Your daughters have loved their camping time with their cousins for years. What first started as a pop up camper and and a couple of tents has now evolved into a long weekend at camping resorts at local lakes. Their four day weekends of tubing and water skiing have created stories that last through the year. While you would love to have pictures of the crazy times that your girls seem to be having with their cousins and aunt and uncle, you and your husband have not been invited to these summer get togethers. Although you did not mind missing the first years when you heard the stories of hot nights of sleeping in a buggy tent on the ground, the latest camping resorts they have visited seem like a vacation you too would enjoy.
Upscale campground locations across the nation invite even the most inexperienced campers to hit the road for a few days in the “wilderness.” Camping life at these locations often include restaurant options as well as the modern shower and toilet conveniences. It is no wonder that nearly 40 million people went camping in in the year 2010 alone. All combined, these 40 million people counted for a total of 515 million outings. As the popularity of this outdoor activity increases, 42.5 million people went camping in the year 2011.
While boating and water skiing are often options camping resorts across the country offer, the activities available are not limited to water sports. In fact, hiking is the most popular activity among campers; 92% say they hiked during their last camping outing. Other options include golfing, theater and life music concerts.
While it may seem that the rustic camping days of old are not a part of the camping resorts of today, many campers are still looking for the same opportunity when they camp. Whether they are sleeping on the ground in a simple tent, or they are resting comfortably in an air conditioned RV, many campers are simply looking for a change of scenery. An opportunity to enjoy a slower paced schedule and enjoy the out of doors experiences. Since campers include friends on their trips 70% of the time, this is an activity that will likely continue to increase in its popularity. What are you waiting for? Grab your camping gear and get out to enjoy the outdoors.