4.19.2009

The capital of New Hampshire is not "That One Place, Oh Shoot."


Yesterday I went camping. Today I am le tired. This is mostly due to the fact that the temperature dropped about 45 degrees in the night and I spent a good amount of time while I should have been sleeping instead having completely insane dreams which woke me up (thanks to the mini-brats, perhaps... but my my, they were delicious), then realizing that my face was cold, and attempting to re-adjust my sleeping bag in the dark to remedy this problem without sliding off my Thermarest. It probably didn't help that I forgot my coat (and socks) at home. Genius.

I have discovered the new greatest thing to do while car-camping! Find the local thrift store and peruse the game bin. Not only will you find something which may or may not have all the pieces, it will probably cost you about $2.04 and provide hours of entertainment. We played the Discover America game and learned that we are woefully bad at naming state capitals. I knew them all in fifth grade, I wonder what happened.

I also brought The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide just in case we needed to identify a mystery primate. I thought I saw one at one point, but it was just a small dog. Another sighting turned out to be an elderly woman in a furry coat. Alas.

All in all, a successful camping excursion despite the lack of mystery primates and the fact that I couldn't remember Lansing, Michigan. Thus I declare camping season open!

Mountains, see you in a few months!

5 comments:

absolutemediocrity said...

Sheesh, no coat, no socks, but you had Discover America and books on identifying primates?

Better than me, though. One time, I went camping, spontaneously, mind you, and ended up at the campsite with a tent, a blanket, half a bag of Doritos, and a 2-liter bottle of Coke. Not exactly the makings of a great night by the fire, we ended up scrounging for materials to make smores at 8:30 at night, and making fun of ourselves until about 3 in the morning...

delightfully mediocre said...

Well, I didn't think through the forecast very well. I thought I had enough layers of long-sleeved shirts and sweatshirts. It would've been all right if the weather had stayed the same as it did all last week, but now we're supposed to get snow and I waved it off. Whoops!

I think some of the best camping excursions include supreme mess-ups like forgotten gear or absolutely terrible food. :) At least it makes for a good story!

Natalie said...

Ive never been camping it sounds amazing though. Maybe this will be the summer I give up all the amenities of modern living and rough it on a search for the elusive Yeti, perhaps you can recommend a guide book. LOL

kmkaull said...

Hey! Your blog! Love it. Great camping story and think I should try camping sometime. Maybe in the backyard! Are you guys heading west this summer?

delightfully mediocre said...

@natalie - You should! Camping is great, especially if you go with fun people. Maybe PARTICULARLY if you go with fun people.

@Katie - You should! I feel like the dogs would be totally into it. And we're in the process of working out a little road trip (probably to Colorado) in July. Hopefully it will work out, money is so tight right now but I need a trip and a break!