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  Noticed the same thing this year
  Posted by: Waterbird on Oct-20-12 9:50 PM (EST)

I hate the heat of summer, the crowded waters and campgrounds, and prices. So I take trips in the spring and fall (kayak, backpacking, car camping, etc.). As I get older I have to make more and more changes to make the experience tolerable. Exactly how much fun is it to have to light a fire at 4:30 p.m. and sit in the dark for the next 5 hours? Or go to bed at 7:00 and huddle in your tent in the cold for the next 12 hours?

But the alternative is even less appealing: to sit in your barcalounger getting old. So I keep doing it. I've come to realize that adventures and happiness involve some effort and hardship. When I get home I remember the adventure part and the beauty more than the hardship. So it's worth it, and I think you should keep doing it as long as you can, until it's really not fun anymore.

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