Retirees are Getting Into Camping — Here's How You Can, Too

If you can tolerate the bugs and mud, camping is a great way to commune with nature and see the country on a range of budgets

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“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home, that wildness is a necessity, and parks are fountains of life.” — Naturalist John Muir, Our National Parks, 1909

Greg Winslow found his love of camping later in life. “I just had an interest in spending more time outdoors and being with nature,” he says.  When he was  51, Winslow bought a tent and a motorcycle, and off he went. He is far from alone.

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Yvette C. Hammett is a lifelong journalist whose career has focused on environmental issues, growth and development, economic development and the everyday lives of people. Hammett worked as a staff reporter for the Tampa Tribune from 2001 through 2016 and has written for numerous publications covering B2B marketing, growth in Central Florida, culture and business in the Tampa Bay area, national environmental issues for Natural Awakenings magazine and

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