All of us hear all of it too typically. Mississippi is final on this good checklist. Mississippi is first on this dangerous checklist. We right here on the newspaper hear it, or learn it, extra typically than the common citizen as a result of all these of us that do all these surveys — unofficial in fact — ship it to the media retailers hoping to get their title within the paper, or on the radio, or splashed throughout the tv display.
Right here’s one I’ve been pondering simply how to answer, as a result of it hit dwelling. Not simply dwelling right here in Scott County however dwelling in my soul. I’m a camper at coronary heart, have been my whole life, and after I learn the headline on this press launch I caught it apart, figuring out I wished to reply.
So, right here goes…
This one got here in just a few months again from a fellow named John Schmidt. It’s headlined Mississippi is the No. 3 Worst State for Tenting. I have no idea John, and I don’t agree with John, however here’s what John needed to say.
“With recent air, nature’s music, and fire-roasted meals, few issues are extra enjoyable than a tenting journey along with your favourite of us. However the place you pitch your tent (or park your RV) could make or break your evening beneath the celebrities.
“Garden Love ranked 2022’s Greatest States for Tenting primarily based on 17 key components. How does Mississippi stack up?”
Listed below are among the rankings John highlighted for our truthful state with a 50 being the worst.
• Whole Acreage of State & Nationwide Parks – forty ninth
• Share of State Coated in Parks – forty ninth
• Common RV Rental Price – forty ninth
• Variety of Campsites with Bogs – thirty ninth
• Variety of RV Rental Provides – forty seventh
• Pure Hazard Index – forty fifth
Now I have no idea about these RV leases, price nor availability, and I don’t know what the Pure Hazard Index is likely to be, nonetheless it does sound sort of scary, however I do know that I’ve but to camp in one in every of our parks that didn’t have a rest room of some type or trend. And, my pals, I’ve camped in a whole lot of them.
John went on to direct me to an internet site for additional data, so onto the web site I went.
The highest ten states, in line with John, so as of choice are California, Washington, Minnesota, Michigan, Florida, Ohio, Texas, Colorado, New York and Oregon.
I’ve solely camped in three of these, Colorado, Texas, and Florida. Ran up on rattle snakes in each Texas and Florida — an enormous one in Florida — and each locations have been hotter than any summer season day beneath some good, shady Mississippi pines.
Colorado? Effectively, yeah, I’ll agree with it being within the high ten, however I’ll add that there have been quite a few locations we camped there that didn’t have bogs.
These different states, I believe it’d depend upon the time of the 12 months, and in California particularly, which finish of the darn place you might be pitching your tent.
Right here in Mississippi we will camp just about 12 months spherical and I’ve even gone not less than as soon as, as a child in Boy Scouts, with snow on the bottom. My spouse wouldn’t take care of tenting with snow on the bottom, I don’t suppose, however she wouldn’t thoughts watching the snowflakes fluttering down by means of the home windows of one in every of our state park cabins.
That’s sort of the place my foremost problem is available in with John and his survey. Tenting ain’t all about what number of acres you’ve bought to pitch a tent on, or how a lot it prices to lease an RV, and even the Pure Hazard Index, no matter that could be. It’s about high quality time, the great thing about nature, and even how near dwelling a park is likely to be, say, like Roosevelt State Park. That’s a reasonably good place to camp, and sure, they do have bogs.
One other good spot, my favourite in Mississippi really, in case you don’t thoughts a little bit of a drive is Tishomingo State Park up within the northeast nook of the state. It’s merely lovely and comes full with mountain climbing, river floating, a swinging bridge, a lake for fishing and canoeing, and plenty of different facilities, and sure, they even have bogs approach up there in that a part of Mississippi too!
Even after logging onto John’s web site, I’m nonetheless unsure how on this planet they got here up with a Quantity 3 rating for Mississipi in relation to the worst locations to camp.
Maybe they should come for a go to earlier than releasing their survey subsequent 12 months. I do know loads of of us that will be comfortable to indicate them round.
In case you’re fascinated about John’s stats, the net tackle is https://lawnlove.com/weblog/best-states-camping/ and with that I’ll conclude as John did, Pleased Tenting!