The definition of “camping” according to Wikipedia:
Camping is an elective outdoor recreational activity involving overnight stays away from home in a shelter such as a tent, a caravan, or even a motor home. Generally, participants leave developed areas to spend time outdoors in more natural ones in pursuit of activities providing them enjoyment. To be regarded as “camping” a minimum of one night is spent outdoors, distinguishing it from day-tripping, picnicking, and other similarly short-term recreational activities. Camping can be enjoyed through all four seasons.
When I was a child we never went camping – we went on picnics but not camping – I don’t know why. My first time sleeping in a tent was in the back yard in an old canvas army tent without a floor. I remember being afraid of bugs crawling into the tent and our sleeping bags. I guess we really didn’t have sleeping bags but just blankets, lots of blankets. It was fun though and even if it was just outside the back door I loved it.
My husband and I started out with a small pup tent, just big enough for the two of us as long as we didn’t try to stand up in it. Only one person could move around in it at a time. We picked fruit one summer in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada and we lived in that tent. We finally moved up to a 4 man tent, wow, we were impressed! Needless to say, we have moved on and have slept in many a tent since then. We actually own a camper van now; we’re getting old, ha!
I love camping, I love the smell of the tent, setting up camp, campfires, fresh air, eating food cooked over a fire, spending quality time outside with my family. It’s healthy, enjoyable and very relaxing. Even when it rains we like to walk around the campground with our umbrellas. We get to meet a lot of interesting people on our camping trips as well.
We have stayed in many campgrounds across Canada, Provincial and Federal campgrounds being our favourites. We have only done one major backcountry camp and that was on the West Coast Trail in British Columbia, more about that later.