I went camping from last Thursday til yesterday. It wasn't RV style-we roughed it. The fanciest things we had were the fold down back seat of the van to sleep on and a small, portable, Coleman stove. There were no porta potties and no trash receptacles, we had to use trash bags to dispose of our trash. It was pretty primitive as far as camping goes. But aside from several backpackers on Saturday, it was nearly silent. I would sit or lie and listen for the different bird calls. There's a pair of crows that bicker back and forth and several I couldn't identify. Truth be told, the crows were the only ones I identified. Oh! And I saw a pair of small falcons too!
A short ways from the campsite is a beautiful creek going under a bridge and coming out of the other side to flow over huge stones that have been eroded for who knows how many thousands of years. The erosion looks like tiny steps on the rocks slanted at an angle. We played a game called stick races: you place a stick or leaf in a spot on the creek where it cannot be immediately swept away but which can eventually be swept into the stream. I found myself mesmerized as I followed the progress of my little twig hoping it would get swept into the stream before my ex's did. If it gets stuck for too long or permanently stuck... disqualified!
And a little sunburn and a lot of bugs! There were mosquitoes, small black ants, large black ants, noseeums, fireflies and bees of various sorts. There was even a beetle with a metallic outer wing in orangish pinkish greenish blue. Yeah, like that made sense. I got bit up by bugs in spite of using skin so soft, or else the sun gave me a rash (like my ex claims), or both. I think it's a mixture of bug bites and maybe contact dermatitis from a plant. At least it didn't get on my butt!
There were short walks. My ex knows those woods like the back of his hand so he took me into the woods to see where the small stream that comes out of the mountain meets up with the main creek. Always always take a walking stick with you! My ex has navigated steep inclines using two sticks (two-stickin it he says) like they were two extra legs. I tried it once but you really have to have some strength anyhow.
Anyhow, we had a great time and it was so peaceful. As long as it remains a little known secret, it will stay that way.