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Carissa Acker's 50 Reasons Why I LOVE Camping

Real Estate Agent with Real Estate by Design with Keller Williams Realty


We are about 2 days away from our most ambitious road trip ever. It will be about 8500 miles across the USA with my girls, my husband, and our camping gear. I should be packing. Actually there are about 1000 thing I should be doing but instead I feel compelled to write about why I love camping and road tripping with my family. Jay and I were celebrating our 19th anniversary this week and I found myself going on and on about all the things I love about camping so I thought I would just write until I exhausted myself. Hopefully this will lead me to wanting to pack soon.


1.    I love the sounds of camping. The sounds in the morning that are so distinctly camping. The dusk sounds that you won’t hear anywhere else. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the sounds of camping.


2.    I love the programs given by the park rangers at the National Parks. If you have never gotten the opportunity to go to one of these things it’s a must.


3.    I love the smell of a campfire.


4.    I love the silky feel of my red sleeping bag.


5.    I love walking back from taking a shower by flash light.


6.    I love walking in the woods and not seeing people for hours.


7.    I love not looking at a clock or my cell phone.


8.    I love time with my family in the outdoors.


9.    I love the smell of deep woods off.


10.I love buying patches from all the state and national parks that I have visited. Sometimes when I feel like I might be losing my mind I will pull out all my patches and sort through them. They make me happy.


11.I love looking at ground for whatever happens to catch my eye. There is something special about just walking around and looking for that one magical object that wants to be taken home by you.


12.I love eggs made on a Coleman camp stove. I love how they are always a little over done and taste like the bacon that was cooked in there before. The best most decadent eggs ever.


13.I love walking back from the showers with no bra on.


14.I love wearing a head lamp. I actually own 7 head lamps. I LOVE head lamps way more than my kids or my husband. This might make me a dork but I don’t care I can no longer hid my love of headlamps.


15.I love eating sour gummy worms on our camping trips. I will let them warm up a little on the car dash board. They are amazing when they are a little melted.


16.I love my hat that has a mosquito net built in.


17.I love getting into my sleeping back with a t-shirt and undies. I sleep best on a sleep mat with my trusty red sleeping bag.


18.I love that when I go camping I can leave the sleeping pills at home.


19.I love taking quarters to go take a shower.


20.I love putting up our tent. I love that slightly musty smell when you unzip it for the first time.


21.I love that when you go camping you get to ‘BE’ in the outdoor. Not just visit but ‘BE’ in another spectacular place.


22.I love that every place is new, unexplored by us, ready to show us something special.


23.I love cooking with our Dutch oven.


24.I love the little black grills that are cemented into each camp site. It doesn’t seem to matter where I go those are standard protocol. I love this. I love that if you get too close to them they will leave an ugly greasy stain on your clothes.


25.I love that I don’t feel like I have to wear makeup.


26.I love that my kids will hang out with us around the fire.


27.I love the smell of trees. If you don’t know this smell you need to go camping.


28.I love that my kids have still promised to do the Junior Ranger program one more year. This makes me very happy. I am holding onto these last little pieces of our long standing childhood traditions.


29.I love feeling connected to the past. There have been times when I’ve been hiking where I could swear I would run into an Indian on horseback around the next bend. I love this feeling of being close to the past.


30.I love going to the camp washateria and talking to strangers while waiting on our clothes.


31.I love rocks, this is not news. I love sand and dirt to. I actually have baggies of pebbles, sticks, and other little treasures that remind me of the many adventures I have had. Love, Love, Love this.


32.I love getting to bust out my Columbia shorts with all the pockets. I love each and every little pocket in the shorts. I love that I can stuff all sorts of things in those pockets.


33.I love holding hands with Jay on the ride to our destination. I hate my new fancy car because it does not fit our hand holding stance. I love Jay’s car because it is the perfect hand holding adventure machine.


34.I love the bookstore at the front of the National Parks. I can come in there spend literally hundreds of dollars. Jay doesn’t usually let me but everyone once in a while I get lucky.


35.I love trying to see how many thing I can cook Hobo Dinner style.


36.I love HOBO DINNERS!!!!


37.I love reading to my husband and kids by campfire, by lantern, by basically anything.


38.I love not setting an alarm.


39.I love the ability to be still in a peaceful place.


40.I love the feel of pine needles below my bare feet.


41.I love getting soaked by surprise rain showers.


42.I love that camping brings my family together in one place with no cell phone reception.


