I’ve occasionally been invited to one of those posh functions at which guests are provided with several distinctly differing sets of cutlery, and I haven’t got a clue which knife and fork to use first. To be honest, I’m a bit of a social slob, and with the details of dining etiquette well beyond my comprehension I just bog in, using whatever comes to hand to stab and slash at any hunk of refined tucker, to the amusement or embarrassment of more sophisticated diners.
A knowledge of etiquette may at times seem irrelevant, but when it comes to camping, there are rules to be followed, and if your comprehension of camping etiquette is on a par with your understanding of astrochemistry, there’s a good chance that you’ll become the most unpopular and unwelcome of campers.
If, on arrival at some scenic spot, you’re met with a sign that says ‘No Camping’, then that’s exactly what it means. There might not be an obvious reason for camping to be prohibited, but whether you like it or not, no definitely means no, and the realisation that you’ll have to find somewhere else to spend the night should be as easy to comprehend as the fact that night follows day.
I’m not nagging, well only a little bit, but campers who play by the often unwritten rules make life easier and more pleasant for everyone, and when you finally find a camping area that’s just right for you, make sure you do the right thing in every respect.