Why do I do it?
It forces me to unplug.
I read more.
I spend a full day outside in the fresh air.
It challenges me.
I’ve always enjoyed camping in a tent. A few years ago, when I was looking for a relationship, I had hoped to find someone who enjoyed it, too. Then I realized that I could do it on my own. I bought some simple gear, all the right stuff. I keep the main items in the trunk of my car:
- Tarp for under the tent
- Lawn chairs (one regular and one chaise)
- Inflatable twin mattress
- Sleeping bag
- Coleman stove
- Pee bucket and toilet paper (yes, I pee in a bucket in the middle of the night. Believe me, it’s much better than a 2 a.m. trip to the bathrooms)
- Any leftover firewood
Of course, food gets packed for each trip. Under the grapes, I have some hamburger patties and a Thai Salad I made with items in the fridge. I use an empty 1/2 gallon milk jug filled with water and frozen to keep things cold.
Items packed for each trip:
- Dry food items
- Cooking gear
- Washing items, both for me and for dishes
I’ve done this enough to be able to get things together easily.
Setting up the site is easy, too.
The first photo is actually from 2 years ago; Second one from yesterday. It’s the same basic set-up and in the same campground.
I will say this – it was very cold last night. Too cold. I don’t wish to experience that again! I’ve been home for 4 hours and I’m still chilled.
I didn’t sleep at all! But my memories of other short trips are good. So I’ll go again soon.
I had a companion yesterday – my granddaughter. Here we are walking through some gorgeous ferns in the evening.