« on: March 09, 2012, 05:11:21 am »
Camping options have drastically changed in three decades. On my first Pacific-Atlantic crossing in '78, camping was never a problem. Free places were abundant. School yards, churches, city parks, ball fields, fire and police stations were frequently used. Even an occasional cemetery.
But today our culture has changed. There is a lack of trust by most everyone. As a retired professional, I'm now called a 'transient' and a 'bum' when I ask to camp at a police station. You can forget school yards completely. I was called a 'potential terrorist' by the town mayor of Fargo, GA last year when I asked permission to camp behind the school in the ball field.
Almost all city parks now have signs saying "No Camping". I find the "affordable/free camping" subject both frustrating and discouraging. Finding stealth campsites is increasingly more difficult. As others have mentioned in this subject, you certainly can't camp on property with 'No Trespassing' signs. I don't relish meeting an angry landowner.
Free camping is virtually a dinosaur. It is a relic of the past when your neighbor could be trusted. It's still possible, and I still try. Always I ask politely. And always to leave a clean, no trace camp when I'm permitted.
I'd like to see this subject continued and expanded from others who like to 'free camp'. Where do you stay?