampsite.co.uk): Of course for many of us there’s nothing better than snuggling up next to your loved one.
And here’s one we prepared earlier from Norfolk in England’s East Anglia.
You’ll get to stay in a self-contained hut.
The Norfolk Broads are one of England’s natural delights while further afield you can explore secluded beach walks and boat trips.
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