Off topic - who goes camping??

By SandySilvers Latest Reply 2013-02-26 11:50:37 -0600
Started 2013-02-10 15:01:10 -0600

Hey everyone! Just thought I'd throw this out there and see if there are any fellow campers on the forum. My husband Dave and I LOVE camping and we go every season with our dog Jack (who loves it too!) and sometimes my mom. We have a camper - we don't use tents. I can't "rough it" THAT much - I need a bathroom and a hair dryer LOL. Now that spring and camping season are right around the corner (hopefully!) I sm just wondering where my fellow campers are from and if they have any favorite places or experiences to share. Oh - and how do you manage your diabetes while camping? Anything special/different?

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Tony5657 2013-02-23 19:22:06 -0600 Report

Just for fun, I uploaded 2 photos in my profile of the first motorhome, made by Ford in the mid-1930s. Ya gotta see 'em! LOL That was luxury camping back then. To see them, just click on my picture, then in my profile click on "View More Photos." They are the last 2 pictures…Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

Kirk H
Kirk H 2013-02-14 11:30:45 -0600 Report

I have camped both luxury style and roughing it. Started tent camping and eventually bought a nice camper. Sold the camper a few years ago and back to tent camping, although using nice air mattreses and propane heaters really isnt roughing it. I prefer camping in the mountains,so far have camped in Colorado,Wyoming,Utah,Idaho,Oregon and Washington. I really dont have a favorite location since I have enjoyed so many places.

Nick1962 2013-02-12 12:15:26 -0600 Report

Used to tent camp all the time. Even in the snow. Had 3 tents, seasonal sleeping bags, and a gourmet kitchen kit. Camped on a few of the Apostle Islands and Isle Royale National Park. It all went by the wayside when I got married the second time. Pre-teen girls don’t seem to take well to being stuck on an island in a tent. Would love to get back into it and start geocaching now that I have the money and technology.

MAYS 2013-02-12 08:39:23 -0600 Report

Not me, I don't like insects (only from a distance) but they sure like me and my "sweet" blood, they are always trying to take a bite out of me…lol.

jimLE 2013-02-12 08:02:22 -0600 Report

ME ME ME!!!! i loves camping..camper or tent..i love it.last time i went camping was at a lake first part of last summer.time before that.i dont know family n me would go places each summer.we had a small trailer which we'd put most of our camping stuff.then we'd load up into the station wagon n head out.i miss that.

CJ55 2013-02-11 23:37:34 -0600 Report

Hello Sandy… When I was younger I went camping all of the time. I lived in Maine and there are plenty of wooded places up there to go. The Fall was always gorgeous with color and the rivers and steams were cooler and full of fish, one thing I still do often. I could go fishing daily. Now that I am older, and have numerous medical concerns, I do perfer the nice comfy king size hotel bed and room service. I am spoiled now. My husband and I travel somewhere every month, the people can be different but we usually stay at the same "named" hotels. I still try to go fishing every few months, of course we catch & release. When my husband retires in a few years we plan on buying a fairly large boat just so we can go fishing, one thing we both very much enjoy doing. We live in NC & we are only 45 mins from Myrtle Beach SC & my son lives in Charleston SC 4 hours. So we have plenty of water around us. Enjoy camping…

Gwen214 2013-02-11 19:35:15 -0600 Report

The last time I went camping was 12 years old with Girl Scout troop and we were in tents. I remember liking it. I'm planning to go see the Grand Canyon with a friend in June. We won't be camping, but it will involve nature.

jimLE 2013-02-12 08:06:18 -0600 Report

i've been to the grand canyon.and i loved's very beautiful there.i remember watching some crows least i think thier crows.any how,one of them would get a rock,and theyd play catch with it.pluse there.s many diffrent people there from diffrent walks of life and diffrent countrys.i had a fantastic time there.i beleave you and your friend will to…

Tony5657 2013-02-11 09:13:31 -0600 Report

Hi Sandy,

Our favorite place is Ouray, Colorado, pronounced youray. Check the web site:

I can't remember the name of the campground but we had a spot that overlooked the town of Ouray & the beautiful surrounding mountains. There's an old mining ghost town, Sneffels close by. That web site is: You can drive there without a Jeep but the road in some places was one way.

Also you can get lots of good ideas from Gabby's input. She's a seasoned camper.

We have a 1952 Cozy Cruiser brand, 13 ft. with aluminum sides & top, camper that is still operational. I installed a bathroom & a pressurized water system in it to use in primitive sites. Hey, it keeps us off the hard ground and mosquito free! LOL

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

jayabee52 2013-02-11 12:18:28 -0600 Report

if the road to Sneffels is one way, is this kinda like the "Hotel California" where "you can check out any time you like . . . but you can never leave"? LoL!

