By all accounts, Oprah really tried to have a normal camping trip, from making her own fire to cooking her own food. We know all of that because there were cameras rolling most of the time, which kind of begs the question about the whole "normal camping trip" thing, but let's not nit-pick. It seems like it was a neat little episode for a good cause. Of course whether it will work or not is a totally different question.
Getting people to buy books is one thing. Getting them to live without electricity and Internet for a few days is a different thing altogether. We've embedded a recap of the adventure below and, honestly, it doesn't seem all that convincing. Although as we never tire of pointing out, we're not exactly a target-rich environment for pro-camping material.
Of course Oprah's idea of roughing it involves what we can only assume is a very luxurious pop up trailer (the Sydney Opera House camper is probably just a minimum). If you're really looking to immerse yourself in nature, you're not going to be nearly as comfortable. You're also going to have to figure out how to take care of business while you're in the woods. If you're in Mount Rainier, no problem. They've got a $70,000 toilet you can use. But for all of those other parks, may we suggest our new favorite product the Biffy Bag?
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