Picking the Perfect Tent Spot

Dogs barking, seals splashing, snakes nesting, kingfishers chattering – picking the perfect tent spot can be somewhat of  a wild adventure!

We didn’t have much choice when it came to camping areas along coastal bluffs on a recent kayak trip. Beach landings were limited and reasonably flat areas with room for three tents even more so. That being said, we still managed to snag some pretty prime real estate.

Bedtime bliss by the sea. (Photo: Megan Kopp)

Things Learned from Coastal Tenting

  • If you want to get away from it all, don’t choose a popular mooring harbor for yachts and sailboats. Sea-faring dogs need potty breaks and camping areas are popular locations. Not a big deal – when the owners clean up.
  • Light sleeper – bring ear plugs. Wildlife don’t respect the quiet hours, no matter where you choose to camp. From woodpeckers to seals to kingfishers to crows – there’s a whole lot of noise in the wild!
  • If you’re traveling with a group, be sure to land first,  rush to shore and quickly grab the flattest bumpy spot first. Hesitate and you will fighting gravity all night long.
  • Be sure to pack a good sleeping pad.
  • And finally, if you have a trip mate with a snake phobia, be sure to let them check out the sites first – always good entertainment!

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