I have only been camping three times in my lifetime. The first time was at an early age and went to camp down at Roaring River, it was kind of like a camp to teach you how to eat well, exercise and enjoy the great outdoors. Of course, that was the first time that I was away from my family and I think I called them three times a day, wanting to come home.

I have only been camping three times in my lifetime. The first time was at an early age and went to camp down at Roaring River, it was kind of like a camp to teach you how to eat well, exercise and enjoy the great outdoors. Of course, that was the first time that I was away from my family and I think I called them three times a day, wanting to come home.
But on the upside of things, I remember hiking, fishing, hearing campfire stories and making new friends. Awhile back, I actually ran across my camp patch - we were the 'Cowboys.' Just fond memories.
The next two times I went camping was with some family friends during their reunion. The first time was down at Twin Bridges State Park and the second time for their reunion was in Grove, Okla.
Prior to leaving, I headed down to Wal-Mart, got a two-person tent, a lawn chair, my swim trunks, a flashlight, lantern, a book to read and of course my camera.
I remember for food, my friend's family would make the best breakfast over a campfire: eggs, bacon, toast, with the help of an iron skillet. Lunch was either cold cuts or hamburgers and dinner was also hamburgers as well. We were down there for just a couple of days, but we would take hikes, go down on the river, play cards and just relax.
While on a recent business trip, I went by the Twin Bridges campground, it is a nice place to camp and very well-maintained. Looking at my old photographs, I even found a couple of pictures of that trip.
Maybe one of these days I will go back to camping.




Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor and writes a weekly column. He can be reached at thigdon@ neoshodailynews.com.