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"I told myself I'd get to photograph the sunrise. I slept like a dog and peeked out the tent at dawn to be greeted with a sleepy, gray, overcast sky. I cancelled my original alarm I had set to go off in 20 minutes and fell back asleep only to be woken by the wind a few minutes later.
On my side, and groggy eyed, I happened to spot a millisecond of a color explosion as the rainfly settled from the gust. I yelled "Trickster!!", shot out of my sleeping bag, and squeezed out two photos due to numb fingers.
I finally stopped fighting the wind and with hands in pockets, stood east to see what I was missing. I was right where I needed to be. Sometimes, we just need to stop fighting."
Clear nights complement the camping experience in the vast dry bed of Lake Playa.
The Curonian Spit is a gorgeous destination for camping in western Russia.
Compact car camping means you can still sleep comfortably along with the gear you actually need, all while taking advantage of the great mileage to get to the best campspots around.