Some of our best friends are people. We like them. And sometimes we even like to go camping with them.
But more often than not, we* prefer to camp alone, and we’re perfectly happy if we don’t see another soul the whole time we’re out there.
* “we” = my husband and I. Apparently we don’t really consider each other “people”.
It’s pretty easy to be alone when we’re backpacking. But what about car camping? What makes a campsite that you drive to the perfect site for the anti-social camper?
1. The first requirement is obvious: solitude. If you want to get away from it all, it’s important to get away from them all. This is where the campsite at the end of the road comes in pretty handy.
Sometimes all you need is a barely used road; no need to go all the way to the end.
When you’re having your morning coffee it’s important to feel like you’re the boss of all you see. You’re not, of course, but your solitary campsite lets you live the dream.
2. Since you’re all alone out there, grand vistas are the second requirement.
Even if the best spot to stop is at the bottom of a swale, make sure that it will only take a short climb to give you the required grand vista.
3. Rainbows over your chosen campsite are not a requirement, but they are a definite plus. Double rainbows give you double points, of course.
4. Likewise, a full moon rising over your campsite is not required. But extra points, for sure.
5. Once that moon is up, a nice fire can be a big plus, especially in the winter.
6. And a little whiskey by the fire (again, not required!) is pretty nice in my book.
7. Finally, a critter at the campsite will give you lots of bonus points. The requirement is actually the possibility of a critter showing up for a visit, but the actual visit of something bigger than a rabbit is a huge plus. If a grizzly or a wolf shows up, the bonus points go through the roof.