When I was a kid my family and I would hitch a camper to the back of our giant Ford Expedition, toss the dog in the backseat, and head Up North (that borderless region around the “fingertips” of the Lower Peninsula that ever Michigander knows) to go camping. Our destination was usually around Traverse City so that when my mother got tired of all the dirt and lukewarm fire pit bratwursts we could go into a civilized place for a nice meal, but nevertheless it was always a welcome escape into nature from the monotony of suburbia. Now that I live even further away from nature in New York, I miss it.
Luckily for me, camping isn’t going anywhere. In fact, according to this infographic, the future of camping in the US has never been brighter. People are apparently enjoying their camping vacations so much that the average trip length is around 13 days, and 8% of these folks are kicking it al aire libre without any form of shelter. I don’t know if I’ll be that dedicated to becoming one with nature the next time I go camping, but I know one thing for sure: I’m definitely not going to be part of the 2% of asshats who pitch a freakin’ yurt in the woods: