Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Camping

Last night we did a test run on the air mattress for this weekend’s camping trip. I have been worried that the air mattress would not hold air, and nothing is worse than waking up on the cold hard ground. So, I had Toby air up the mattress and lay it out in the living room floor. We watched the third game of the Series reclining on the mattress, which did hold air. The dog was particularly thrilled that we were in the floor. Something about being in the floor instigates tickling and wrestling and fighting over the pillows. Jesse joined us. Toby and I ganged up to tickle her causing her to squeal just like she did when she was a little girl. Just the anticipation of being tickled was too much for her. A good time was had by all.

I still have lots to do to get ready for camp. I need to gather sleeping bags, flashlights, etc. We found the tent in storage. I hate this tent. It is a huge two-room tent with pieces and parts that never come together the first try. Part A1 fits into part B1 which connects to D2…Then one side of the tent is taller than the other side and you have to start over. It was not so bad when the kids were little. It was quite funny to have us all trying to put it together. In fact, we often drew an audience with our silliness. Now, it is just Toby and I - not nearly so much fun. Jesse shares a tent with her friends (who wants to sleep with your parents?) I have been wanting a smaller tent – one that just snaps together and is up in minutes. Unfortunately, Toby and I have two different ideas of what camping is. He wants another huge tent that will hold the whole fam damly. My idea is several small tents and everyone is on their own. Several years ago, we thought about buying a camper – fifth wheel type thing. We never did agree on that. Toby wanted something nice and fancy. I just wanted a place to have shelter if it rained and a roof over my head to sleep in – something to store all of the camping equipment in and be ready to just hook up and go. I don’t want to live in it; just camp for a few days. This whole tent thing could cause a squabble and then we have to sleep together on a mushy air mattress in a small space :)

Our whole church will turn out for this camping trip to the Wichita Mountains. The camp has a huge lodge with a large kitchen and eating area. There are bunkhouses and dorm rooms and shower houses so it is not exactly roughing it. Many families camp out in tents. There will be lots of sports during the day. I will stick to volleyball and maybe a little softball. The soccer and flag football are just way out of my league. The last time I played soccer, I made myself sick and was sore for a week. The Wichita Mts have some great hiking, and a wildlife reserve that is pretty awesome. At night there will be food, games, and music. Of course, just the visiting is great. It is an amazing thing that all of these families come together to have such a great time. It is what church is all about – love for one another. I think I can survive the tent thing and still be in love when the weekend is over.

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Anonymous said...

I'd never heard of the Wichita Mts, so I googled it. Looks pretty cool!

Your post brought back some good memories for me, Lou. TSMP and I did the tent thing a lot during our early days, but we stuck to a small 2-man tent. Those camping trips were some of the best times we ever had. These days I prefer roughing it in some place like the Rio Colorado cabins.

:-)

lou said...

The Rio Colorado is pretty rough, but one of my favorite places. You don't have to worry about getting the carpet muddy, and they let you keep pets. Very cozy place - much better than a high-dollar condominium.

Becky said...

Sounds like fun! Our church used to have a churchwide campout every year. We had so much fun, but then the people organizing it moved to Florida, and we haven't had one since.

Me, I got plenty of camping in when Cody was in Cub Scouts.

Dale Rowland said...

I love to camp but Shelley's not much on camping unless we are in a camper or cabin, with hot showers near by.

As a boy growing up I used to venture into the Waggner pasture with my pup tent, metal canteen, fishin' pole and boutiful supply of baloney. Cut-offs, T-Shirt, an no shoes where the normal attire during the summer. It's amazing that I survived the rattlesnakes and bobcats.

My most memorable camping trip was with my three sons when we took off for a week into the Ozarks. It was the week before Jeremy left for the Air Force. Lots of laughing, lots of sharing, lots of good tears, and a load of memories that will last a lifetime for all of us.

robby 1 said...

Yeah i must agree bringing back memories of going on family trips camping i live in LA and its just not the same im looking forward too going back too Colorado for some good ol times, nice blog ! http://www.portablebeds.com/

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