It’s best to have some company when taking a night walk, and preferable that at least one person remain back at the campsite. Then you can call out if you get disoriented, and follow the direction of the response. But don’t go far, or try a night walk at all, unless you’re very familiar and comfortable with finding your way around in the wilderness.
During the evening some people like to get into intense discussions about the state of the world or the meaning of life, or to share personal stories. Such conversations sometimes have a way of continuing on well into the night.
A little solitude can also be gratifying, even if you’re enjoying the experience of camping with others. Some people retire to their tents earlyto read, write in a journal, meditate, or simply mull things over. The answers to questions, solutions to problems, or new and needed perspectives sometimes come more easily while in the wilderness.
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James Ciment See also: French; Green Mountain Boys; New Hampshire; New York. Bibliography Fisher, Dorothy Canfield. Washington Map Vermont Tradition: The Biography of an Outlook on Life. Boston: Little, Brown, 1953. McGrory, Klyza, and Stephen C. Trombulak. The Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1999. Morrissey, Charles T. Vermont, a Bicentennial History. New York: W. W. Norton, 1981. Verrazano, Giovanni da (c. 1480c. 1528) The Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano led France’s first official voyage of discovery to the coast of North Country and produced the first topographical description of a continuous voyage along the East Coast of the continent. In his valuable commentary on the indigenous people the voyagers encountered on that coast, Verrazano proved himself a highly educated and sophisticated observer, producing a remarkably objective and detailed account of the experience. In two more voyages, Verrazano searched for a path to Asia as an alternative to the Portuguese-dominated route around Africa, and he sailed to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn before looking for a western passage in the Gulf of Mexico.