- Sat Mar 19, 2016 11:04 pm
I found this to be a very interesting post, asking a very valid question. The answers are, as would be expected, varied, because they come from folks with different personalities. Some of us need to be occupied or entertained, others don't and there are those who lie in between. All the answers are valid for each group.
I for one, have always enjoyed my own company. Growing up, my mom and dad both worked and I had only an older brother. But, there were 9 years difference in our ages, thus we were not very close. We only began to become really close when I reached 50 and we found ourselves living fairly close, about 150 miles apart. Then he up and died on me.
I solo camp frequently and enjoy it tremendously. I don't do so, however, on the coast but along the Brazos and Colorado and in a few state parks. I find it relaxing, peaceful and rewarding to sit in front of a campfire, having a conversation with myself. I solve a lot of problems, both personal and of the world. Perhaps the thing I appreciate most is never losing an argument. A campfire, the sound of rushing water, stars, a moon, a fire, an Owl screeching, the sound of a Whippoorwill, all convince me that there had to be a plan, and a planner. I never feel closer to my maker than when I'm camped in his creation, alone.
As far a skeeters are concerned, a campfire and spray repellant have always worked for me. I must also hasten to add, that a bottle of good adult spirits also contribute to the enjoyment and appreciation of my surroundings. A plastic hospital urinal in the tent next to my mat and sleeping bag insures a restful night. God, I love it!