During my working-stiff years in a major city, I used to watch the masses take off on holiday weekends. They went to the other end of the state, where the lakes, rivers, and forests were. Meanwhile I stayed put in the metro area, and did my favorite bicycling of the year. The traffic was so light! This technique worked so well it makes me wonder if a camper is more likely to find peace and quiet in a Walmart parking lot, on a holiday weekend, rather than heading for the "backcountry." People can be forgiven for getting discouraged and deciding that there is no such thing as backcountry on a holiday weekend. But in fact, there is. In summary if you allow yourself to think like everybody else, you will end up camping with everybody else. (And you know what that means.) You just have to be assertive in breaking certain bad habits, such as going to "free campsite" websites and apps. Avoid anyplace that can be recognized as a tourist-brand-name: if it has a
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