May 26, 2013

John Christie: Numerous campgrounds can provide for summer delights

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While camping in state facilities may strike some folks, especially those with children, as being a little spartan for their tastes (despite the fact there's even free Wi-fi and geo-caching in some of them), amenities in the more than 200 member campgrounds of the Maine Campground Owners Association boggle the mind. In addition to more than 20,000 campsites, you can find campgrounds offering jacuzzis, hot tubs, swimming pools, fish ponds, miniature golf, playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, horseshoes, shuffleboard, recreation halls, entertainment, arcades, convenience stores, snack bars, water slides, canoe and boat rentals, and a variety of other diversions to please virtually every taste and need.

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As you can plainly see, it's not your grandfather's camping any more.

But for those of us who cherish the experience of simply reveling in nature and getting away from what has been referred to as "the colossal curtain of sound that enshrouds us" as we go through our normal life, there's no better way to spend a few days than sleeping under the stars and watching the dancing flames of a camp fire with peepers serenading you to sleep.

John Christie is an author and year-round Maine explorer. He and his son, Josh, write in Outdoors about places to enjoy beauty only Maine has to offer. He can be contacted at:


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