Night time camping entertainment
What do we do when the sunset is gone? Those who are easily amused, like me, could spend the whole evening just starring at the fire and gazing at the stars. (The older you get the easier it is to just enjoy the simple things.) But if you have some young or otherwise easily bored folks here are a few of our favorite things to do:Storytelling - the old standby-
For those who don't know how to tell stories, I suggest, you go listen to someone who does. Watch your local paper for storytelling events in your area. Go see them and talk to the performers afterwards. You may even find they are wonderful people who eventually become your friends. If you have a big event - hire them! It's the perfect touch for certain gatherings.Music and campfire rounds -
Here's my personal favorite. If you play an instrument, the campfire provides you with a captive audience. If not, there are a lot of appropriate camp fire songs you can find on the internet. Rounds are really cool if you have enough people.Star gazing -
One of the first things any outdoor person should learn is how to find the north star just in case you find yourself 'on the trail' after dark. But in addition to that, there are a lot of wonderful things to observe if you take the time to learn how to find them.Night Walking -
Most people don't realize how well you can see at night ( without the help of flashlights and lanterns). I mean even on a moonless night. The secret is to let your eyes adjust to the darkness. It usually takes about 15 minutes. Hopefully you'll be camped back in the boonies off a dirt road away from lights, cars and other people. Try night walking down the road for a mile or two. You might want to take the flashlight but don't use it . See if you don't agree that at some point your mind takes on a different kind of consciousness. The thing about night walking is to learn to use your peripheral vision.Cooking desserts -
Roasting marshmallows and fixing smores are probably the two most popular camping desserts. My guess is that both were invented more to amuse the kids than anything else.The camp fire - the camp TV
Now I know we have all been told not to play in the fire and the fire represents a particularly salient danger to the very young among us. Still, my bet is that since the discovery of fire, man has played in it. The pretty much ultimate fire game is the grease bomb. The up side of this procedure is that it effectively demonstrates the danger of throwing water on burning grease.