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Camping: Part 2 of The Lake Near Home

Updated on January 13, 2013


Pack it all up, everything you own

We’re going camping at the lake near home

Pack up the clothes and blankets too

Don’t forget the tent or we’ll sleep in the dew


Hook up the boat that’s the color of green

It’ll be the best campin’ trip you’ve ever seen

Grab the tackle box, the poles and the bait

Hurry up now, I don’t want to wait!


Everything’s ready, it’s time to go

Glad we’re in the south and there won’t be any snow

Hop in the truck, I let him steer

Gonna stop at the store, fill the cooler with beer


Back in the truck and off to the campground

Radio playing some wonderful sound

We drive for an hour, not much more than that

The campground is close, hope we get our favorite plat


We pull in slowly, scanning the sights

We choose where to camp, where we’ll spend our nights

Jump out of the truck and pitch the tent

It’s huge, like a house, money well spent


Into the tent go the clothes neatly packed

Glad that an air mattress isn’t something that’s lacked

Set up the grill and all the lawn chairs

We’ll see some raccoons but not any bears


The work is done, we’re all set to camp

Off we go, take the boat to the ramp

The sun is out, the sky is blue

A little bit of fishin’ is what we’re gonna do


Fishin all day til the sun goes down

We’re a long way from the nearest town

A small pile of sticks and we’ll make a fire

A lantern in a tree hangs from a wire


Sitting at the camp, cold beer in hand

Music playing softly, it’s our favorite band

He stands up and begins to prance

Holds out his hand, he wants me to dance


Arm in arm we go, we’re probably quite a sight

Dancing ‘round and ‘round in the pale moonlight

It doesn’t matter what plays, lyrics short or long

‘Keeper of the stars ‘ is our favorite song


Dance a few more, it’s been a long day

“It’s time for bed, let’s go to sleep” I say

And off we go into our tent like a dome

Camping again at the lake near home

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am envious! Three more years and I will experience this; you captured it beautifully.

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      Linda 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you so much!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 4 years ago from Philippines

      I like the rhythm of the poem, which contributes to the mood. And I like the details you put in -- the tacklebox, tent, racoons, boat, fishing. These words make it easy to envision what you're saying. The camping trip becomes more than a vacation but part of an important family ritual and I love the touch of romance at the end.

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      Linda 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you! I love what fellow hubbers are saying about the things I write. I simply get inspired and often write without notes. It amazes me that what I write inspires and pleases people!

      Thank you for commenting!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Great job, lindalou. Makes me wanna pack up the truck and head for the lake! VUM! :)

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      Linda 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you T... it's certainly one of my favorite past times!!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      This takes me back to my childhood! Fantastic poem that just takes the reader away into a relaxing lake experience.

      Fine follow up to part 1

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      Linda 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you so much for your comment!

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      April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona

      awesome and well written, can't wait to go camping again...although I have to drive more than an hour to get out of the desert and find a lake that actually has water in it, believe me, desert camping is not as much fun! Am I missing part 1??

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      Linda 4 years ago from Texas

      No, desert camping doesn't sound like much fun! Part one is called 'the lake near home.' They're not actually part 1 and 2, but they are both about the same lake so I chose to label them that way. And, yes, there will be many more parts! Thanks for commenting and for the kinds words.

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      April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks linda, I will have to read that when I get a chance!

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      Darlene 3 years ago

      Awesome!! Now I want to go camping!!!

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