Camping is fun! My parents went once with my brothers and that was the last time they ever went. It rained on their tent and they were soaked and my mom was pregnant with me and miserable and they decided they'd never go again. So, as a child in their anti-camp household, I had never been camping before now. (Except for this one time in our backyard when I was determined to love camping. I was very brave until the sun went down and then I packed up 'camp' and put it back in the garage....)
As with most things I went at camping with too much zeal. I'm overzealous by nature and I am always overkill. I didn't know what to expect from camping or what we'd need so I made notes from all the outdoor movies I'd ever seen and overdid it, again. I knew that we needed sleeping bags so I bought the 0-20 degree mummy bag kind that make you claustrophobic and sweaty. I bought an intense fanny pack, that I still catch flack for, that holds two water bottles and my camera (and first aid supplies). I bought a fluorescent orange beanie in case I got separated from the group and needed to be spotted from a helicopter. I wore wool socks in case of frost bite and climbing boots with anti-slip bottoms. Just in case....
None of my worst nightmares came true but the socks came in hand because it was freezing. Before we went to sleep there was already a thin layer of ice on the outside of our tents. I slept next to Ramie and tried to snuggle against her all night but she thought I was needing more room so every time I touched her she would scoot further away from me. Reginald would get spooked every time he heard a noise outside the tent and would wake up in complete panic. By 3 a.m. I couldn't feel my toes or fingers so unzipping my mummy bag was quite humorous. I knew I had at least 4 more hours of sleep to endure so I hunkered down and saw it through, Into the Wild style.
It was such an incredible experience seeing so much sky both during the day and at night. We ate such wonderful food and indulged in too many s'mores. We built new friendships and Josh and I were able to play several songs for them around the camp fire. But, the best part of all was my phone being off the entire time. Unplugging is so therapeutic and necessary.
...off to camp in the backyard!
photos 1,4, 5 & 8 taken by Ramie.