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Last minute beach hiking and camping

This was a great little hike Mark and I put together in just a few days. I think it was on Tuesday I said "Hey I'm free Friday, wanna go for a hike?". He was up for it too, so we tried to figure out a good place to hike that was close. We decided on a local state park on the lake. We pulled in and paid the 5.00 to stay for the day and left my truck in the beach parking lot hoping I wouldn't get a ticket or be towed. It was there the next morning. It was the only vehicle in the whole parking lot. I was actually surprised there was no problem. Since we weren't camping overnight, we were supposed to be out by dark.

Anyway, we put our packs on and walked down to the beach and headed north along the shore. Once we got off the state beach, we were walking along the water in front of a bunch of people's camps and waved and said hello as we walked by. After a couple miles we were out of that area and there was no one around. Once we got to the end of the camps right before all the open land / wilderness the last camp had several people playing horseshoes. One guy actually asked us what we were doing and hefted Marks backpack and asked if he had beer in there as if we were a couple kids out to party on the beach. I'm 41 and Mark's 50 and is a retired cop. We just went along and told the guy were out for a day hike, but it was funny. I wanted to say "listen buddy, I'm way past the point where I sneak around to drink beer," but I did understand him and his point. They have probably had problems with partying kids in the past.

Anyway, we hiked a while longer went into the weeds a bit off the beach and set up camp for the night. Mark had a little one man bug tent he slipped into and I just put a tarp and a little camp pad on the beach and hit the rack. The wind off the beach and the sounds were great. I love sleeping under the stars while camping.

We got up at dawn and hiked back out the next morning. Turned out to be a great idea. It's not about the END OF THE WORLD - It's not about surviving a hypothetical PLANE CRASH - It's about the SATISFACTION YOU GET knowing you can take care of yourself and/or your family in ANY SITUATION, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE!

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