"We like camping better!" --Raymond Alexander Kukkee

view of the north shore Critter Pond, KOA Canandaigua NY [c] 2009 jcb

Are we nearly done with Perfect Camping Nights?

You may know of my obsession with Perfect Camping Nights. When I posted my good-bye to summer recently, I may have jumped the gun. We're more than halfway through September now, and I'm sitting out on the balcony deck (my writing refuge). The peepers are singing up a fall symphony, there's no hint of a breeze, and the temperature is fine for jeans and a sweatshirt. We even had a dandy campfire earlier this evening during Dinner at Dad's (my dad).

We've camped before in mid- to late September. Our little furnace pumps out 10,000 BTU's, which is more than enough to chase off a fifty-degree night chill. Most of the campgrounds in our area are open right through the third week of October, often with big discounts. So where do we stand on post-summer PCN's? ELEVEN! Yes, that's right: this "fall" month nearly ties the score with both June and July's tally of gorgeous overnights! One more night like this, and the counts are even.

four KOA cabins and campfires reflected in the pond at night [c]2008 jcb So we might get one or two more trips in yet this year, after all. The weekend forecast isn't encouraging, but there's plenty of potential for a few more beautiful camping evenings yet this year. Tell you one thing, the deer sure love this weather. They're everywhere! I missed one tonight, driving home in the moonlit darkness, by about ten feet. Good thing the driver behind me was paying attention. Who else is headed out for an early fall camping trip? Is this the best time of year for you? Any big leaf-watching trips planned?


  1. Jim,

    I will always love camping. It was so much a part of my life growing up. I have tried to instill in my son the joy of camping as well.

    As I get older it doesn't get easier, but still at certain times of the year I get the longing so strong. Especially to head to the mountains in New Mexico. Sadly I haven't been camping there in over 25 years, but here in Oklahoma we have a place we go. Beavers Bend is an excellent place with just about anything a person would want to do.

    Great post.

  2. Thanks, Missy,

    When I first learned about camping, in college, it seemed to be about roughing it in the mountains, far from civilization.

    Now, with teenage boys to entertain, we love staying at busy resort-style campgrounds. But, hey, it's still camping and that's what counts!

  3. It's Saturday night now, Sept 20, with the month nearly one-third gone. 8 pm and still almost 70 degrees, air filled with the night bug sounds of summer. Soooo...yet another Perfect Camping Night!

    That means Sept surpasses both June and July for PCN's!! How cool is that?