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Beach Camping
How irresponsible were parent’s in the 80′s to let their kids go off camping on a secluded beach all alone?!

Another TT submission! This time it was Camping/Wilderness! I’m really pleased with how it turned out. Originally was gonna be a sunset thing but worked out pretty well as a night thing! Two versions with my regular pink/blue motif and a more realistic colored fire.

Also still not satisfied with my fire but it’s a lot better than the alternative!

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This art-style looks very '60s "Googie", for some reason...

Oh, and as for 'camping alone' being irresponsible?...

Back in the early '80s, when I was still a young teenager, I used to go camping all over the place (around Lincoln, Nebraska). So long as I proved I was able to survive by myself, make fire, pitch a tent, carry enough canned food, etc., then everything was just fine.

And, to be perfectly honest, it's just as fine today as it was back then. It's no more "dangerous" today as it was back then. The world is actually a SAFER place today than it was back then. The only difference is peoples' perceptions about "danger" being everywhere around them, because that's all you see on the news - dangers and terrible things all around you. "Bad news is good news, because it means good ratings."

The sad part is, that people started to believe the world was somehow very different and more hazardous than when they were young. But in TODAY's world, the average teen has a cell phone with a thousand contacts. They have a basic sense of "kick groin and run" if someone seems odd to them. Teens today are even likely to have a car, instead of the ten-speed bike I used to use to get to the lake camping areas.

The "world" out there is actually SAFER, by far, than it used to be when I would go rough it for a weekend by the lake in the woods. But anxious parents, who watch too much news on TV, seem to think it's just the opposite. I think the overall levels of anxiety and stress in today's world would simply go away for most people if they would JUST realize this simple fact - something that's easy to see if you make a little time to read up on it and make some comparisons to when we were younger.

Your kids are going to be FINE, young parents. 99.999% of the time, they will have no problems and nothing bad will happen. Please, STOP stressing about it and just let them go have the same sort of fun we used to have - running off to be by ourselves for a while outside of town. ;)