Pull Up a Camp Chair

This weekend, we went on our first weekend campout with our Cub Scout Pack. Since Josh is just finishing his first year, he is now a Wolf. And Wolves can attend short overnight Summer Campouts. WooHoo!! The boys sleep in those “mountain man” cabins on the far side of the site, and the adults put up their tents around the site. Mine is that giant orange and blue monster. I love that tent. It’s huge, it’s hot, and it holds a whole bunch of my childhood (and in this picture, it happens to be holding our towels, since we’d just returned from the pool). My parents took me across the country in that tent.

So, pull up a camp chair, have a S’more and some bugjuice, and share your camping stories. Do you camp? If you do, do you go primitive or do you use a camper?

Rules still apply, if you break them, you have latrine duty.

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19 Responses to Pull Up a Camp Chair

  1. Jason says:

    I used to love going camping when I was younger. Me and some friends hauled hay for a guy, and in exchange he would let us go camping on his property down by the lake. That was probably some of the best memories that I have with those friends.

  2. Joy says:

    I’m so glad you had a good time camping. I think it’s a really good thing for kids to do. To realize how things used to be. Kinda like history.

    I have a very busy week coming up. I have to bring my mom for radiation Mon, Wed and Thurs. I’m getting Jason and Toby dyed out of my hair on Tues so Nikki is going to take my mom and my brother Darryl is taking her on Friday’s because I bring the kids for their golf lessons. I hate weeks like this but I guess I’ll have to get used to it for the next 6 weeks.

    We also start our new weight loss challenge tomorrow night. Boy, these two weeks sure did go fast and it’s been kind of nice to be able to eat what we’ve wanted to. I don’t think I did too bad. I think I’m up 4 pounds but at this point I don’t really think it matters. It’s a new weigh in but I hate to lose the same pounds twice so I did try to be pretty good and I did still work out. So we’ll see what happens. I’m ready for the next step.

    That’s about it from my neck of the woods. Have a good week all.

  3. SKL says:

    I’m starting to have visions of taking my girls camping. My parents used to take us “primitive camping” when I was little – I think the first time may have been when I was 7, because my younger sister was 2 years younger. We’d go on 3-day weekends, not far from home, because my dad didn’t get vacation in those days. It was awesome. After my kid brother was born, we went camping in a rented cabin, because my mom wanted the running water. Then we moved to a small rural town, and never camped as a family again, because my mom (who’d been more of a good sport than a fan) declared we had the great outdoors right in our backyard now.

    Around age 5, I can see my kids being ready for primitive camping – ready to get more out of it than it takes out of me, ha ha. Not sure if I am really up to it, though. I will be 45 next summer and I can’t even sleep on a pillow without being stiff for 3 days. But I would like to figure out a way, at least once. And I would like to find a nearby camp, maybe a church camp, where we can go and do the program for a week as a family. Up until now, they really weren’t old enough. And besides, my backyard has woods, trails, hills, streams, critters, etc. So they haven’t exactly been deprived of nature walks.

    • Laura says:

      They have some really good sleeping pads now, and some very lightweight and packable cots that might do you right. They’re a little pricey, but I’ve heard they’re well worth the money. I haven’t got one for myself – yet – but I plan to do my research.

      Meanwhile, we used a blow-up queen-sized mattress, and although it was against every fiber of my being to use it (I was taught that camping gear was minimal, and usually just slept on the ground), I was soooooooo happy that I did bring it. If you get a good night’s sleep, it makes everything so much easier.

      • SKL says:

        Every blow-up mattress I’ve ever slept on has been horribly uncomfortable for me. If I could be sure of finding a flat piece of earth, that would probably be better. I sleep OK on my carpeted floor if I have something to hold my head in place.

  4. SKL says:

    So the weekend has been a big workfest and still is. I have 3 deliverables for Monday morning, and I am frankly just getting going (finished a couple other ones earlier). Most likely I’ll be up all night, but maybe I can sneak a little nap.

    I did take Saturday evening off to go to my niece’s graduation party. My brother put a lot into that, but it seemed not very many friends of hers showed up. Mostly just boring family who didn’t need impressing. (They do have a BIG family, so it wasn’t exactly empty.)

    My mom’s brother showed up with his daughter, and I haven’t seen them in probably 10+ years. His wife is a loon (for real) and she is convinced that we all hate her and we’re horrible people. She didn’t even come or let him come to my sister’s wedding. Instead she called and insulted my mom in a vile way. Anyhoo, we were pleasantly surprised to see him (without her!) because he’s really a fun guy and my mom does love him and miss him.

    My kids had fun and I chatted a bit with folks. It was nice to be able to tell my kids to go play and not have to watch them. I’ll never understand why some people get nostalgic for those high-maintenance baby and toddler years. To me, seeing a bunch of healthy, happy kids running AWAY from the grown-ups is a beautiful thing. (In the city, I have to be watchful not because they are helpless, but because someone might see them “without a parent” and interfere with them or report me.)

    So I was a party pooper at the end, but I wrote about that in the “Need a Breather?” section, and I’m happy to say that was all a misunderstanding and everyone’s happy now.

    Oh, and Miss G didn’t get to come home from the hospital as planned. I think they decided she wasn’t eating quite enough. I also heard she had a brain scan and things are looking pretty bad as far as mental abilities – but they are still checking stuff. On the positive side, her not coming home meant my sister and her tot were able to come to my niece’s party and have a last romp with the cousins.

    So that’s all my news since Friday’s check-in. This week will be mostly like last week. Still working on the big deadline, with some smaller deadlines mixed in. Swimming hard against the current. The hardest part is having so many conference calls every day. If you spend all day on the phone talking about what you’re supposed to have done, when do you have time to actually do it? With kids, I don’t have the energy to work into the night every night. Call me a slacker, I don’t care.

    Oh well, I hope everyone has a great week!

  5. Nikki says:

    We had the best weekend EVER! Bailey’s birthday was awesome. Saturday was even better. He had 6 friends show up to play at the beach all day. It was a blast! I payed for it though. Had a migraine from about 10pm on Saturday until Sunday afternoon. Sunday did end up being fun too. They boys had practice and it was so hot they ended up taking balls on a slip and slide.

    Today, we are going to the beach for a little bit. This evening we have practice, then we’re all heading over to one of the assistant coaches house for the Twins home run derby. Make a little party out of it. That should fun.

    Have a good Monday everyone!

  6. SKL says:

    So I had a little nap last night from about 1am to 3am. This morning I got out 3 big deliverables, had a conference call, and dealt with a couple of “emergencies,” along with the usual stuff. I have at least 2 more conference calls today (2pm-4pm), and another deadline tonight. I have 50 minutes before my next call and I would so love to just take a nap! Not sure if I dare.

  7. SKL says:

    Oh my gosh, this client we’re working with is such an ass! Blah! We’re writing up a 100-page application for his company, and we sent him requests for needed info weeks ago. He didn’t bother to send most of it, but he started demanding a complete draft last week! And getting very agitated about it! So we told him we’d put together a first draft with what we had by today. It went out early this morning. He started to send the stuff I asked him for AFTER that. Then he sent several nasty emails about how we’re not giving the engagement the attention it deserves, etc. He said our draft looks exactly like the one they did last year, i.e., we didn’t do any work on it. Whatever! This is what I stayed up all night for, folks! So this afternoon we have a call and he’s going on and on about how slow we are. Note that I STILL have not received half of the stuff I asked him for. He says he’ll send it later today. Why so soon??? Asshole.

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