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Free camping with no fuel cost

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on May 27, 2008 at 6:41 am with No Comments »
May 27, 2008 6:41 am

I’m in my tent right now listening to the rain patter on the fly. Memorial Day weekend is over and I camped three days without spending a nickel.

Where is that possible, you might ask.

A place my kids like to call “Dad is Cheap Campground.”

Our backyard.

It’s a perfect place – although I’m not inviting you guys over. Just suggesting camping in your own backyard might be fun and cheap. No driving means no gas.

Some other perks:

– It’s a full utility campground (Including newspaper delivery).

– The kids can still see mom at breakfast each morning even though she didn’t come on the camping trip.

– We get to camp on a school night.

– The campground toilet doesn’t stink.

– Dishwasher.

– Showers.

– Wireless Internet access.

– And I don’t have to pack the car or listen to the kids fight in the back seat during the drive to the campground.

My kids are 7 and 9 so they were just happy being outside. We even roasted marshmallows in the fire pit.

Can’t tell where you are once you are in the tent anyway. Except, I guess, for the sound of the neighbors warming up their cars.

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