Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, science fiction romance author, romantic suspense author, project enterprise series, steampunk
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I was about…twelve? Thirteen? when I realized that I don’t like to camp. I lost faith in my break up with camping after I got married to a guy who loves to camp. Turns out I loved the guy, not the camping, so my faith that I was ill suited to camping returned. Outhouses do that to me. And being outside at night, at the mercy of random, hungry critters. I still love the guy, but still a big no on the camping. But it took Jim Gaffigan to put into words what I knew deep down to be true. So, without further ado, here’s Jim Gaffigan on camping:

Point by point, there is no way to argue with him. He makes a great case and I promise you, I have no acting ability at all. I’d totally be bear grub. But, in the spirit of fairness, I thought I’d link to some sites that give tips for safely camping around bears (um, still don’t get why you’d want to but your mileage may vary):

Bear Safety Tips – They start out stating that bear attacks are extremely rare, but the thing is, if you getting munched on, stats just don’t matter, do they?

Tips for Safe Camping in Bear Country – They don’t bother to tell you bear attacks are rare. Instead, they suggest you look for signs of bears in your camp site. It is very good advice not to set up in a camp that is “attractive to bears.” Click through to find out what attracts bears (food) if you don’t know.

Camping and Hiking in Black Bear Country – Now notice they specify black bears. That’s because it’s a really bad idea to hike in grizzly bear country. Really bad. They start with facts about bears that would make me not want to camp anywhere near bears. If I liked to camp. Which I don’t.

Bear Aware: Tips for Camping in Bear Country – I find I can be bear aware without leaving my house, but your mileage may vary. This post offers a link to the Grizzly Outreach Project. Seriously? Outreach to grizzly bears? And when they bite your hand to feed…

Just saying…

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Here’s hoping your camping is bear-free and fun-filled! I’ll be at staying at home and perilously yours,


Friday Camping Fun Vid/How not to get eaten links

6 thoughts on “Friday Camping Fun Vid/How not to get eaten links

  • September 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I can identify with your post on sooooo many levels! I’ve endured all the typical scenarios that the word “camping” brings to mind, and I decided a few years ago that enough’s enough.

    When hubby suggested not long ago that we go camping again, I said, “Fine, as long as you are the one sleeping on the ground in a tent while I’m sleeping in air conditioned comfort at the motel a couple of miles away.”

    And then I reminded him that either of us could be an ideal actor in the “Help, I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up” commercials, and that we’d be hard pressed to rise again once we were prostrate on the ground. That was the end of it.

    • September 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Boy, don’t I know it! Gravity grabs me harder each year! And why would I want to do all the things I do at home, with less room and no conveniences? LOL!

  • September 15, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Bears, bears, bears. You should add to the list that every adult person staying in the cabin must read the warning about what time it is acceptable to put the trash in the bins. Otherwise, you might be staring at a bear less than 5ft away with nothing but a window and a trash bin separating you at 2 in the morning. (breathe)

    Don’t ask me to sleep in a tent. I’ve done that once or twice in my life–that was one or two times too many. šŸ™‚

    • September 16, 2012 at 3:01 am

      I know! This friend of ours had a “bear proof” garbage area and woke to a mama bear breaking into it. Quite easily, too! And they break into cabins up toward Yellowstone. What’s to stop them coming in to a regular house?

  • September 15, 2012 at 4:44 am

    I LOVE that skit! Not too big on camping since we almost got snowed under in Cuyamaca in the mountains. It was a frozen ride home in a tiny car. My idea of camping is hanging out with the fam until late into the night with a good fire and good classic black & white movies. šŸ˜‰


    • September 16, 2012 at 3:02 am

      That is mine, too! Roughing it is a Motel 8!!! LOLOL!

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