Last week we went camping….in a tent….for five nights….um….no joke.
Now, you might not know this about me, but I’m a girl.
I don’t just mean that I’m a female who can give birth and nurse my young.
I am a girl who puts on make-up to go to the grocery store, wears heals almost everywhere, and kills spiders with a vacuum cleaner. I’m one of those kinds of girls.
But I’m also
cheap frugal, so being able to stay five nights in a tent for less than it would have cost to spend one night in a hotel sold me. My only requirement was that there had to be indoor bathrooms. Unfortunately, I forgot to insist that those bathrooms not include bugs and miniature toads. I’ll add that to next year’s list of demands.
All in all, it wasn’t too bad. We all survived. I even came to appreciate the large guard toad that stood outside the women’s bathroom door every night. Well, almost.
One of the biggest keys to our successful trip was that we stayed near attractions and activities. We don’t often think of tents when we’re headed to a popular vacation destination, but there are campgrounds nearly everywhere. By picking a location near a city, we were able to eat at restaurants and stay busy until bedtime, so all we needed to do at the campsite was sleep and shower.
And it was actually nice to be unplugged for a few days. We grew a little closer as we endured the rainy nights and buggy bathrooms without the distraction of the Internet or television.
We certainly came home much more thankful than when we left. The basics of life seemed a little sweeter (and our beds a little softer) after a week of making due without.
Most likely, we’ll be camping out again (but probably not until next year, when everyone has forgotten about the lack of comforts). We already have some sandy locations in mind….and I’m already trying to ignore the fact that ants live in sand!
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