(Sing to the tune of “Green Acres” — the Eva Gabor part.)
New York is where I’d rather stay.
I dread allergic smelling hay.
I just adore a penthouse view.
Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue!
Anyone who has ever read this blog knows that I am not the outdoorsy type. I am 37-years-old and have never, ever, not once been camping. And neither has my husband!
This weekend our family will be CAMPING for the first time thanks to the Cub Scouts. (Walshie did join Cub Scouts. See earlier entry on that decision.)
I am very excited about sharing the experience with Walsh, but I am also pretty certain we’re going to do things wrong, bring the wrong stuff and just generally be way out of our comfort zone. (And as you know from the football game discussion if it rains, I am out of there!)
We are lucky the Cub Scouts are making it an easy first trip. We will only be at Stone Mountain and our tent (borrowed from my friend Sheridan –thank you) will be located near the bathroom. (Hooray for indoor plumbing!) We will be sleeping in tents, but they will provide dinner. (Hooray for provided dinner.)
We will be hiking but I’m a good walker and in decent shape so I’m not too worried about that. I am extremely worried about getting the tent up and staying warm and dry during the night. (I am mildly worried about rapists and wild animals but those fears are probably unfounded.)
We had planned to take Rose and leave the baby with my mom and dad. But since Rose was out sick with bronchitis three days this week I am thinking she shouldn’t be exposed to cold , damp air and campfire smoke. (Michael thinks I’m crazy but I know cold air and smoke can set off lung issues and the poor child coughed constantly for five days!)
Michael is fairly certain I will bolt as soon as it gets dark and temperature drops at all. Despite his doubts, I am committed to stay as long as it doesn’t rain on me!
Here are my questions:
How long could it possibly take us to put up our tent? Is an hour and a half enough time? Two hours?
Is Walsh’s Pottery Barn Batman sleeping bag not going to be warm enough?
What if we snuggle him between us?
Do we need to bring a gallon jug of water?
Do we need to bring a cooler?
Where do we keep our snacks (they said not in the tent and in what?)
Give me some basic dos and don’t for the night! Nothing is too elementary!