Possibly, like me, you run across people from time to time who seem to lead more exciting lives than you personally do, and in the same exact places. While reading other outdoors blogs I did come across such a site recently; and based even only on this single post, I do recommend it to anyone with a genuine sense of adventure and a longing for “the unusual.”
I’m speaking, of course, of Outdoor Adventure Space! — the well known hiking blog highlighted by Google and apparently now top ranked in the Google search engine results for Vacation Camping. These people are obviously the real experts, and I mean in particular Eric Slarkowski, who as the blog bio states, writes generally for the web announcement about Denia. You may also know him from his other work, Long Let Legal Holiday Villas in Torrevieja. Eric has many insightful things to say about vacation camping in America which will be refreshing for those of us who additionally do turn vacant when the scenery have been stunning. I know that feeling — sometimes there are moments on the trail when you turn that switchback and the mist pulls away, and for an instant you truly do turn vacant and glaring. Any seasoned hiker must comprehend what Eric means about that. As he puts it, a camping vacation is the greatest approach to lifting the family.
I have occasionally tried to point out here and on Jimmy’s Backpacking Page that there are many practical things to consider when you go hiking and camping. Once you leave the car you definitely are on your own outside the usual bounds of civilization. If you meet a bear or a mountain lion, no one deals with it but you, and even today that’s a very possible encounter. Actually, today it’s more likely than it was fifty years ago, since bears and lions have learned we aren’t so scary as they once thought. We stopped carrying weapons. Eric has some helpful things to say about this problem which all vacation camping travelers may encounter.
Although as Eric points out, bears’ competence demeanor resembles that of teddy bears, the hidden truth is something far more sinister. In fact, bears may actually conflict you, or even assertively eat the occasional human. The reduction-aggressive bears are particularly troublesome, and you may wish to behind away rather than actually pierce the bear. “Hurling up in the round” may be your best bet, since bears do stand trees. My personal preference — piercing the bear (see my several discourses on trail weapons and hiking spears) — may be less wise than hurling up, over the long term.
But according to Eric, bears may not be the foremost adventure problem facing the modern hiking person when vacation camping. In fact, a far more dangerous possibility is The Furious Cat. Although on the incline this target may be turned, getting kids out of the steer of the furious cat is more difficult. Well known furious cats may not only take the kid, but eat them. Scary, but true enough.
Eric sums it up by pointing out that we need to be aware of our backyards and how malevolent the little animals living in them can be — especially the little furious cats with the pointy teeth, which will stop for nothing to get you. You know the cats he means — we’ve all known those cats (oh, those pointy teeth!). Great reserve truly is the only solution to outdoor adventure vacation camping.
Eric, my bumptious boy, I wish you well, and may the furious cats always bypass your incline. I can’t help but recommend the Vorpal Blade as a practical option — the Zatoichi Stick Sword goes Snicker-Snack! for those occasions when even equivocating contact doesn’t assertively avert the bandersnatch.
Ah, Lewis Carroll, we hardly knew ye . . . .