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The Corona Diaries Week 17 - Camping Camp (We Are Amateurs)

It was a weird week of not being sure what day it was, which, in covid times is not unusual, but even more so last week. It was a week where I felt even more removed from the world than before. There was no rhythm to it. There had been rhythm before, again, even in these wacky times. So I'm glad this week is over. I'm really looking forward to having some semblance of structure. This comign week is Art Camp and I'm finalizing plans and materials this week. There will be magazine collages and reusing of brown paper bags and tissue paper and - yes, here it comes - mod podge. Can't wait.

As you know, last week was Camping Camp. I was excited to try. It ended up being what Grace likes to call "the burnt pancake" version.

Here's what I've learned: I am a rank amateur camper. Oh I'm game, but not very experienced. I have some basic skills, I have a clue, but it's in no way second nature.

I learned that if we want to be regular campers, we need to have some gear. Nothing fancy at all, but things like a box of kitchen stuff dedicated to camping. It lives by itself in the storage area and we just grab it when it's time to camp. No pillaging our own kitchen wondering what we might need.

We need better sleeping gear. We took air mattresses and blankets which would have worked out great if it hadn't been so damn COLD overnight! Wow, it was so much colder than expected and we didn't bring enough blankets. Blankets for on top of us and to also layer between us and the air mattress as the air mattress keeps the cold in really well.

I need to learn how to plan food/meals better. TOTALLY overdid the food. I was packing for ten people for five days, apparently. And bacon and eggs. Next time how about just cereal and milk? Maybe ease into it?

I also learned that I would really rather have one of these:

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(or this one or this one or hell, why any one of these?)

Our tent was spacious, but I could only just stand up in it, so that was annoying for Kurt to not be able to. But I did like the front porch aspect of it, made it handy for storing your stuff in a separate space and also a place to leave your dirty shoes before going into the sleep spot.

Prep also involved doing the Helga braids.

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Car was PACKED.
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Bathroom break and a snack. (I guess we didn't bring enough??)
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CAMPSITE! Tent is up.
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That's Grace's car and tent behind Kurt. Then beyond that to the left were other campers at their site.
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Setting up camp is thirsty work.
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Grace brought a smaller tent for her giant air mattress.
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Harper giving it a go.
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CLASSIC FAMILY FAVORITE! Grace and Harper's Great Grandmother always had these on hand.
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Setting up camp in a pandemic is thirsty work.
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Climbing a hill.
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At the top

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View from the shower, which we never used except to wash hands as the toilet room didn't have a sink. But the toilet room was actually very modern and clean and nice. Proper flush toilet! LOL
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Harper got to work on making a sculpture.
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It finally cooled off a little bit.
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A bit of frisbee.
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And Grace made / brought spectacular chicken dinner for us (and the wasps).

(Another lesson, bring a dam fly strip or wasp trap to hang from a tree.)
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But this is what Harper really came for.
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Many marshmallows were consumed.
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After Harper went to bed we pulled out the Jiffy Pop - good old nostalgia!
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And it caught on fire.
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Jiffy Fail.
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As mentioned, the evening got COLD. But there were amazing stars and planets to look at. (Duh, dumbass, BRING BINOCULARS!)

At one point, maybe 2am? I had to go to the bathroom (which I never do at home!) and by then the just-past-full moon was up. It was amazing to walk all the way to the bathroom with no flashlight. (It was about a 1-2 minute walk.) The coyotes were talking all night, not very close, but you could hear them plainly. But Kurt and I definitely didn't sleep much due to the cold.

Lots of rabbits around the path to the toilet in the morning.
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We took a walk up another hill before it got too hot.

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Got to the top, lovely view. Harper complained the last little way up. "I'm not going all the way up!" "Harper, just come on." "Fine."
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Then she got up , looked around for 2 seconds and left.
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More rabbits.
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The sculpture was redesigned.
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We made breakfast and decent camp coffee. Then discussed going home early as it had been a very uncomfortable night and there was not easy way to make it better. No handy Target 5 miles away from which to grab more blankets. Harper was extremely disappointed and who could blame her. But we still had time to play.

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and finalize the sculpture.
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And eat a hot dog for lunch using the handy hot dog holder in the folding chairs.
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Harper's final sculpture was a mini campfire. (foot for scale.)
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Welp. Drive home was tasty.
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Back home we unpacked and washed everything. We were filthy from all that dry dusty dirt. Harper wanted to watch TV the minute we came home and was about to jump on the couch and I said, "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Go get in the shower first!" Which she did.

The rest of the week involved Harper learning a few new things. Broomball for one.

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Creating more art. (This was one of the very first projects I saw online at the start of the lock down. Finally pulled it out for something to do.)
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Tried the Jiffy Pop again - reasonably more successful, but still not quite right. And no, I can't explain about the expression and body pose.

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Harper also learned about seriously skinned knees. She fell off her bike for the first time. Luckily, we've watched enough Tour De France to know how to properly bandage that up.
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Cats.

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Sweet potatoes are flowering in my garden.

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And I hope justice will happen for Breonna.

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Lastly this week, I made the number 3 sidewalk obstacle course.

So - will we try camping again? Yes, I think so. It's just going to involve different planning and finding a better/cooler/less dusty place. But I'm game!

 

 

 

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