Hello all my lovely followers and readers!
It is 3:30 am and it is update time again! I maybe had four hours of sleep and no food yet, but I have had two cups of coffee so I am hoping this post goes somewhat smoothly. I must warn you though the editing and grammar may be poor. Haha.
BTW guys, please read these few posts if you haven’t yet, if you want to stay up to date with this current post or have some idea of wtf I am talking about.
I have both good and bad news, but I think it would make the most sense to get the bad news out of the way first…
I called my oma(grandma in Austrian/German etc) the same day we were packing up the car to go camping. She is getting a lot worse and I think the cancer is really starting to over take her body. Her digestive system is not working at all anymore, she is having a really hard time focusing, is in a lot of pain and though she can still go to the bathroom and do other things by herself, she says it is barely. She is becoming really weak and will need to be checked into the hospital very soon to receive the 24/7 hour care she needs. My oma already was having a hard time coming to terms with the cancer, she is having a very difficult time with the thought of giving up her independence and having to leave her home. My oma was always so strong willed and almost fearless, it is hard to see this cancer defeat her never mind what the horrible disease does to the body and mind. It was the first time I heard my oma cry over the phone since this whole odeal began. I also shared tears with her, but really broke down again after I hung up the phone with her.
I was a complete disaster trying to help my husband with last minute chores we had to do and packing up the car to go camping. I took time to sulk in the bathroom and then listened to a few songs on my phone, sucked it up and unloaded the dishwasher. I surprisingly did a pretty good job getting it all organized, packed and so on, BUT I did put my phone that had my email for our site reservation in my suitcase that was on the bottom of stuffs in the back seat. My husband probably was not very impressed we had to dig everything out again to get it only to find out we didn’t even need it. LOL My husband did a good job of not showing annoyance though and I think was understanding considering the state I was in. I feel kinda bad, cause I really had to rely on him for all this last minute stuffs that had to be done, even though it wasn’t my fault. Oh well, we did it and minus my little oopsie we didn’t forget anything!
When we checked in and got to our campsite, we set up our brand new tent, well right after we put ice in the beer and food cooler of course! It took us about a half hour to set up what was suppose to be a 8 minute fast pitch tent, but it was our first time and the rain tarp was a pain in the ass. It will be much quicker in the future now we know what the eff we are doing.
Our brand new 6 person fast pitch dome tent.
Picture of our site set up.
Note: The bigger cooler was for the beer and drinks. The smaller cooler that is not in this picture I believe was for food. LOL Believe it or not however, we didn’t eat all of our food. We need to eventually buy another cooler similar to the size of the bigger one in the picture.
As I mentioned, the rain tarp took a really long time to untie everything as it was the first time and took awhile to set up, we were really glad we did as it thunder stormed and rained the first night. We went to lye down for a nap at like 6 pm ish as we were still really tired from the last night of the work week, packing etc and we woke up to rain and then torrential down poor, thunder and lightning. LOL. As much as it sucked and everything was soaked, it was a really good test for our new tent and there was no leaks. It survived a pretty decent thunderstorm.
We woke up at 3 am, shivering and soaked. Started a bon fire and started drinking beer. I wonder what our neighbors thought. Haha. Nah, the hubby and I are on the opposite schedule as most people anyways as we work the night shift, and it is camping so like wtf is a schedule? We then made coffee and breakfast at like 7 am ish.
Here are some bon fire pictures from the first very early morning/night.
A random very dark picture of the hubby and I by the camp fire.
The weather was gorgeous and it was my husband’s birthday so we did a quick errand back into town (our first camping trip in years with all new equipment we did not camp in the middle of nowhere as this was like a test trip) and then got our day packs ready for a 1.8 mile hike and adventure to the beach. My husband didn’t want cake, dinner or a present, no he wanted to go on this crazy ass hike on a very hilly and sketchy trail. 😛 We were both super sun burned, sore and he got a lot of bug bites (I dosed down in bug spray so I got no bites) but we made it out alive and I was really proud of myself for doing it. It took us about an hour in and an hour back. I took more breaks on the way back as I was way too damn sore, so it was hard to average the time it took us to do the hike. Plus we spent some time on the beach and park benches in the shade. Ate some food, hydrated, reapplied sunscreen and tried to regain energy for the long hike back.
