posted on Jan, 15 2011 @ 05:17 PM
Ok, this is probably less wierd than you were hoping for, but "campfire" caught my eye.
Back in the 70s, kids used to have a lot more freedom than they do now. My friends & I used to go hiking & camping quite often. Later, in our early
teens, this changed, especially for the girls. The only way they could get out from under their parents was lying. The only way any of us could
get completely out from under adult interference was to go camping somewhere remote enough that nobody would be around. The girls had to make
arrangements with farmers etc so their parents felt they were safe, ie not in contact with boys. Yeah right!
My male mates & I were by this time pretty hardcore. We went off onto the Yorkshire Moors in the middle of winter etc for no better reason than to put
survival skills to the test & have a laugh. The point to grasp is that from the moment we put our boots on, in our minds, we became like the
characters from our favourite fantasy novels. Rules, law? Er... For Level 0 NPCs: we were on a mission!
So 1 time, the girls managed to find a farm that would let them pitch tents about 30miles easy walk away from a great little valley we'd discovered
in our ramblings. That valley was the intended rendesvous. Back then, girls were not really expected to pay for anything, but we were all skint, so
since they paid for a useless campsite, we lads had to carry enough tentage, booze, food, other comestibles & equipment about 40miles from the nearest
bus-stop. Bear in mind that our "map" was a sketch copied from the Ordnance Survey @the local library & that it didn't show the farm the girls had
chosen exactly. A blizzard blew up about 15miles into our slog.
IDK how familiar any of you are with orienteering, but be assured, when there's heavy cloud cover & freezing sleet coming down on you in the middle
of nowhere, its not easy, even with a good map. Our choices were simple: either pitch tents where we were or put on "forced march" speed so the
exercise would keep us warm enough to survive.