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Telling scary stories as kids.
Cathy Ondrej, HILCO EC | Aquilla

Me and my dad camping. We would stare at the fire for hours and say, “This is much better than watching TV.”
Mike Early | Via Facebook

The time I set our tent on fire!
Hoomalimali Paulo | Via Facebook

The possibility of a nostalgic gathering and the surety of an asthma attack.
Shelly Reid, South Plains EC | Becton

Fresh air, boiled cowboy coffee, staring at the embers.
Durena Kriley | Via Facebook

My childhood roasting hot dogs in Indiana, surrounded by tall, beautiful trees and sitting around the fire telling stories.
Elvira Pulido, Magic Valley EC | Mission

Girl Scout outings as a grade schooler and cooking a yummy variety of foods over a warm campfire.
Diane Brady, Nueces EC | Ingleside

Boy Scout campouts in the 1950s.
R.E. Helmer III, Central Texas EC | Austin

Scary “things” that went bump in the night!
Phyllis Suttle, MidSouth EC | Iola

My clothes smelling like smoke.
Linda Westerfield | Via Facebook

Coffee and Baileys at 10 p.m. in Banff National Park.
Mary Lesa Wolf, Tri-County EC | Fort Worth

Chanda Ivy, Wise EC | Bowie

The wonderful fun trips my husband (now deceased) and I had to the mountains in Colorado, where we tent camped by Texas Creek and enjoyed fly-fishing for trout.
Linda Reid, HILCO EC | Hillsboro

Great conversations and laughter.
Donna Day, Tri-County EC | Keller

Happy times gone by, the laughter of my amazing children, the scrumptiousness of toasted marshmallows, the aroma of brewing coffee and the peaceful serenade of crickets in the distance.
Deanna Voegeli, Southwest Rural EA | Indiahoma, Oklahoma

Good times with great friends and family.
Ron McCullough, Sam Houston EC | Huntsville

Terry Priesmeyer, Wharton County EC | El Campo

The best cup of coffee I ever had.
Vivian Eaves, Trinity Valley EC | Montalba

S’mores and camping with my grandchildren.
Carlene Jensen, Heart of Texas EC | Waco

Squealing kids writing in the air with fire sticks.
W.A. McCormick, Bryan Texas Utilities | Bryan

Peaceful evenings.
Hugh Soape, Cherokee County EC | Troup

My Girl Scout leader always telling us that smoke follows beauty.
Diane Anderson, CoServ | Flower Mound

Family campouts on the Rio Grande near Presidio in the ’60s.
Lisa Fitzsimmons, Bandera EC | Bandera

Childhood deer lease hunting trips with my mom and dad.
Sherry King, Victoria EC | Port Lavaca

Beautiful times with loved ones.
Divya Rao Bhamidipati, CoServ | Aubrey

Melting fire ring marks on the bottom of my tennis shoes when warming up cold feet.
Ginny Therrien, United Cooperative Services | Stephenville

Making hot dogs and s’mores at our grandparents’ creek after swimming.
Kay Steinbring, Central Texas EC | Fredericksburg

Metal coffee cups.
Gene Osborne, Wood County EC | Mineola

Grandkids and hot dog roasts.
Reidar Frantsen, Deep East Texas EC | Center

Our camp counselor making soup over the fire.
Susan Huyck, Pedernales EC | Lago Vista

Hiking to high lakes in the Sierra Nevada mountains with my brother and sitting around the campfire frying our catch of trout in an old, beat-up pan from a Boy Scout cooking kit.
Gary Shanklin, CoServ | Little Elm

The many family camping trips to Lake Corpus Christi when I was a little girl.
Olga Garza, Nueces EC | George West

Simpler times—uniting with nature while building bonds with family and friends that can never be broken.
Joseph Kubena, San Bernard EC | East Bernard

Cavemen, who sat beside them too, enjoying their heat and roasting food.
Mary Ann Wenske, GVEC | Moulton

How the smoke always follows me around the fire.
Robert J. Cox II, Pedernales EC | Wimberley

Roasting marshmallows at night.
Louis Endris, Fayette EC | Schulenburg

Getting smoke in your eyes no matter where you change seats to.
Mike Whitley, Grayson-Collin EC | McKinney

Happy times with my family.
Mary Currie, Navasota Valley EC | Franklin

The calming therapeutic qualities of audio, visual and olfactory senses.
Dave Riggs, Bluebonnet EC | Burton

Melting the tips of my go-go boots.
Lane Rouse, Medina EC | Frio Cielo Ranch