Here are some pictures we took on our hike (sorry some of them are blurry. ;o)
Some of the easier stretches of the trail. The one that turned out blurry unfortunately was very pretty and we didn’t notice the picture turned out blurry until we looked at our pictures on our phones when we got back to camp.
Another picture of us on the way to the beach. Very beginning of the hike and bugs were everywhere! lol Btw…see that zit or marking on my chin…yeah the whole mandatory mask bull shit has brought back my acne. I should be too old to still be getting acne tbh.
I saw this butterfly when we were hiking back. It is sorta blurry, but I tried to cropped it a bit as the butterfly flew away when I attempted a close up shot.
We ate lunch when we got back from our hike and just relaxed in what little shade we had on our site in our camping chairs. We tried to take a nap as we were really exhausted from our hike, but it was way too damn hot in the tent so we played card games and listened to music instead. Once the sun started to go down we lit the fire, drank some beers, ate dinner and enjoyed the rest of our final night by the bon fire. Drank a ton of beer and blared some oldies, and some music that was a more neighbor friendly. We got a pretty huge fire going as it was our last night and wanted to burn all the wood.
Random story time of whiny campers: Our camping neighbors to the right of us apparently didn’t like when my husband was re-hammering the stakes that came lose after the first night’s thunderstorm. The man complained ‘it is not like the tent is going anywhere.’ I am sorry, but the stakes did come lose from the wind all night and we weren’t sure if weather would blow back in for the last night again. Fine, whatever I can sympathize as I also have noise sensitivity and hate loud noises like banging. That was an easy complaint to ignore. It was later when the wife later complained about our camp fire that late afternoon/early evening made her RV smell like smoke. She whined ‘our RV smells like smoke’ and proceeded to slam her RV door rather adruptly and went inside to watch tv. I responded with as loud as I could ‘how dare people do normal camping stuff and enjoy nature.’ Like bitch stfu, why go out camping and complain about what most people do when they are in nature.
Here are like a ton more of pictures I took of the bon fire, can you tell I LOVE them? LOL
This was the second night before sun down.
My hubby photo bombing my picture.
Some from the night.
After crashing around midnight ish, we slept for like 5 hours and woke up around 5 am to rain again. Instead of waiting it out, we actually just got up and packed up in the pouring ass rain. It was miserable, but we were glad we did as we could get home early for a real shower that felt amazing and take a good nap in the air conditioning. My husband was super tricky how he took down the tent and actually managed to keep the tent dry for the most part. We just had to set the tent up at this beach later that day to dry the rain tarp and the tarp that was underneath the tent. The tent made it and is 100% still in great condition. I am really glad that we actually camped kinda close to home because our car is so tiny it made it much easier and quicker to just fill the car up twice and make two trips back home.
That is the end of our camping adventures. As much as the rain sucked and hiking that crazy ass trail made me sore as shit, I am glad we did it and I do not regret the trip as it gave us something to talk about and it is all apart of camping.
Ohh btw, I really love some of the gear we had bought too. Besides our tent being a really obvious great purchase, our rechargable lantern is really awesome as we saved money on batteries, it charges our phones etc and I am really glad we bought a 100 foot outdoor extension cord so we can camp pretty much anywhere and if electricity is available it will reach our tent or whatever however we choose to set up. We still need to upgrade some gear and get more stuff, but unfortunately we will have to wait to get a bigger vehicle, which is in the plans for our next stimulus check or if not in the very near future. I think we may able to pull off another small camping trip however further away from home still as we passed this first test trip with little problems. Either way, we plan on camping more by the end of the summer.
PS: I actually wrote this post throughout the day as I took a nap, did some chores and watched some streams on twitch. Sorry if some of it seems a bit rushed or unorganized, but I really wanted to share this before I head back to work. xD