The first thing that comes to mind when I think about camping is the Campfire. The second thing is, “I sure hope they never stop us from having them”. In this day of Spare the Air Days at least in the State of
California, they have still
not outlawed the good old campfire. I
would gladly give up the right to have a fireplace fire in my home to retain
the right to have a campfire in the wild.
I’m sure there are those of you who
do not agree with me on this point, but I am pretty sure most of you agree that
a campfire helps retain the real
romance of living outdoors.
Putting the romance of the campfire aside for the moment, there are very practical reasons to have one. Here are a few: heat, light, cooking, cleaning and warding off most wild animals. I know that each one of these can be replaced by: a stove, lantern, boiling water on a stove and a weapon of some sort. But if you are going to have a campfire for esthetic reasons why not also use it for practical ones too. In that way you are not using as much propane, white gas, batteries or ammunition, I also hate roasting marshmallows and chestnuts over my camp stove.