PahaQue is not just a name, and although rooted in lore, it is something even more than just the meaning of the words. It is a way of life, or at the very least, a way of looking at life. It is about experiencing and enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends. It is about understanding the history of the land, and it is about the peace and solitude that can only be found in the places less affected by modern humankind.
No matter where you live and where you camp, history can be found everywhere. From the Native Americans who once roamed every square foot of this land, to pre-historic animals, and even further back in time, the natural history of our land is all around. But nowhere is it more visible than in nature. To find it however, you must know where to look, and what you are looking for.
One easy way to begin to understand the history of the land is to learn about the plant and animals that inhabit the areas in which you camp. Learn how the previous inhabitants found usefulness in everything, and you will learn how a certain type of tree was once critical to a certain tribe’s existence, perhaps for medicinal or spiritual purposes, or how that tree may have aided in the existence of certain bird or other plant species.
Aside from living examples of history, another way to understand the history of the land is to find more tangible relics. Arrowheads usually come to mind first. Almost anyone who has ever camped has found an arrowhead or knows someone who has. Learning more about arrowhead types specific to your favorite camping area can provide much information about what types of game were hunted, how they were hunted, and even the time period of their use. Cave drawings or other forms of pictographs are another exciting example of tangible evidence left by pre-historic inhabitants, thus providing yet another excellent learning opportunity. Historic structures from our forefathers, particularly when preserved as a museum, provide still another source of information about the land, from yet another group of previous inhabitants who struggled to carve out an existence in a once harsh land.
Whether you camp in campgrounds or backcountry wilderness, the opportunities to learn more, and therefore further your appreciation of the land and its history, are all around you. It may be just a short hike, or a day trip away from camp, but seeking out opportunities to learn more about the natural history of the area you camp in is not only a great experience for kids and adults alike, but it also makes for great after dinner conversation around the camp fire.
Kids especially seem fascinated with the tales of frontier life and struggles, of Indian fights, of the trappers, hunters and other pioneer frontier folk that settled the land. The stories come to life even more when they happened in the vicinity of your camp. At night it is easy to imagine yourself in another time, and history makes great material for fire-side stories. And perhaps with this understanding of natural history comes a deeper appreciation of the outdoors.
This is just one aspect of the meaning of PahaQue – the camping lifestyle. Whatever you choose to call it, it all adds up to one thing – WE LOVE CAMPING! It’s our way of life.
Oh, and for the ‘official’ definition of our name click here
Hope to see you ’round the campfire soon!