Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Beach Camping

This weekend Brian, some friends and I went beach camping. It was the first time I'd been camping since the end of high school, so it had been a long time coming!


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When I think of camping, I think of movies like The English patient where they set up their tents in the sand (although in that movie, it was the desert), and have packed for months, or even years worth of 'camping'. But their type of camping was a lot more luxurious than regular camping. I guess it's because that's where they lived for years on end. While I do like the idea of camping, long-term camping does not appeal to me.

Our little weekend getaway was a lot of fun. It was beautiful to hear the sound of the waves crashing at night, and to be able to see the sun rise at the top of the morning. And then the simple camping food - brats cooked over a fire, s'mores carefully assembled and devoured, bacon and toasted rolls in the morning... I love the simplicity of camping.

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Don't get me wrong, I still LOVE vacationing in lovely hotels and lush resorts, but I do also like the contrast of camping. What about you? Are you into camping?

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28 comments:

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

ah not at all, but yours sounds lovely!

Lillian (Unstitched.) said...

That's amazing! I do like to camp...but I can't believe I live in Southern CA and haven't camped at the beach yet! :P I adore the beach too - I went camping last year at Joshua Tree, and that was pretty cool. My next locale will definitely be the beach :) I've been wanting to camp down at Trestles and then wake up early and surf in the morning :)

AMKreations said...

So beautiful! I've never been beach camping!!! I love your photos!

amy b.s. said...

camping is definitely a large part of our lives, but i've never been beach camping. i'm going to have to add that to the list!

the southern hostess said...

I've never been much of a camper, but I think I would prefer the beach to the woods. Maybe I'll give it another shot since you make it seem so lovely.

Sey said...

I love camping. Tent pinching is so appealing to me. Especially when you hear the wind breeze at night and see th sun shines in the morning. That was simply amazing.

Dancing Branflake said...

These photos are so beautiful! I hate camping. Running water, no bugs, and warm beds are my thing.

Dionne said...

Hahahah, our campsite had running water. I can't go camping without that! I need real toilets and running water, hahahaha.

Nuha said...

I've never been camping but I would absolutely love to! And camping on the beach would be just dreamy!

Gloria said...

i go camping once a year with my old high school friends as our annual reunion :-) it's been one of my favorite traditions, and really sweet to see our group slowly grow as spouses get added to the mix

Kristin said...

you certainly do paint a pretty picture, but i haven't actually camped myself in years. my pampered self has gotten used to hotels. ;)

Kelly J. R. said...

I believe the term for luxury camping (like in the movies) is called Glamping. Everything but the kitchen sink!

My husband and I LOVE camping and backpacking. In fact, that's what we're doing for our honeymoon this summer!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

i still can't quite decide if i love camping!! sometimes it sounds like so much fun and sometimes i like my luxuries too much :)

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

How wonderful that you got away with your sweetie. I always think of the movie "Out of Africa" - where they had bone china etc. on their outings in the middle of the bush.

Fondly,
Glenda

Kris said...

Camping sounds like such fun to me right now.

Vanessa said...

I my gosh, I haven't been camping in ages. I'm too afraid of serial killers and bears. I am SUCH a wuss.

Vanessa Mala/HeightofVintage said...

sounds like a lovely time!
i love camping, haven't done it in awhile!

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

I've never been camping before honestly. I like the comfort of my bed at night. But I do need to try it soon, especially since Southern California is a camper's heaven apparently.

Jess said...

How fun! We talk about going camping... but it has yet to happen :) Hope you had a fun weekend!

Merylu said...

I love camping! Last summer I spent a week in Cote d'Azur in France in a tent with two friends, and we had a lot of fun :)

beautiful photos and illustrations, as always :)

Mary

Tender Branson said...

I like camping and hotels too. Maybe every other time, switching back and forth between the two.

shealennon said...

I think I would like camping on a beach! But camping in Kansas is very unpredictable--it seems to always rain when I do it (which I admit is rarely).

Barbara said...

Well Dionne, I USED to. The sleeping bags would do me in these days, I'm afraid. But I spent half my life camping and eating things we caught or picked.
But everyone should try it; nature is always so close when you're camping. You can learn so much and is anything better than sitting around a campfire at night?

Pamela said...

how fun for you!!! and yes, i looooove camping. :)

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh so beautiful photos, Dionne! I've never been camping, but I'm afraid I prefer the comfort of hotels... I know I miss a lot but can't enjoy sleeping in a tent. hope you're having a lovely weekend, darling! xo

Caroline said...

How much fun!! I love the photos!!

Lily from Birch + Bird said...

Sounds wonderful! I've done lots of camping up here in British Columbia but never actually camped on the beach. We're planning on renting a beach house in Oregon with friends this summer...much easier than camping especially with the 11 kids we have between us! I think I'll bring earplugs :)

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

LOVE these photos...you are making me ache for pleasant weather!