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We’re more than halfway through one of the strangest years to ever have kicked off a decade, and it has us feeling nostalgic about the past and simpler, less complex times. As summer is coming to a bittersweet end, we want to take a look back on camping through the years – how it’s evolved, advanced, and maybe even things we miss.

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How it all Began

The founder of modern recreational camping was Thomas Hiram Holding, who wrote the first edition of The Camper’s Handbook in 1908. Traveling by wagon train across the prairie as a boy fostered his idea of camping and he wrote books about his ventures.

From Roughing It to Glamping

Early camping was done out of necessity, as hunters, fishermen, and traders tracked their game and goods. It was not until the late 19th and early 20th centuries that recreational camping became the leisure activity we all love today. From silk tents to aircraft grade aluminum alloy, campers throughout the years have found refuge in several forms of shelter.

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Trends and Innovation

Technology:
Technology has driven the evolution of modern camping, providing everything from camp stoves that charge smart phones to water bottles with advanced filtration technology for safe hydration. What technology can you not live without on your outdoor adventures?

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DIY:
On the flip side, many modern campers find delight in the challenge of a good DIY project, spending their days Googling camping hacks and homemade granola recipes. One of the biggest outdoor leisure trends is vintage camper renovation. Quirky, retro, and outdated recreational vehicles get a facelift from skilled DIY-ers, replacing upholstery with no-sew ease and covering walls with ship-lap or chic peel & stick wallpaper. Glampers can easily get lost down the rabbit-hole of renovation search results – the options and ideas are endless!

Camping Couture:
Tartan. Buffalo check. Gingham. We can all agree that plaid is a staple when it comes to camping attire. Dating back to the 1920’s, men and women alike could be seen sporting the pattern on their knickers and skirts. Through the years, more functional and fun apparel could be found in campers’ backpacks as they spent their days in rolled denim or showing a little leg with the well-known capri pant introduced in the 1950’s.

Camp tees are now collectors items and a fashion statement for those who haven’t even stepped near a tent or campfire. Vogue even doles out advice on “what to wear camping this summer” featuring everything from swimsuits to $400 sweatshirts. Pinterest boards are growing as “pinners” find inspiration in mixing function with fashion.

FUN FACT: Abercrombie & Fitch got its start in 1892 as a leading outdoor adventure, fishing, and hunting gear supplier. Having sold women’s hiking boots and socks, the store dressed America’s notable visionaries and leaders, like President Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Charles Lindbergh, and Amelia Earhart. It’s only more recently that they’ve been pumping out tunes and woodsy fragrances to lure ripped-denim-coveting teens.

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A Walk in the Park: Jellystone Park™
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ was conceptualized by Doug Haag, of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, in 1968 with the dream to create a “destination” campground, where families could spend their vacations swimming, playing, and enjoying nature. Whether you are an RV owner, enjoy the comfort of a cabin, or prefer “roughing it” in a tent, Jellystone Park’s accommodations, amenities, and activities provide the perfect family getaway.

yogi bear jellystoneFUN FACT: Paul Bunyan, Lewis & Clark, Hiawatha, Pocahontas, and Robin Hood were all names tossed around as a potential namesake for the beloved parks, but none seemed to be quite right. In 1969, the idea struck after Saturday morning cartoons and the park’s founder landed on today’s Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™.

Although the years have brought many changes, we can find comfort and happiness in tradition, including new ones that you and your loved ones create in the great outdoors. One thing (or a few!) remains the same: there’s always s’mores, campfires, friends, and memories to be made while doing this thing called “camping.”

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☑️ Tag a friend in the comments and tell us why you love camping.⁠

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Park your RV and enjoy all that Jellystone Park™ has to offer when you book an extended stay! Don’t have an RV? No worries! We have many different cabin types available for you to choose from. ⁠

Click the link in our bio to learn more!
...

Book a stay in our Cindy Bear™ Cabins and enjoy the ultimate vacation! Tucked under some trees, sleep up to 8 people in these homey cabins. ⁠

Click the link in our bio to view all of our cabins types!
...

The fun never stops at Jellystone Park™! ...

Start 2021 off on the right foot and book a vacation at Jellystone Park™. Enjoy all the comforts of home in one of our premium cabins or spacious RV sites and have endless fun with our many attractions! ⁠

Book your stay today - link in bio.
...

Happy New Year to our amazing campers! We can’t wait to show you what we have planned for 2021! ❤️🎉⁠ ...

Although Christmas is over, you can still treat yourself to a vacation at Jellystone Park™. Choose from one of our many cabins and enjoy all of our amazing attractions! ...

Happy Holidays from everyone here at Jellystone Park™. ❤️🎁🎄However you and your family spend your holiday season, we hope it is filled with love, laughter, and joy! ...

Christmas is a few short days away but there’s still time to give the gift of experience! A vacation to Jellystone Park™ won’t fit under the tree but will leave lasting memories with your loved ones! ⁠

Click the link in our bio to book the best vacation ever.
...

Happy First Day of Winter! ❄️We may not have snow, but there are still some magical things taking place in our winter sky. 🌟🌠⁠

Click the link in our bio to learn about the rare astrological event happening tonight!
...

Beautiful RV Sites await you this Christmas here at Jellystone Park™! ...

Enjoy all the perks of home and sleep up to 16 people in our Yogi Bear™ Bunkhouse. Comfortable and convenient! ⁠

Link in bio to book your stay today.
...

Looking for a place to call home this winter? Book an extended stay at Jellystone Park™ and enjoy all of our attractions, spend time in the warm Texas air, and make new memories with loved ones! ⁠

Link in bio to learn more.
...

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Don't miss out on all the fun activities we have planned this holiday season here at Jellystone Park™.
...

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Click the link in our bio for a detailed schedule of our events.
...

Here at Jellystone Park™ we have cabin options for everyone. Spend this holiday season in comfort! ⁠

Book your stay today - link in bio.
...

A unique year deserves a unique holiday! 🎁🎄Grab the family and cozy up in one of our cabins this season! Book your stay today - link in bio. ...