The method to the madness
Exploring this grand country of ours is like second nature to most of us. I mean, if someone says let’s go camping, I’m on to it like Santa Claus on Christmas Eve! But let’s face it – not all people share the same enthusiasm. There’s a fair few people out there that never want to go camping... period! Each to their own I suppose, but when camping is dead-set in your blood, it’s kind of hard to understand why some people will happily turn their nose up at it.
So these past few weeks, I’ve been doing a little recon work. I spoke to a few fair-dinkum city slickers and got the low-down on what’s so terrible about the great outdoors. What did I find? Well, the number one cause was a previous bad experience! Yep, it turns out a night spent getting eaten alive by mozzies, battling with an aching back in the morning and missing the footy on TV is enough to make a bloke hate camping, especially when you’re used to the comfort of city life. On the other side of the spectrum, apparently freezing your toosh off in the middle of winter while you’re struggling to get damp wood to burn just enough to cook a few snags that are still soggy from the bottom of the icebox isn’t very enjoyable either.
If you’re a seasoned camper there’s a good chance you know exactly what all that feels like, too, God knows I do! But we can laugh about it now, eh? Why? Well, it’s because if you’re lucky enough to persist through a few uncomfortable trips away, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced the plus-side. You know what I’m talking about here. I’m referring to everything from those spectacular outback sunsets to the magic that a full blanket of stars can create. It’s the aroma of a camp feed cooking perfectly in the late arvo, or watching the kids have an absolute blast as they explore the great outdoors. It’s the serenity, freedom and peacefulness you feel when you’re drifting to sleep in a hammock overlooking your own little stretch of coast. But most of all it’s the inner-peace you feel, when you get it all just right! Call me crazy, but if I’ve got to work through the bad times to get to the good, it’s bloody well worth it! While there’s always going to be those who think we’re absolutely mad for actually enjoying camping, we all know the truth – I guess there really is a method to the madness! We’re just the lucky ones who get to see it!