Why You Should Go Camping

Why You Should Go Camping

You may see some things you never have before
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Bugs, dirt, rain, and possibly skunks...why would anyone want to project him or herself to these things of nature? Oh right, because it’s fun! Camping is a great experience and you should go at least once during your lifetime just to say you’ve tried it.

For the record, I have camped for over 10 years, and have never been sprayed by a skunk since my encounters with them have been so minimal. You will see way more squirrels and definitely dogs if the campground of your choosing allows pets. I have seen a cow on the loose from a nearby farm and that was way more scary hearing “moo-ing” late at night from a creak. A very nice looking cowboy pulled up in a pickup to retrieve the cow with a lasso... what better entertainment could you ask for people?

On top of cowboys, you can find many campgrounds near bodies of water to go fishing, boating, and tubing. Most campgrounds feature in-ground swimming pools as well. What better way to beat the heat? I’ve been to places with tennis and basketball courts, arcade games, pool tables, and ping-pong too! The activities are endless and the open space allows for even more! You can also buy cool lawn games to set up, such as ladder ball or washers!

My big summer family has had some pretty intense washer tournaments. They set up all their awesome camping chairs (they have cup holders and some have small tables attached) and compete for hours!

Camping is awesome because you can go with your family or your friends. You can plan a weekend trip with friends! As long as you have a buddy to help you set up the tent, you’ll be golden. Putting up a tent with somebody can be frustrating at times, but it is a good test of your friendship/ relationship.

Going camping allows you to enjoy the fresh air, nature, and the stars. You can relax and things are simple, so you have time to take it all in.

The best part of camping is sitting around a campfire, talking, laughing, and of course roasting marshmallows! Going camping is a great opportunity to get to know people and actually talk to them. It’s just you guys and nature, so embrace it!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The Old Oak Tree

A short poem about returning to one's childhood home.

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Looming over the burned-out house is an oak tree,

Hundreds of years old at least.

The smell of smoke is gone, but skeleton of the house remains,

A mere speck when compared to the tree.

Whose branches reach out to me like hands,

Begging for me to come closer.

I do.

I sit under the tree like I did when I was young.

The ground is damp from the rain,

I feel the sogginess soaking through my jeans.

I remain.

It is cooler under the branches,

A limitless amount of leaves shades me from the daylight.

I stay there. All day.

Staring at the charred remains of my childhood home.

I stay there until fog begins to form in the crisp night air,

Cold and sharp against my cheeks.

No longer able to withstand the cold, I take my leave looking back once more.

It's nice to know that even when I'm gone,

The old oak tree remains.

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