Look at that stove! I wonder if that was something they hauled up there in that trailer or if that was someething in place there for the public to use?
No garbage can ..........just cans in a heap. Certainly hope they policed their camp sight good when they broke up camp.
Someon was a swimmer in that cold lake, as there is the suit hanging on the clothes line.
Also notice the heavy number of trees that close to the lakes edge.
Wonderful cup of coffe out of that old camp coffee pot I would imagine. Just let it boil and boil.
Younger generations have no idea about how it was to REALLY go camping...
charlott on 7th August 2012 @ 7:04am
I like that stove!
I wonder if they took the table. It doesn't appear weathered. Maybe that is what is on top of the trailer.
And it looks like a cupboard for the kitchen sink.
The young gentleman could be the son, Carroll Day, except there appears to be a wedding band on the hand of the lady by the stove.
l.e. on 7th August 2012 @ 7:52am
I took a closer look at the hi-res image. The skillet has bratwurst in it, with beans in the next pan. Only a few cans have the labels facing us, but there are several cans of Campbell's Beans, and Hormel-- you guessed it, Spam.
Arthur on 7th August 2012 @ 10:08am
IN my "youth", camping was more work than at home. Now at my age, my idea of a good camping experience is a nice motel at the beach! LOL
judy on 7th August 2012 @ 11:12am
Notice the lack of folding lawn chairs.
Those are one of today's conveniences I appreciate.
Sure beats sitting on a stump or the ground.
I would guess that the tin cans will be burned and then buried.
l.e. on 7th August 2012 @ 12:00pm
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Ross Fuqua on 7th August 2012 @ 12:03pm
Ah yes, the "good" old days, I offer my second of Judy's motion. Camping was a lot of work even in the 1950s..... My father always insisted that we leave the camp in better condition than we found it.....yes, picking up those damn pull tabs that in those days were designed to come off...
Now off to fry up some Spam........Arlen
Arlen Sheldrake on 7th August 2012 @ 12:18pm
Yes the world of Spam and belogna...............Us who were "War babies" ate our share of those two items after the war. Have you ever had fried belogna on a couple of pieces of toast with lots of mustard? Give it a try sometime.....
charlott on 8th August 2012 @ 5:50am
They don't even know it but they would kill for a $20 Walgreen's folding chair. Other than that camping looks pretty easy back then. I am of the "younger generation" and we carry only what can fit on your back, not what you can fit in a trailer.
AndrewB on 8th August 2012 @ 10:09am
Try camping in those days with 4 or 5 children and you will think it was easy.
charlott on 8th August 2012 @ 7:28pm
Thank you Ross for the extra history photo link.
I just looked at the Hanford horse powered ferry.
l.e. on 8th August 2012 @ 9:54pm
I was the forest service lookout on Lost Lake Butte so had a badge on my shirt in 1942..
One camper used a pretty nice table for kindling. Told him he could put it back as he found it. Knew I had lots of FS guards between that messed up table;like the guard at the the lake and at least one at the check point on the entry road.
John McLucas on 23rd March 2017 @ 8:27am