Carley Letchworth Personal essay

Every summer my dad, brother, and I go camping at least twice a month. We don’t have a set camp ground we go to, we just love camping on warm summer days and we bring our little fishing boat to the lake and ride the cool calm water. We would set the boat with our anchor, cast our fishing rods, and relax while catching so many whiskered catfish. We have been doing this for a few years since we lived here in Stuart. The lakes are large with not a lot of people around which is nice and relaxing. The lakes are surrounded by tall trees, and old hiking bridges.

My favorite part is the smell of the burning campfires and smoky food we have, and it is a great getaway from people.After we set up the campsite we put our boat in the water; however, since it’s just a small boat my dad and I can just carry it to the water. I remember when we had a big boat, we would have to pull the boat up to the launching ramp and it would scare me since the ramp was a steep hill and me being eight at the time. My Dad would sometimes ask me to help, even if I wanted to I would always refuse cause I knew I couldn’t cause of my little noodle arms. However, since I am older now we have the small boat so it’s an easier to get the boat set up.The lakes we go to are always surrounded by gorgeous tall pines, sparkling water, sand and old hiking trails/bridges. I love being in the woods in the dead of night or in the middle of the day, it doesn’t matter, I just find it so peaceful and relaxing.

The way the sun/moonlight shines through the trees high above it is just so beautiful. When we go camping I walk on the hiking trails at least once. The trails are a great way to clear your mind, I just love walking across the old bridges that overlook the sparkling lake and occasionally see a fish or two jump out of the water.When we are camping at a lake or just camping in general, there are smells all over the place. The smoky smell of fresh campfire smoke fills the air and sometimes the scent of marshmallows and hotdogs being toasted/cooked are all over. My brother always insets to get marshmallows and Hershey bars to make s’mores even when it’s still light out; often he would get his fingers sticky and dirty from making so many of them. The campfires I make are so big bright with fiery reds, oranges and yellows.

This is always a great time for my dad and me to peacefully talk to each other while looking up at the stars.Camping is the best thing I like to do with my family, no matter where we may go I know we are going to have a great time. From driving the boat around the sparkling water to relaxing, catching fish of all shapes and sizes. Also getting away from reality and relaxing under the starry sky. The smell of campfire smoke slowing floating up the tall pine trees is one of my favorite things about camping. If you haven’t went camping before; I strongly recommend it, it is one of my most favorite thing to do no matter when or where it may be.

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