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10 things I learned while camping at Parker Dam

1) Clearfield, PA is a lot smaller than I thought it would be.

2) If Jeff Foxworthy ever runs low on material, a visit to Clearfield, PA would clear that up quickly.

3) Scotto’s Pizza in downtown Clearfield, PA has some decent pizza.

4) Some squirrels and chipmunks can be pretty bold when it comes to looking for handouts.

5) Getting to know your neighbors camping can lead them to believe that you automatically will watch their children.

6) Drinking coffee near a campfire is a must-have experience (even if you don’t drink coffee….or like campfires).

7) I still can’t believe there are people out there who will burn plastic and metal cans in a campfire. Smokey The Bear should go Chuck Norris on their butts.

8 ) You can hear some strange noises coming out of the woods at night. Somehow, watching too many low budget horror films that involve camping and having an active imagination doesn’t help either.

9) I was able to get my Larry The Cable Guy costume for Halloween. A flannel shirt & camo baseball cap cost $11 bucks.

10) People in Clearfield, PA will look at you weird if you try to pronounce Dubois (doo-BOYS) as it is pronounced in French (doo-BWAH). Of course, not wearing a black concert shirt in Clearfield will get you strange looks too.

I will be at Parker Dam State Park…..

   for a long weekend for camping. I will taking a brief respite from posting for several days.

Parker Dam State Park Cabin Camping Weekend was a success!!

The weather was fantastic! There was no rain (unlike last year, which zapped 1 1/2 days) and the skies were clear. We did some serious hiking. Pictured above is the “scenic vista” promised for those who traverse the extra hike on the TRAIL OF THE NEW GIANTS path. At nearly 2000 feet above sea level, my whole family was able to enjoy the view here – Parker Lake – which later that day, we made it all the way over to the other side of the lake pictured.

I was away from any technology, including e-mail and my blog. I actually missed that more than television, not that I watch a lot of tv. I was so busy doing camping stuff that I didn’t even have a stray “Hey, I can’t wait to blog about….” thought at all.

I would also like to give a special shout-out to Dick Small. He did e-mail his personal favorite camping places. However, I am not entirely convinced that going to luxury hotels like the Hilton, is really considered camping…..Would “roughing it” be having a tv without a remote? Do you pay someone to put dirt, dead leaves, and pine sap in your clothes? Does eating granola from a room service cart count as ‘foraging for food’? I have never really thought of camping that way.

-sj

Cabin camping until Tuesday, Oct. 11th

Parker Dam State Park in Pennsylvania

I going camping at this State Park. It’is a family tradition that has been going on since my wife and I honeymooned here almost 10 years ago.

I will be on a technology sabbatical during my stay, limiting my operation to things like campfires, building s’mores, and hiking.

Please feel free to leave comments about your thoughts, memories, and experiences about camping.

Rock on!

-sj

p.s. See ya Tuesday!