Thursday, October 06, 2011
I need reasons why camping is a good idea.
Happy Friday, friends.
Well, today marks a big occasion. Today, we leave on our first ever camping weekend as a family. But even bigger than that, this is my first camping weekend of my whole life.
We are going with these friends, and let me tell you. Erin was about to burst with glee when she found out I was converting to camperism. Because here's my camping history thus far. A few months ago, we went camping for one night, about 10 minutes from our house to celebrate a birthday. Didn't really count, right? And then when I was a teen, I camped with another family for one night also. There, I remember thinking that probably 1 out of 4 campsites was occupied by a criminal. 'Cause if I were running from the law, I'd come to this place in the middle of nowhere. I really did think that.
If you're appalled by all this news, as was my husband upon finding out he married a woman who had never camped, seen the Grand Canyon, or Yosemite, in short, my parents are more the Marriott type. The end.
But my husband, however, is in love with the outdoors. He is BFF's with The Nature. The Nature and I have struggled to get along, though, in the past. What with allergies, rashes if I so much as sit on the grass, bug bites, getting dirty, etc., The Nature has not historically been my favorite.
So while I love my husband, and while I love what he brings to my children's lives through his passion and unbelievable expertise in the great outdoors, I am totally and completely inexperienced. And that means I'm a tad nervous. It's a couple hours away and may be pretty chilly. Apple picking may also be involved, which I'm excited about, and I'm always excited about the chance to see wildlife. I'd never feel nervous about the possible encounters with animals. Just criminals.
I know all of you probably love camping. I need a pep talk. One friend reminded me this morning that I'll be good at coming up with cute camping outfits to wear. Yes, true. But any other, perhaps more useful tricks I need to know? Tell me why you think camping's a good idea.
And then please mail me some cortisone cream. 'Cause I may need a lot come Sunday.