Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Things we learned camping last weekend

Quick update: We did not vanish somewhere in New Mexico during our move to Texas, I did write 54,000 words in November, and we didn't actually go camping last weekend (it was November). But why delete a perfectly good post just because it's outrageously outdated?

I knew you'd understand.

* Caramel/vanilla swirl marshmallows are delicious. They taste roasted right out of the bag. Go get some!

* When you go camping, take whatever weather predictions have been made and quadruple their likelihood. So a 30 percent chance of rain would be 120 percent in camping land. That's about right.

* Despite all the dirt and bugs, there's something about nature that makes everything feel remarkably clean. Pure, even. Which is why we still ate our meat after it fell off the foil and into the mud.

* If you ever have the opportunity to stop at a Buc-ee's, you should do.

* Don't feel bad when all the Texans point and laugh at you (the former Utahns) for bringing too many coats and sweaters. You will be laughing in the morning, my friend.

* Nobody believes in roughing it and spending the night on the ground anymore. Ryan and I were the only ones who didn't have an inflatable mattress or blow-up bed inside our tent.

* You can keep a fire alive in the middle of a couple-hour long downpour, and your 4 lb. tin foil dinner can still burn crispy on a fire in the middle of that downpour.

* Never make fun of someone for making a 4 lb. tin foil dinner. Because when you're huddled inside a tent with 3 other adults, trying to eat the only dinner that didn't burn, you will be very grateful for the extra pounds.

Thanks, Julie and Doug, for bringing us along!


Shannon said...

That sounds a lot like our attempted camping trip late last summer. But we didn't stay through the night. Sad. We'll try again this summer. Way to rough it and stick it out!
PS-I've missed you! What the heck are you up to in TX (besides ill fated camping trips, of course)?

Alexis said...

I was just thinking this morning, "I wonder how Lisa is doing." And now I know you went camping in November. :)

Also. I'm not really a marshmallow fan, but those sound really good. Can you just get them at the grocery store?

Paige said...

Haha, awesome! Hope you had fun, way back then in November. Oh, and I agree: more tin foil dinner = more better. Always.

lease said...

Shan, not sure if we would have roughed it with two small boys, but we did have a nice morning the next day :)

Yes, Lex. We went camping and that pretty much sums up the last few months (code for there's no way I'm gonna catch up on this blog, so why try?) And YES. At the grocery store! Not a big marshmallow fan either, but these are soo good!

Paige, I seriously had never seen tin foil dinners this big before in my life. Then again, we are in TX now...