GabbyPA 2013-02-11 19:07:47 -0600 Report

I think that's the roach motel. LOL

jayabee52 2013-02-12 19:05:50 -0600 Report

There actually IS a Hotel California in downtown LV. Near the "Fremont street experience". I havent spend much time there, but since the building is old, I suspect there are a few big black roaches there!

Tony5657 2013-02-12 04:30:46 -0600 Report

The only "motel" we found in Sneffels was an abandoned, ancient mine shaft, which we explored. The tenants were spiders but no roaches! LOL Also it was lacking in hibernating bears, thank God! I've heard they are quite docile while in that state, but I really didn't want to test that theory for myself. :o)
…Tony5657 New Braunfels TX

Tony5657 2013-02-11 13:11:18 -0600 Report

Only some parts are one way, not the entire road … so you can "check out." You may not want to though if you're a survivalist, the place is so interesting. :o) Go to the website listed above in my posting and you'll see a picture of 1 of the one way parts.

GabbyPA 2013-02-10 17:47:21 -0600 Report

Here is my discussion about my first camping trip as a diabetic. There might be some insights there from different folks.

I LOVE camping. We do use a tent, but we now have an air mattress. These old bones don't like the ground too much any more. LOL

One of my favorite campgrounds was in Gettysburg, PA. It was secluded and quiet. The sites were great and my husband who is in a wheelchair, did great there also. We took a day and drove the self guided tour of the battlefields. It was touching and amazing.

We also stayed at a mountain side campground in Ithaca NY that was called Buttermilk Falls. Oh, it was wonderful. The sites were woven among the trees on the side of the mountain so you never felt crowded like some camp grounds do. The hike down the falls is beautiful. It's stairs, so it's accessible for most any activity levels.

Our latest adventure (though a while ago) was Santa Fe New Mexico and that was beautiful. It was the highest I had ever camped and while I knew what to expect with altitude hubby didn't. It really beat him up. But the cool nights with coyote songs and warm sunny days were perfect for us to get around to do a lot of things. There was the balloon festival going on at the time, so there was a lot to see in the blue skies.

If you use the showers at the campground, I found that my feet are very sensitive to the mats in most of them, so take flip flops.

Since I live in the flat and very low lands of Florida, when I go to higher altitudes, I find I struggle with my levels some.

You can see photos of several of my trips in my photo section.

SandySilvers 2013-02-10 18:09:45 -0600 Report

We've been camping in Gettysburg too! Gettysburg is one of my favorite places in the world. My husband may beg to differ as I make him drive the battlefield at least twice a day every day that we are there LOL! We stayed at Gettysburg Campground. It was large, but the sites were nice and we were right by the creek. We are from central NY so I know Buttermilk Falls! Never stayed there but have some plans to try some camping in the area soon. Love your pictures!

GabbyPA 2013-02-10 18:20:23 -0600 Report

Oh well if you are from NY, you may want to check out Moffit Beach in the Adirondacks. It is on a huge lake and you have to sign a waiver for the bears, but it's a great place. Long and skinny so almost every site has at least a view of the lake and most have lake access, right from the site. I wish we could have stayed there longer.

jayabee52 2013-02-10 15:53:02 -0600 Report

I used to LOVE to tent camp with my wife and sons, but that was way before I had diabetes.

moon74 2013-02-11 09:15:58 -0600 Report

I go camping. and hiking. I just have to plan a little better. I control my food and my diet with insulin. We live in Georgia. I do not camp in hot weather. I will not let Diabetes take anything else away from me. I live a normal life. As normal as I can. lol.

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Marnie - 56670 2013-02-26 11:50:37 -0600 Report

I love camping also. I also do not camp in in hot weather. I camp in the noth Georgia mountains most of the time. Since I am on a pump i, medication is not a problem for me. I enjoy it very much.

SandySilvers 2013-02-10 16:11:23 -0600 Report

I would imagine it would be alot tougher to tent camp with diabetes, especially if you are taking several shots of insulin each day, etc. We have a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, etc. We went a few times last fall after I was diagnosed and it was just fine. I love being able to make the foods that I feel comfortable eating. We are going to Cape Cod in May and it will be great knowing that I can bring whatever foods I want with me and make them right in the camper!

jayabee52 2013-02-10 17:06:06 -0600 Report

Well for me insulin wouldn't be a problem as I manage mine with meal planning. When we went we always carried out own food anyway, even with camping in tents. Loved cooking on the campfire. We just had to be a bit more inventive.

moon74 2013-02-11 09:17:50 -0600 Report

Campfire food taste awesome. Where do you live ? What state ? Are you in the snow belt ?

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