Question by Newell: Did I somehow violate “THE CODE OF THE WOODS”?
I have a friend who considers himself THE WOODSMAN. We go hiking and backpacking overnight in the Angeles National Forest. He gets a real psychological boost out of the fact that I know nothing about the outdoors, and he REALLY loves telling me how to do every little thing. “Don’t wear ONE pair of socks, wear two, so they rub against each other, and don’t cause blisters.” “Wool is warm, even when it is wet.” “Always have a water filter with you to protect against Giardia.” He is like that ALL DAY LONG. Normally, I just play along. “Gee Matt, you know so much.” “Wow, Matt, I never would have thought of that.” “Matt, I can’t believe that you know SO MUCH about camping.” I just go with the flow, and we are all the happier for it.
But apparently, I CROSSED A LINE. Last weekend, we went for an over night hike. Then he saw me pull out a soda can of Diet Coke. He lost it. Totally flipped out. Went over to my day pack and went through it, and found five more cans. “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU! DON’T YOU KNOW YOU DON’T BRING SODA ON A CAMPING TRIP? WE COME HERE TO GET AWAY FROM ALL THAT? YOU BRING TEA OR SUGAR, OR RICE OR STUFF LIKE THAT! YOU DON’T COME UP HERE TO BRING ALL YOUR PROCESSED FOODS!” Ay, ay, ay. . Was this just HIM or do all campers/hunters/outdoor nuts feel the same way about taking soda on a camping trip? He really got upset. I got a lecture on violating the code of the woods, and people like me are just awful and I would drag along a TV set and a generator if I could. He sort of hurt my feelings. Is this a normal reaction, or is he just strange?
I am stuck with the guy. Due to his job, he has access to the forest I could never get on my own.
Two guys cannot sleep in one sleeping bag.
Answer by wana bigger bike
soda is my main camping drink… since im not 21… yea we take coffe milk and tea if we are in the trailer but soda is what we mainly drink.
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