Is there such a thing as a romantic vacation in camping in Minnesota?

Today, Norm Goldman, editor and

glad to accept as our guest, Tom Watson, author and freelance


Tom & # 39; is the author of 60 trips within 60 miles: twin cities: and the best in the tent trek: Minnesota: (Both published by Menasha Ridge Publishing)

Tom is also a & # 39; is the author of "How to think, how to survive: Emergency Management Manual in the desert" (in the summer of 2005, published by International Publishing)

Hello Tom, and thank you for agreeing to participate in our interview & # 39; S.


When did your passion for hiking and camping, and that you went on?


Good afternoon and thank you for this opportunity. My dad was a beautiful

active outdoors. After exiting the fleet opened a hobby shop that

We carried a lot of sporting goods. I was able, as a boy growing up in the East

Missouri, a chance to try any technique – tools, rifles, bows

and arrows. Also, since my dad enjoyed camping, we took advantage of this

many places in Missouri to primitive camp. I lived there and my cousins

and they were hot and vacationers. So, I was about seven, I spent with

a good portion of every summer in the fresh air.

By the time when I was thinking about college – at the end of 6's, my people were

I divorced and I lived with my mother in my school years. I wanted to

to maintain exposure to the outdoors, so I decided to go into forestry on

University of Minnesota, on the campus of St. Paul. All these factors have

Growing love for the natural sciences still keeps me up until now.


Since many of our readers are interested in a romantic escape, you could

Describe the eight most romantic and unique camping areas of Minnesota?

Why are they romantic?


It requires my interpretation as a "romantic" and "unique"

camping. I am primarily a primitive camper, a minimum of means, at least


romantic private site for me, remote and better than

average landscape and natural attractions.

* On this basis, I could list almost any camping in the BWCA wilderness, as well as any Voyageurs National Park – most of which are only available for water. As for under & # 39; entrances and sites that have little access (my favorite), I have listed the following:

* State Park Lake Mary – separate entrances, scattered on the hill

full canopy of oaks and maples – fabulous fall colors! Most walking trail,


* State Park Great River Bluffs – this part of the leaves on the Mississippi River

offering these incredible views. Forms at the end of a short

trails through dense peragibku maple trees, very peaceful and types

addicted to the spirit – some of the very romantic seats on which you and

significant other could sit comfortably for hours.

* Reserve Regional Park Lake Alma. It is so close to the center of St Paul's

It offers remote campsites and several miles of steps.

Campsites are along the corridor about 100 meters from the car park

Area and each of them is located in the deep foliage, so the level is high enough alia

well too. These are the main sites without a lot of amenities close by. these

– good sites for leisure or several campaigns.

* Crescent Lake Camping – is just outside the BWCA area, in

Best National Forest. This is the best laid out camping, I've seen –

based on my sympathies. Each site or knocked or cut deeply

wood for a very private and serene abstanovak.

* Split Rock State Park – one of the few really good camps

North Lake Shore High, only if it is not as tightly packed as all

remaining there. There are walks in the grounds, which stretch for about half a mile

rocky shore of the lake, each separated by a forest of birches. The

the sound of water against the shoreline, the wind in the trees and

the freshness of the area all combine to make camping a very soothing


* State Park Crosby-Manitou – Like Lake Maria is extremely hiking

Park. The plots are located around the rocky banks of the river, and many

a short distance from the mad Gromov waterfalls and cascades.

* Very romantic in any way Grizzly Adams, like most of them.

Region Lake Kabetagama of Voyageurs National Park – I could not resist

offering places for camps scattered throughout the southern region of the park.

On small, rocky islands many single camping – it is not likely to

an attempt on the part of other travelers! All are available for the water, but that

more romantic that a boat ride in a private campsite surrounded

National Park?

Many of the campgrounds in state forests of Minnesota – some of them

they are popular with riders, ORV riders and fishermen, but if

you can find one that is not being used, you can have all of the woods for themselves

with trails and rivers and lakes abound. Such offers very little

convenience, but if you are alone and interested in romanticizing the day

In any case, you do not need any supplements.


Recommend steam for honeymoon or couples who are looking for a unique

romantic adventures, they try at the camp, and if so, why?


From my point of view, when a guy can find a lady who really enjoys camping

(No parking large vehicle controlled on some flat lawn and the road), it will not matter

where you're going. However, I think to really understand a person, which is a must see

how they can be independent. I think of camping it detects and separates

those who need things, and those who can do so without complaining. get

those down to the right, and everything else will be easy. Adshukayuchy it right

partner can be a stepping stone for many other successful interactions.


There were changes in the popularity of camping over the last thirty

years, and if so, why?


Definitely been a shift in the definition. Amazing how

Many RV parks with concrete slaps and broomstick trees listed

"Camp". There are fewer and fewer places to go really

tent in the pristine, "camping" atmosphere.

Our prosperous society allows more units to buy big, but apparently, it's more that as we age, we still use the fresh air, and units "to promote the camping" help people to do it.

I think that the fluctuations in the economy also affect the campsite. Instead of a long,

travel thousands of miles a week, seven & # 39; and do shorter, weekend trips

and going camping instead of spending more money on accommodation and supplement

gas. I think "camping" in general a little more popular.


That means a trip for you?


