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.