43.I love camping in places cooler than Texas in the summer. I had no idea there was such a thing as waking up to 50 degree weather in the middle of the July.


44.I love the wildlife. We go driving around after dinner with a spot light to see animals. I think this might be illegal but we don’t hit them with our car or shoot them so I feel like it is okay.


45.I love any excuse to use the bathroom outside.


46.I love finding new swimming holes


47.I love fishing, even if we don’t catch a thing.


48.I love that when I’m camping my brain slows down just enough for me to feel normal.


49.I love the Death in The Park series. I read them when I am not camping just to remind me about camping.


50.I love that every morning and every night when we’re camping it something new. A new story, a new animal to see, a new place to explore, a new rock to find. I love the new and renewing of camping.




I still don’t feel like packing. J So I guess this is the first blog post for my new still unnamed blog. Hope it wasn’t too boring and you made it through all 50 things I love about camping. I also hope this inspires you to get out there and explore.


There are 58 National Parks and 6,624 state parks in the United States. Think of that as your personal invitation to visit and to leave the other stuff behind if only for a minute.


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Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Carissa: While I do not share your unbridled passion for the outdoors, I loved reading all the reasons why you enjoy camping so much. Have fun on your next adventure!

Jun 20, 2014 08:43 AM
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Grew up camping and sleeping outside in the woods. My wife was from Canada so she has spent plenty of time in the woods. Now I am either a motorhome person or as my wife says Camping is staying at a Holiday Inn.

Jun 20, 2014 08:58 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I am glad you enjoyed it and it does take all kinds to make a world. I love room service.

Jun 20, 2014 09:17 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I didn't think I liked camping until I read your lovely post.  You have an appreciation that would make a Manhattanit want to camp!

Jun 20, 2014 09:19 AM
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

 I agree!  Love camping.  We usually go horse camping at least twice a year, so I would have to add "trail riding" to my list!

Jun 20, 2014 09:40 AM
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

We love camping as well. My kids took their park patches and sewed them onto a blanket. Pretty cool. BTW, When you say " Death in the Park" series, do you mean Nevada Barr's books, which I love, or something else?

Jun 20, 2014 10:19 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I think you have done a great job of highlighting all the reasons why camping is so popular.  Enjoy all of those things.. and especially that red sleeping bag!  Sweat dreams.

Jun 20, 2014 11:42 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

We went on a month long camping trip as kids, as early adults and into our 30's.  That was enough for me.  Then we lived in Motor Homes and traveled for almost 20 years.  Bed and Breakfasts are just fine with me now.

Jun 20, 2014 01:24 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It's like being a part of magic

Jun 20, 2014 04:45 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

I too love camping but haven't for a few years. This is a great list that made me want to get out there again.

Jun 20, 2014 04:51 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Somehow I think you have more than 50 reasons you love camping:)

You inspired a lot of us to try.

Jun 20, 2014 05:19 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

The only camping experience I ever had was a wet one as a boy scout.  It was so miserable that I never camped again.  How sad is that?  

Jun 20, 2014 09:37 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Yes to this...it summons up our link with all those that have traveled before us and it gets even better when you cook by fire too...good post

Jun 20, 2014 11:00 PM
Carissa Acker

Thanks guys!!! Your right I could have posted 100. 😉

Jun 20, 2014 11:19 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Carissa, your list has brought back all the fun of camping. Have a great time on your trip.

Jun 20, 2014 11:22 PM
Tracy Oliva
West USA Realty - Arizona - Fountain Hills, AZ
The Oliva Team Arizona Agents

Good Morning and this is a great post!! you and your family have a lot of fun camping!! keep up the good work and good luck with your business,  E

Jun 20, 2014 11:56 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Carissa, not a camp person but after reading your post, I should start packing - especially for #41 - New England weather is just unique in that respect.

Jun 21, 2014 06:32 AM
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

I don't love camping, but I love your list!  Maybe I need to try that camping thing again...

Jun 21, 2014 06:59 AM
Maria Morton
Platinum Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Ah, the smell of pine needles and afternoon rain showers... Good memories! These days I prefer a cozy bed to a sleeping bag on the ground but the rest of your list sounds great, Carissa!


Jun 21, 2014 07:49 AM
Raymond Denton
Homesmart / Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
Irvine Realtor®

I just returned from a week in Zion National Park.  I was bummed though, because they had a ban against fires.

Jul 05, 2014 03:56 AM