What the Ideal Tent Site
Here are some of the things to look for in an ideal camp site. If you find such a place, you'll probably keep coming back over and over.
Unless you tell a good friend, who will tell a good friend who will...until it becomes a campground instead of your special camp site.
Water: It’s there for cooking (boiled water), to fish in and, if you're near a lake or the ocean, to swim in and canoe in.
But water can also become a threat if you pick the wrong waterside site.
As one wise outdoorsman expressed it, water is something to camp near, but not on top of it. That can happen after a heavy rain and, because you’re in a low spot, you end up with more water around your tent—and under it--than you ever imagined.
You'll discover that if you pick a depression or a poorly drained site that floods you out in the middle of the night after a thunderstorm.
Lightning: Camping in an open area on a lake or on the beach beside the ocean can be downright dangerous during the summer.
Sleeping beach side in a tent with metal poles is not something you'd want to do during the summer thunderstorm season.
Just be careful about the amount of air flow in winter because it's a type of air conditioning you can't turn off.
A wide open space beside a lake makes you as much of a sitting duck.
Fortunately, the heat and the bugs make this the worst time of year to camp, so staying more inland in the shade is not a great sacrifice.
Beware of low ground in winter as well as during the rainy season. In the cold of winter, low areas collect more fog, dew and even frost.
Generally, it's always better to be on higher ground above the water, an area that normally be better drained, have a better air flow and consequently fewer insects.
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