Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity did this last year and it was so much fun to get a look into what a day is like for so many people. When she announced she was doing it again I couldn't sign up fast enough!
I decided to record Saturday, Marcy 19, 2016. This past weekend was our first of many (we hope) camping weekends. Since I'm a complete and total novice I thought it'd be fun to share our experience. This weekend it was J, the Tornado (6), Paul (18) myself, and J's brother (Matt) and wife (Julie), and a 4 month old Miniature Pinscher puppy.
6:38 - First morning waking up in a tent. I'm actually pretty comfortable. We had decided kind of at the last minute to get a camping air mattress and it was definitely the right decision. J gets up and leaves the tent and I pull the Tornado into the sleeping bag with me. He is absolutely sound asleep.
7:16 - I manage to get up and get dressed
7:21 - I leave the tent and the temperature isn't too bad. J and Matt got the fire going and J got the coffee going. Drink some coffee and head to the bath house.
8:04 - I have drunk my coffee and I'm as clean as I'm going to get. I check on the Tornado and he is still sound asleep.
9:07 - We've been collecting and cutting up firewood because it's cold (low 50s) and the 2 bags we bought are completely gone. We've started working on breakfast which is going to be biscuits in a cast iron skillet and bacon. The biscuits get burnt a bit on the bottom but everything works out pretty tasty.
9:30 - The Tornado decides to get up and we eat breakfast.
10:00 - We have to take Paul back down to his car off the mountain. We all load up in one of the cars and they drop the Tornado, Julie, me, and the puppy off at the playground. The Tornado plays on the playground with some other kids and Julie and I play with the puppy. After awhile we go walk around the playground and picnic area and look around
12:00 - Matt and J are back and we head back to the campsite. We clean up from breakfast and make sandwiches and stuff for lunch. We sit and talk about the evening. The low for tonight has fallen for 39 and we're starting to get concerned that might be just too cold. Especially considering we aren't that far away from home. We decide to play it by ear.
1:00 - We make S'mores! How did I forget how amazing smore's were?
2:06 - J, Julie, the Tornado, the puppy and I go hiking and up to the overlook.
3:24 - We go back to the campsite for caffeine and sugar and then back to the playground. This time it's just J, the Tornado and me and we have a nice time. The playground here is huge and in a gorgeous area. I'm not sure all state parks will have something like this but it'd be great if they did!
4:30 - We head back to the campsite to start dinner. Tonight is steak, grilled potatoes and onions in this little foil packet topped with cheese, and grilled tomatoes. The Tornado plays with the puppy
7:00 - We sit down to eat. We're all starting to look a little haggard and I start shivering uncontrollably. It's 48 and the wind is constant which ends up feeling way colder than it sounds. We decide to call it a night after we finish eating.
7:30 - Start loading up the car with stuff we don't want to lose, put up all the loose items, and make sure all the food is packed away. We say goodbye and leave. They head off to their house and the 3 of us head to ours though we do stop for McDonald's on the way home. The Tornado is starving and J and I agree that a McFlurry doesn't sound to bad.
8:30 - We are home. J unloads the car, I get the Tornado situated with his hashbrowns and then I head up to hopefully wash away some of the campfire smell!
9:45 - We are all clean and warm and headed to bed. I'm flat out exhausted.
What I learned:
I actually really enjoy camping - especially when we mixed in some hiking
S'mores are amazing and I should have them more often
Wear sunscreen and put some on the Tornado. We both got a little scorched
The air mattress may be wimpy but it's completely worth it. I was so comfortable and slept really well Friday night. It was worth every penny - and it wasn't that expensive.
We're actually planning our next trip though we're going to wait until it gets a little warmer. We've discovered that low 50s is really the lowest we want to go.
So that's my day! Any campers out there? If so how do you get the campfire smell out of clothes? I'm beginning to despair on a few items. Should I just Febreze the crap out of them and call it a day or is there a better method?
Be sure to stop by Trish's and check out everyone else's day!