please read to the end before jumping on board.
INTRO TO CAMPING 101: i haven't done nearly enough camping in my life. i want to get good at it by starting small & easy. this is step 1 - car camping close to home. are you in the same boat? anyone can do this. of course having some experienced people around too would be great for mentoring newbies like me.
the benefits of car camping are: you can bring whatever you want because your car has room. you can bring an air mattress, chairs, grill or camping stove, hand drum, guitar, kayak, bike & a big cooler. trips to a store are easy for forgotten stuff. it's inexpensive. i chose dates just before memorial day in order to avoid summer crowds, the worst of the bugs & price increases, and the temperature should be just right for sleeping outside.
reservations: i propose that we get a bunch of tent sites close together. make your reservations through reserveamerica dot com for sites 125, 122, 126, 119 and 117. there's room at each site for 2 tents and tents can be shared. if more than 10 people want to go, the other tent sites are right up close to this little group. coordinate splitting a site with someone on the discussion board so everyone knows what's available. (bonus - sharing sites means everyone pays half price!) please be sure to post updates when spots are taken. don't forget to read the reservation policies & campsite rules.
equipment: a basic cheap tent & sleeping bag from job lot or the back of your closet are fine for this mild environment. some gear stores rent them if you don't want to buy. backpacker dot com & other websites have great gear lists. of course you can ask specific questions here but we're all ultimately responsible for bringing our own stuff. this includes food - having a pot-luck meal would be fun (discussion board) but plan to feed & hydrate yourself. dress for both daytime & evening temperatures. a rain jacket is always a good idea.
fires are allowed so don't forget the s'mores, chairs and instruments! consider bringing a few copies of words for songs you want to sing with the group. (note 'with' the group - it's fun to hear from everyone so one person should not be monopolizing the proverbial mic). campfire wood should be bought at the campsite, not brought in from elsewhere, to avoid bad environmental consequences.
of course being in this group environment means being considerate of others, being helpful, not taking undue advantage, blah blah blah. you're all nice so that's not really an issue. i ask that dogs are left at home for this one event please.
1-2 weeks beforehand we can plan daytime activities like a bike ride or whatever people are up for. it might even be warm enough to swim! (thinking about that now, in early february, is the whole reason i'm planning this event haha).
last paragraph i promise: let's start with the meetup RSVP, see how much interest there is then make camp reservations. now enough with beaurocracy, let's make plans to have some fun!