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Quotations about Camping



Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations. I think when you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong. ~George Carlin, Brain Droppings, 1997


Three months of camp life on Lake Tahoe would restore an Egyptian mummy to his pristine vigor, and give him an appetite like an alligator. I do not mean the oldest and driest mummies, of course, but the fresher ones. The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn't it be? — it is the same the angels breathe. I think that hardly any amount of fatigue can be gathered together that a man cannot sleep off in one night on the sand by its side. Not under a roof, but under the sky... ~Mark Twain, Roughing It


The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter... It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness. ~Henry David Thoreau


Camping: Nature's Way of Promoting the Motel Industry  ~Dave Barry, Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need, 1991, title of chapter 8, davebarry.com


The Faithful Lover of the Woods remembers
To clean his Camp and quench the Campfire's Embers.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Camps," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924


Campers:  Nature's way of feeding mosquitoes. ~Author unknown


I married a woman who loves to camp, and I am what you would call "indoorsy"... My wife always brings up, "Camping's a tradition in my family." Hey, it was a tradition in everyone's family 'til we came up with the house. ~Jim Gaffigan


To pitch my tent with no prosy plan,
To range and to change at will;
To mock at the mastership of man,
To seek Adventure's thrill.
~Robert W. Service (1874–1958), "A Rolling Stone," 1912


But the place which you have selected for your camp, though never so rough and grim, begins at once to have its attractions, and becomes a very centre of civilization to you: "Home is home, be it never so homely." ~Henry David Thoreau


Sometimes I long for a lazy camp
Five hundred miles from home,
Where the eagle flies in the clear blue sky
And the grizzly bear does roam,
A snow white peaklike giant stands
In the midst of the tall pine trees,
Away from the constant ring of the phone
For ever calling me...
~J. H. Stallings (b.1874), "Zanjero"


It is always very cold on that lake shore in the night, but we had plenty of blankets and were warm enough. We never moved a muscle all night, but waked at early dawn in the original positions, and got up at once, thoroughly refreshed, free from soreness, and brim full of friskiness. There is no end of wholesome medicine in such an experience. ~Mark Twain, Roughing It  [Lake Tahoe —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Camping:  The art of getting closer to nature while getting farther away from the nearest cold beverage, hot shower, and flush toilet. ~Author unknown


Well, for downright solid comfort... give me a cosey camp-fire in the wilderness, when a fellow is tired out after a good day's outing. City life can offer nothing to touch it... ~Isabel Hornibrook, Camp and Trail: A Story of the Maine Woods, 1897


When using a public campground, a tuba placed on your picnic table will keep the campsites on either side vacant. ~Author unknown


A tent is warranted to keep out the fresh air, but is always open for the entertainment of fieldmice, June bugs, mosquitoes, and black flies... Lying beneath an August sun, it also serves handily as an oven, in which the camper may be gradually cooked, while the pine needles in the bunk will prick him regularly to find out when he's done. ~Gideon Wurdz (Charles Wayland Towne), "Camping," Eediotic Etiquette, 1906


We now no longer camp as for a night, but have settled down on earth and forgotten heaven. ~Henry David Thoreau


Somebody told me how frightening it was how much topsoil we are losing each year, but I told that story around the campfire and nobody got scared. ~Jack Handey, Deepest Thoughts: So Deep They Squeak, 1994, deepthoughtsbyjackhandey.com


It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles against the prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent... ~Dave Barry, Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need, 1991, davebarry.com


How is it that one match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box of matches to start a campfire? ~Christy Whitehead


The glories of a mountain campfire are far greater than may be guessed… One can make a day of any size, and regulate the rising and setting of his own sun and the brightness of its shining. You gaze around at the illumined trees as if you never saw trees before... Sparks stream off like comets or in round starlike worlds from a sun. They fly into space in milky ways of lavishness, then fall in white flakes feathery and pure as snow. ~John Muir, 1875, in John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, Linnie Marsh Wolfe, editor


Campfire flames kiss the night
Stars in distant skies blaze bright
Ghost story whispers all affright
Rustling sounds just out of sight
~Terri Guillemets, "Campfire," 1995


How hard to realize that every camp of men or beast has this glorious starry firmament for a roof!… In such places standing alone on the mountain-top it is easy to realize that whatever special nests we make — leaves and moss like the marmots and birds, or tents, or piled stone — we all dwell in a house of one room — the world with the firmament for its roof — and are sailing the celestial spaces without leaving any track. ~John Muir, 1890, in John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, Linnie Marsh Wolfe, editor





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