Renegade Car Camping: A Guide to Free Campsites and the Ultimate Road Trip Experience Kindle Edition
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The book does present the possibility of dispersed camping in state and national forests. I have done this a few times. Sometimes, while using these sites, I've had to pay a small fee. I haven't minded parting with $5 or $10 to help cover the cost of maintaining the road, the campsite, and at least a minimal amount of fire and police protection. I'm planning to use such sites extensively on an upcoming trip, and I was hoping to find contact information for state and federal jurisdictions that offer such camping, but no such luck.
A few other options for a low budget night are covered, including walk-in tentsites, hostels, and couch surfing. While these might be helpful suggestions when the free campsite doesn't appear, their mention didn't improve my knowledge of where to find car campsites. There was a link to a couch surfing website. I joined it and took a look, but I doubt this is an option I'll use. I think I grew out of sleeping in strangers' living rooms some time in my 20s.
The book does have an informative section on Leave No Trace ethics. Good information is presented about how to dig a cat hole, although if burying toilet paper is not appropriate, I believe that packing it out is a better option than burning it. I do applaud the suggestion that if you camp in an area, you can create good karma, and maybe good will, by picking up the trash in the area and taking it with you when you leave.
Quality of writing and editing are good. I didn't catch any misspellings, grammatical issues, or typographical errors.
Since I downloaded a free version of this book, I can say I got more than I paid for. However, I'm still going to have to study a lot of maps and visit a lot of websites to plan my trip.
I do a lot of canoe camping and an occasional backpacking trip. I would do more, but usually travel and hike with a buddy. If they bail, I usually cancel the trip. After reading through this book, I am more inclined to say the heck with them, I am going anyway! Load up the car and just head out someplace.
I can't swing a few months off, but I can manage those weekend trips. Just enough to recharge after a week in the salt mines and look forward to the next trip.
Awesome book Bryan, looking forward to your next set.
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