I have returned from nature. I am still alive! Better yet, I am no longer a married car-camping newbie. I mean, I have gone camping before, with the girls, with friends. But never as a married woman, never with my Hubbs, and not in a long time (6 years to be exact).
Highlights of the weekend:
-Great fires, great company, and great food and drink (Chai liqueur, caesars, fruity drinks, steak, smokies, marshmallows...YUM)
-A dry tent, warm bags, and toques to keep us warm
-An easy-to-inflate air mattress that helped keep us from having to sleep on a hard ground
-Gas (for the stove, from our mouths, from our butts)...made for lots of giggling
-Interesting conversation all the way there, while there, and all the way back
-95% Deet Muskol. Saved me from being mosquito feed.
-Fantastic camping gear (all packed by my Superstar sis and her SpaceMax hubby)
-My comfy camping chair
Lowlights of the weekend:
-The outhouse. I gagged and nearly puked every time I had to visit that evil place. I was sorely tempted to go in the bushes, had my company not been so adverse to this suggestion. How do outhouses get such a nasty acidic foul waste odour without people complaining and demanding more chemical cleansing? I know it (the chemical cleansing) happens once every morning, but shouldn't it be more frequent, like once every 2 hours? Even our local mall bathrooms are tidied up every hour or two. So should be outhouses.
-The fruit flies. Apparently they like Caesar salad and red wine, because our delicious dinner was innundated by these small nasty little flies. Anyone got a good way to keep these things out of your eating area? They were so small that even a screen tent wouldn't have kept them away.
-The bugs inside our tent when we tried to take it down. I wish there was a way to suck up all the bugs and all the twigs and leaves from the inside of the tent before we put it away, but unfortunately there was no solution that would work. I am open to suggestions/ideas from more seasoned campers out there....but I was told we'd just have to air out and clean out the tent the next time we want to use it. Bug corpses await. Nice.
All in all, though, an amazing experience and a very relaxing time. We'll definitely go again, and next time we can start adding to our collection of gear. I am excited. :)
How was your weekend?