Campfire!

28 Jun

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Campfires are an elemental experience.  The sound of them.   Watching the flames dance and twist.  Adding fuel to the fire.  All these things reach our spirits.  Fires in a fireplace can give a bit of that comfort to our soul but there is something about gathering around a campfire with family and friends under a starry sky for stories and conversation, warmth, and, of course, food.  (More on that in a bit!)

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Campfires are also a safety issue.  When you camp in campgrounds, they generally provide a safe place for your fire.  When you camp in the National Forests, there are often no safe metal fire rings, just stone ones.  Much more satisfying.  Our campsite had a beautiful fire ring.  When camping where we were, you are required to get a fire permit before you use a campfire, camp stove, or even a propane lantern outside.  Why?  In order to reduce the risk of wildfires from careless campers, of course!  We anticipated having to stop at the Ranger’s office and get a permit but I found that I could take a test online and get my permit online.  Yay.

As part of the process, I had to learn how to safely manage a campfire.  We were really careful about following the rules.  Heck . . . I had to take a test!  We made sure our campfire was set up safely.  We followed the rules about how to put out a fire, too.  We kept a bucket of water near the fire and used the Drown-Stir-Feel method to put our fire out safely.

Gage’s job was to get a bucket of water everyday so that we could have our fire that night.  He braved mosquitos down by the creek to get the water. In the National Forests, you are also allowed to collect downed wood for your fires.   Gage, of course, had to get the biggest pieces he could find and haul them back with the water.

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This picture looks like one of the ads from the Go RVing association.  Funny that they haven’t called to ask us to become spokesmodels for their industry!  🙂 I think they are missing a good bet!

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Campfires.  Family.  And, of course, marshmellows.  Does it get any better than this?

Marshmellow ! by Tineeh

Marshmellow ! by Tineeh

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5 Responses to “Campfire!”

  1. Lynne at Hasty Brook 28 June, 2009 at 9:35 am #

    I love campfires! You’re right about the conversations and story telling. It’s better around a fire.

    I’ll take my marshmallows blackened please!

  2. Leslie 28 June, 2009 at 2:44 pm #

    Ah… there is nothing quite as wonderful as a campfire. Definitely a highlight of camping. And yes, I think the Go RVing Association should be calling any minute.

  3. Val 30 June, 2009 at 3:08 pm #

    This post made me positively ache to get away on a camping trip! Inspirational!

  4. Jayne 4 July, 2009 at 3:57 pm #

    Growing up, my family were not campers, and as such, I’ve never really had the fun that you are having by experiencing this most wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors. Your fire ring is beautiful, and I can imagine the family time was priceless.

  5. Neefer 28 July, 2009 at 3:03 pm #

    It would be better if you roasted peeps.

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