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admin On June - 29 - 2009

Having just returned from Killbear Provincial Park in Ontario I have camping on the brain. So here are some photographs of people enjoying the great outdoors. With the economy the way it is an abundance of tourists are looking towards domestic travel, staying closer to home and cutting costs by focusing on quality time as apposed to an exotic local. I grew up camping the summers away and have always had a fondness for the great outdoors. Having a belief that a certain kind of quality bonding time exists among campers whether it is the survival mentality or the lack of over stimulation from the outside world that allows you to focus in on relationships. Whatever the reason camping has always been key to the reserve of memories that have defined my childhood and family. I hope to continue this tradition and I encourage all those adventurous souls to drag your loved ones out into the bush, they’ll thank you for it I am sure. You may have to be patient though, gratitude is likely to only come after the bug bites have healed and that campfire smell has been scrubbed off.
1911-1920. Camping Rainier National Park
Between 1911 and 1920. Camping party of men and women cooking at campfire and eating near tent in Indian Henry, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington] Curtis & Miller, photographer. National Photo Company Collection. cph 3c01035
1934. Camping in Acadia National Park.
August 1934. Three well dressed children at a (rustic tent) campsite. Acadia National Park. Catalog Number: HPC-000026. National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection.1936. Camping at Cypress Lake
1936. Photograph of Camping Spot on Cypress Lake, ARC Identifier 2127910 / Local Identifier 359811 Item from Record Group 95: Records of the Forest Service, 1870 – 2000
1940. Camp site
08/1940. Photograph of Preparing Lunch at a Canoe Camp Site, ARC Identifier 2128767 / Local Identifier 400500
Item from Record Group 95: Records of the Forest Service, 1870 – 2000. NARA’s Great Lakes Region (Chicago) (NRDA)
1957. Boy Scouts at Lake Ogishkemindi
Photograph of Boy Scouts Preparing a Meal at Camp on Lake Ogishkemindi, 08/1957
ARC Identifier 2130688 / Local Identifier 485421 Item from Record Group 95: Records of the Forest Service, 1870 – 2000
NARA’s Great Lakes Region (Chicago) (NRDA)1968. Camping at recreational area.
08/1968. Photograph of Camping at One of the Recreation Areas,
ARC Identifier 2132931 / Local Identifier 518826. NARA’s Great Lakes Region (Chicago) (NRDA).

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2 Responses

  1. Suwannee Refugee says:

    Ya know these pics of what camping used to be like 50 years ago look serene. I’m sure there was more to do to prepare and maintain a few days in the sticks. But I wouldn’t experiencing the solitude that these campers had.

  2. admin says:

    While hiking North of Vancouver several months ago I stumbled across this out post area, which was marked as being the base camp for people to hike up the mountain for such things as skiing, now accessible by roads. It definitely made me think about how much more you would appreciate those spaces if it was something that took you days to hike to, unlike today where you can drive past and barely notice.

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