Bob’s Camping Odyssey – The Post Mortem

90 degree heat. 100% humidity. A tent. What happens when you put these things together? I go camping. You have all heard about how I was dreading this past weekend. The only time that I went camping in the past, was in Cub Scouts, who knows how many years ago. I THINK we were in tents. All I remember is that there was a bon fire that we were throwing EVERYTHING into, including aluminum cans. The other thing I remember is slipping on a twig and falling into the bon fire, my hand landing on a can that had been burning for 2 days. Yes, I rode all the way home from wherever we were, with my hand bandaged and holding it up in the air so it wouldn’t hurt.

This time was much better. I didn’t burn myself, except maybe a little sunburn. I did hurt my back somehow. I think it was from sitting on the picnic benches for too long since I am used to sitting on my butt all day in a comfy chair. Then again, it could also be because I have no ass muscle to speak of. I have mentioned before my lack of padding.

That was the worst part.

Jackie put her comments up yesterday because yes, I was still recuperating a little. The heat did get to me a little on Sunday. I have always been closer to Mr. Freeze than anything. I just do not do well in the humidity. I survived though. I did not go in the pool, not sure why other than I just didn’t feel like being in the super cold water. Probably sunburn paranoia. I am getting wimpier and wimpier as I get older.  Maybe I watched too much Monk when it was on.

I have to admit, I think I did as well as I did because we were so close to home and I went home every morning and evening to let the dog out and feed her. This means I got to shower in my own shower and not in the campsite shower.

Other than all of that, it was good to hang out with everyone. I didn’t party as hard as I had thought I would eventually, but I am kind of glad I didn’t because Sunday would have been real rough. It was overall a good “first time” I think. I think I would like to try it maybe with just Jackie and I, or just a few people. I was kind of digging the ability to just sit and relax, look at the sky, no tv kind of thing going on. Then again, when I am there in that situation I may think I am going out of my mind.

I would like to think that I would be able to move along enough that I could actually go camping with no cell phone, no ipod (other than maybe playing music) and go somewhere were there is just quiet. I don’t think I have ever had a weekend like that. It might be nice. I would have to get past the not being able to shower in a real shower part though. We will see.

The main point is, yes, I will go again. I may tweak the packing of what we bring and all that, but I think we did pretty well. Just need to have a little better prep, but yes, I will go again.

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2 Responses to “Bob’s Camping Odyssey – The Post Mortem”

  1. Jackie - wife Says:

    Vindication & proof! Ya’ll are my witnesses – he liked camping & will willingly go again!!!

    • Remember, “like” and “willingly” are subjective terms. I might go with the “like” after some modifications, as I said. The “willingly” might be a little strong but I guess it is closer than the “begrudgingly” I would have used previously.

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