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Five Types of Camping.

(originally written In July 2008, post delayed). I decided to plan a fun little trip last month that I have wanted to do for a few years now. When we were kids, my brother and I would go up with my dad to a little lake in the west side of the Sierra’s called Ward Lake. The fishing was always amazing and the hikes were always a ton of fun to just take off and get lost. This time I wanted to do a little bit of back country camping. Hike away from the car and set up camp with whatever we could hall on our backs. My original thought was that I’m 24 y/o so backpacking in the sierra’s is a must, even if it takes getting back in shape to do it. So I called my dad up and asked if he wanted to go up to Lake Edison in the Sierra National Forrest at about 8,000 ft. We had a good time. He taught me how to fly fish, so we went up the creek a few miles one day and caught about 60 golden trout between the two of us. We took his kayak across the lake with us so that we could fish out of it as well. It was a much needed trip, but this trip got me thinking about camping and the people who do it.

So basically, there are 5 ways to go camping. Each style has it’s own types of camper and different people find there own comfort level based on their sense of adventure, their collective history of camping experiences and their financial situation & physical ability. (more…)

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Prof. Marler

Professor David Wayland Marler ( 1937 – 2008 )

He was my favorite professor. A very wise man, absolutely stunning. I would sit in his office and listen to him talk about History for hours, those were some of the best hours of college I ever spent. I went on a trip to East Europe on the Holocaust remembrance tour with him in 2005 with a class of about 25. Dr. Marler was head over heals in love with the girl on the left of him in this picture. She was our tour guide for the day and she spoke czech so beautifully, he kept asking her in German if she could speak a language he knew so that he could ask her to marry him. He definitely had a sense of humor. It was a challenge and a joy to learn in his classroom. Though, the topic of discussion usually went on 4 tangents before we talked about anything regarding the classes purpose. What we learned from a lecture or an assignment from one of his classes was so often secondary to what we learned from his passion. He loved history, he loved reading books and talking about them, but there was a sense that he actually loved each one of us as well. That’s why will miss Dr. Marler.

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