i feel like everyone has some quirky thing they do in camp that other people don't get, or they never see anyone else do. what's your thing that makes your camp-mates scratch their head at you?
It is actually what we don’t do.
We never build a fire. For all the years we’ve been camping we just haven’t done it. Up early to hike, back for a quick camp stove meal, and out for wildlife viewing. Some people get really confused we don’t allot time for sitting around a fire.
I do have nice memories of campfires but I also think it encourages you to stay up far too late. One of my favorite things about the outdoors is that it reminds you to sync your body to the natural rhythms of your surroundings, like high/low tide, sunrise/sunset, temperature fluxuations, etc. There's nothing like a crisp early morning stroll to start your day, but I find myself sleeping in instead if I've been up late tending to a campfire.
When I backpack, I’m extremely minimalist. However now getting into car camping a bit, I find I love some luxuries....ie my entire pour over, fresh ground coffee set up. It’s ridiculous, but it’s a luxury I love and get some strange looks from others while making!
We like to camp by a river, and when it's low running slow, we put on water shoes and hikig poles and "hike the river" . It's always an adventure, and keeps us occupied with navigating the rocks and small currents. And when it's hot, we find a deep spot and get submerged and then a sunny big rock to dry off on.