A hundred words…

for Friday Fictioneers





I thought it might be nice to camp in the wood.

I’d commune with nature. Well most of nature, I’m not keen on spiders, ants, or creepy crawlies. 

I wanted a tent that blended with the surroundings, but camouflaged ones are hard to find.

If you think assembling an IKEA Billybollybottyboo is difficult you should try erecting a tent!  

I managed it eventually but then I had trouble finding the way in. Once in I couldn’t find the way out.

What to do? No wifi, no phone signal.


I thought it might be nice to stay in a luxury hotel.



bill-reynolds-camperThanks to Rochelle for hosting and to Bill Reynolds for the photo.


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61 thoughts on “A hundred words…

  1. Iain Kelly Oct 26, 2022 / 14:57

    Camping not for him it seems, although I dare say they sound like the sort of person who might make a disaster of the luxury hotel too!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Oct 28, 2022 / 10:38

      Despite what I wrote, I’m actually a serial camper and keep my tent and gear permanently in my car so I can take off at a moment’s notice! Hotels are nice too!

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      • Sadje Oct 28, 2022 / 10:45

        I know for you often write about going camping. But I prefer a nice hotel with an attached bath.

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  2. Christine Goodnough Oct 26, 2022 / 15:54

    Hurray for hotels! mind you, a camper gets in on a lot of adventure. Yesterday I reread RD Lawrence’s meeting with “Matilda” the skunk beside a wilderness lake when she tried crawling into his tent in the night. They got along well once they understood each other. 🙂

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    • Keith's Ramblings Oct 28, 2022 / 10:39

      I’ve had many a visitor in my tent, from spiders to mice but never anything like that!


  3. Suzette Benjamin Oct 26, 2022 / 16:34

    Nicely done Keith! Honestly, I conifer you a discount on camping puns, but I don’t want to invade your personal spruce.

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  4. Patricia Oct 26, 2022 / 18:18

    No tents and camping for me! I like a comfy bed at night and a hot shower in the morning.

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  5. msjadeli Oct 26, 2022 / 20:47

    Any time I’ve agreed to sleep in a tent it sounded like a good idea at the time, but… Nice hotel anytime. Cute graphic, Keith.

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  6. Tessa Oct 26, 2022 / 21:08

    We started out in a pup tent, then a larger tent, then a trailer pulled behind the motorcycle, and then an old pop up we got super cheap since it leaked, but we fixed it up as well as we could. It kept most of the storm off of us. Then we moved to a small pull-along travel trailer, and then came the big one with full air conditioning, heater, refrigerator, working bathroom with a shower and a queen size bed, plus all the other sleeping spots for the kids, and then came the divorce and it was the first thing to go.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Oct 28, 2022 / 10:58

      Tessa, that’s brilliant, a complete story in a comment! After years of using a tent that I had to crawl in and out of, I treated myself to one I can almost stand up in last year!

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      • Tessa Oct 30, 2022 / 19:43

        Thanks Keith!


  7. Alicia Jamtaas Oct 26, 2022 / 22:08

    I truly love camping. A wood fire to cook Top Ramen, some candles. It’s just my cup of tea.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Oct 28, 2022 / 11:02

      Hoorah, at last, fellow camper. As well as the above I always take a large potted sunflower to keep me company!


      • Alicia Jamtaas Oct 28, 2022 / 22:05

        Oh! I never thought about a potted sunflower. How delightful!


  8. rochellewisoff Oct 26, 2022 / 23:23

    Dear Keith,

    My mother’s idea of camping was to open a window when the weather was nice. But then it’s common knowledge that Jews don’t camp. 😉 (Actually untrue).
    My dad used to say that when he was in the army the cold was intense and it was cold outside the the tents as well. Guess you could say he was a punnery sargent. Tee hee.
    Always love your stories and your readings.



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  9. Bill Oct 27, 2022 / 04:59

    Right, Keith. Even glamping is too rough for me these days. Well done.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Oct 28, 2022 / 11:08

      Surely not Bill! As I’ve said up there, I actually love camping, especially wild camping which is the opposite of glamping!

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      • Bill Oct 29, 2022 / 04:44

        My roughing days are in the past. 🙂


  10. dorahak Oct 27, 2022 / 17:43

    Another good one, Keith. Nothing like camping to make you appreciate the comforts of a luxury hotel!

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  11. Bear Oct 27, 2022 / 20:07

    After that experience, a hotel would be most welcome, no doubt. LOL! Loved this.

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  12. Patricia Clair Oct 27, 2022 / 21:12

    I’m with you – my idea of roughing it is a hotel without room service. Ha.

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  13. Tannille Oct 28, 2022 / 05:14

    I think many of us have lost the art of entertaining ourselves without modern toys.

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  14. susanrouchard Oct 28, 2022 / 10:35

    Thank you Keith. Very fun piece. After the cruise, no wonder camping in the woods seems a bit trying ! Happy weekend.

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  15. Brenda's Thoughts Oct 28, 2022 / 19:48

    An entertainingly funny tale! My husband and I do enjoy camping, fresh air and nice views, but my daughter is like your character. She would be looking for the luxury hotel. We balance each other out. 🙂


  16. James McEwan Oct 29, 2022 / 19:50

    Oh dear, it seems technology has ruined both romance and adventure. At least there are hot showers in the hotel.


  17. subroto Oct 30, 2022 / 14:31

    Fun story. Assembling an Ikea tent will be enough to seek a furnished hotel.


  18. Na'ama Yehuda Oct 31, 2022 / 17:38

    True. Though a friend of mine who used to work in hospitality (i.e. management level at a luxury hotel), told me that living in a tent is probably ultimately cleaner … (oy!)


  19. authorfleurl Nov 1, 2022 / 05:37

    A fun story and I can relate. As much as I love camping, I do not like the tent erecting process. Posh is nice but rustic is also fun. So long as the weather is nice and the bugs stay away!


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