Camping plus hunting or fishing go together like peanut butter and jelly, or so I thought, this morning as we camped on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It rained last night. This morning the campground looked like a FEMA forest of blue tarps as campers sought refuge under cheap plastic.

Except for us, of course, as we had a better way. There are lots of better ways when it comes to camping. Everybody, it seems, has their favorite gear and the tricks for using it. The above photo shows our set-up this morning. From within that, here are a few–to us, anyway–essential highlights.
Rain Shelter–For the past 15 years or so, we’ve been using that tan domelike contraption over a campground table. Supported by flexible fiberglass poles, it sheds wind as well as rain and has yet to tear or blow over. Ours originally came from L.L.Bean, but I think they no longer sell them. I’d love to know where to find another one.

Tent–Having used various tent designs over the years, I keep coming back to the Eureka Timberline style shown in the photo. Its A-frame design is quick and easy to set up and sheds rain extremely well. I long ago learned that a “two-man” tent doesn’t really have room for two people, so Mrs. Merwin and I use a four-person version.

Stove--Here again, we’ve more or less tried everything in the way of camp stoves. I long ago gave up on liquid-fuel stoves as too awkward and messy. So we use propane, presently a Primus model that works very well. Carrying a small, 5-pound bulk propane tank means we usually don’t have to deal with numerous smaller cylinders.

Lantern–Here again, no more liquid fuels. But I also think most common propane lanterns are obnoxiously bright. So we’re using a Primus model that runs on iso-butane cannisters from the backpacking store. Cheap, with enough light to cook/eat/ read by without being painfully bright.

So that’s how we’ve solved some common camping problems. I’m always open to suggestion, though, so lets hear some of yours.