The English language needs more words. We’ve added words such as biodiesel, gastric bypass, supersize, drama queen and unibrow to the dictionary, when what we really need are more words to describe trails and camping.
Without them, it’s easy to get led astray. I saw a press release lately titled “Susquehanna Designated As Connecting Trail to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.” They were describing water trails not dirt hiking trails. Trails can now be wine trails, history trails, beer trails, and more. But people drop the descriptor and just refer to them as trails. When I’m looking for a place to go hiking I have to be a sleuth to determine if the trail is one for hiking or something very different.
Likewise, we need more terms for camping. The camping I do (primitive camping via backpacking) has no relation to the camping people do in bus-sized mobile RV’s. A trail is often not a trail and camping isn’t camping at all. It’s all so very confusing.