The journey is the passage of at least 50 miles or for pleasure, or for pleasure.

"Journey" as a hobby or activity, of course, create new images,

exciting or quiet areas. I am a naturalist, so "journey" means

see and experience new environment, a new flora and fauna, as well as new

culture and way of life – that's why "travel" such a good education



How did you come up with ideas for what you write? What methods do you use

concretize your idea to determine if it can be sold?


I'm trying to see what is covered in the current magazines to find out if I have

We experienced some of the new areas that are on time and on which we can write in

informative and entertaining way. I love photography, and usually will not even

Consider the story of when I do not know, I have a good support for it. it

It is also a good selling tool for editors. Otherwise, I'm looking for resources

Internet, writing groups, etc., which will list topics of interest or on the & # 39; show

opportunities. The red-haired Menashe already had a good base of hiking books, but

I need one of Minneapolis. That's where I live, so it was a chance

make a book directories directly to your own backyard. Once you get a "feel" for the

magazine you start to anticipate what could be useful for them.


What problems or obstacles you encounter while writing the books? how

You have overcome these problems?


Frankly, the biggest problem is always, when I can capture the state or

Thread carefully takes into account the budget (for which I will pay for it and costs

I'll have to do it), so I immediately found adequate information

began, and most importantly, someone to care, to want to read

about it. When I started the book, I did not know what I can

use and which can not be measured. Sometimes I went to two o'clock

only to find there really was not camping, you would like to recommend either

that meets your criteria.

Minnesota – big enough state that in one day, to cover the area I studied, I put 1,100 miles on his car – and it was out of my pocket. You overcome obstacles, thinking that you do the job, and you become more savvy in the ways of optimizing travel and budget during the research part.


How have you used the Internet to promote their writing car & # 39; EASURES?


80% of my writing opportunities begin from the Internet. I belong

OWAA (Outdoor Writers Association of America). They offer online

monthly updates from the editors who are searching for specific topics. Other sites do

the same.

I also use the Internet to check the facts or for more information

something new, and verify that published in the type of

magazine for which I usually write (kayaking, camping, external transmission

tourist destinations, etc.).


Who are your favorite authors, and why they inspire you?


In my childhood, Jules Verne always aroused my imagination and Sam Clemens

I recalled the feelings that I grew Missouri (together with the same

river, I might add). I really liked this disaster and Edgar Allen Poe

Poetry of Robert Frost, writers are pretty basic – but all

It allowed my imagination to supplement them.

Unfortunately, I do not read as it should, so authors do not just fall

in conversation. I write a lot, creating their own things. If I had to

select the author that I really enjoyed reading in recent years, it should be

Gabriel Garcia Marquez – well his collection of short stories

shaped and a little "strange".

I've always liked Ray Bradbury and a bunch of incredible writers. This is quite apart from the kind of writing that I'm doing now. Books and articles in magazines. Fiction is much more severe, the higher level, I hope, aspire to some day.


Because, it seems, there are no authoritative standards that exist

Authors or publishers of guidebooks, how do you know that the leadership allowed

together? How can you check the author's competence?


There are two types of "guides" of books for me: those mainly of & # 39 are

According to the assembly, sometimes cleverly arranged so that a & # 39 were new and

different, but basically collections of lists from the Internet.

Other books – a consideration that use certain activities and skills

Author's breadth of knowledge to know what is important, etc. I feel

The author must first reveal himself, to offer a section that the reader can

say: "yes, I identify myself with this person, because I like, probably

like. "

In this sense, I come to what I consider a good

camping or a nice trail. I say to the reader in front of him, that I

photographer and naturalist, so I'll stop and mistress rose or removal

picture of even the most seemingly mundane paths. I also suggest

historical perspective – most publishers want so that you can claim yourself

it does not matter.

I grew up in Minnesota for the most part (except for the summer, who spent

Missouri) and actively participated in boys. I spent a lot of time

outdoors, on trails, hiking and so on. Previously, I had a sense about these books

I started my research. Another big factor to be honest, with the & # 39 is that it

business, nice, but business. If you do not produce the goods

people will buy you for a long time will not be engaged in business writing. it on

at least, labor interests and as such requires a certain discipline, and the spy



How do you reconcile your photojournalism with his journey?


People like to present themselves in the picture. "I wish that I

kayaking in Alaska! "A good photo draws the reader into syuzhetno-

let's see what you're saying.

Sometimes the editor puts a restraint on the number of words they need. Good photos can convey the necessary information with very few words. I am proud that I was a good

photographer, and I know that there were many stories sold, because there was good,

clear, colorful photos of support that is offered with the writing. Photos and

help me recall areas without taking a lot of comments.

I spent a whole month in Peru and shot probably 30 rolls of film. I used about 8 pages of the magazine – most of which certain themes photos that I took. I then go

back and look at the pictures to see how much I can offer for different

different story ideas. Sometimes they even make the front image

Cover – a nice bonus!


What's next for Tom Watson?


I really want to engage in literary literature in the style of Roald

Dahl, or someone from the camp of the writers for the old Twilight series.

As for magazines and directories, I will continue to treat them like those

there are opportunities. This is a good income, and it allows me to share

exciting adventure to those who wish to do the same. Thank you for letting

to share this with you.

Thanks again Tom and good luck with all your future endeavors.

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