Sunday, May 22, 2011

Heading Home ….

 

Our first tent camping trip is in the books…we arrived home Sunday  afternoon..one day earlier than we had planned..why?…the one thing we couldn’t control was the weather?!…


 

Fullscreen capture 22052011 83545 PM

 

after spending a very  rainy night we decided to head home today…the forecast didn’t look that promising so we figured why pack up in the rain on Monday..…head out while there was no moisture falling from the sky…
So now for the recap on what we thought of our first ‘tent camping’ experience…
the tent..

 

show_image_in_imgtag

an Outbound six man Lakeside Long..roomy..nice vestibule…kept us dry…9/10

The sleeping pads..so worth the money we spent on these!!.
 
 
 

150

 

3.5 inches thick..very comfortable…10/10
sleeping bags..

show_image_in_imgtag

warm and cozy..10/10
The only downside of the sleeping arrangements were the pillows..we should have brought one more each…


We even had a portable toilet so there was no leaving the tent in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.. now that is a REAL  bonus!!!

And Doug had even bought a portable fan that ran on batteries..perfection!!!


The cooking and the meals?..was just fine..we ate well..never went hungry!..the old cooler worked well keeping the food and drinks at a good temperature..

Tucker was a good boy..slept well in the tent..yet another bonus!!

The camping experience on the whole went very well…we had a discussion today with regards to how difficult it is to know what it is like to have a ‘trailer’ and then to revert back to a tent..and sleeping low to the ground…( for those of you interested…the getting out of bed was  bit difficult but we managed)


But I, in turn said that even when we had  the trailer and  it rained?..sure we were dry but there was the feeling ‘of the walls closing in’ if we spent too much time indoors…and more than once we both had thought we need a bigger trailer???


After packing up, we realized that even with the trailer the time it took was about the same..


So basically the final score of this first trip?…with the weather being the only downside…I would say we would rate this first trip at 8.5/10..we may have been ‘roughing it’..but all in all it was a  success!!


So now the laundry awaits and drying out a few items..and we will be good to go again!!!

22 comments:

  1. Sounds like it was a great weekend! Except for the weather not cooperating. Hopefully pretty soon some drier weather will be on the way for the summer months. :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Roughing it ... but with conveniences like the porta-potty. I'm sorry the weather did not cooperate, but looks like you made the best of the situation ... and with things we can't control, that's about all we can do :-)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I am so glad you had fun...but that is why we camp in all kinds of weather...too have fun, meet new people and experience new places. I think I'll stick to my 25' trailer...Just can't see myself getting out of the floor (bed).

    ReplyDelete
  4. Glad the trip went well, too bad about the weather. It is amazing what we teach ourselves to need such as 40 feet motorhomes! And all the stuff we all have in our homes.

    ReplyDelete
  5. The only thing about roughing it for me would be mosquitos..Hard to keep them out of the tent...Glad you had a great time..Your spot was to die for...

    ReplyDelete
  6. Glad you had a good experience, Skip and I were wondering what you were sleeping on, the sleeping pads look comfy. Too bad the weather sucked.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I think the porta-potti is an essential to make tent camping enjoyable! Glad you got up off of the ground in the morning. :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. So all-in-all a nice success. The porta-potti is a great idea. Sure hope your next camping trip is dry.

    ReplyDelete
  9. All n All it sounds like a fun weekend and successful... Glad to hear it! I thought of you guys several times this weekend!
    Have a GREAT week!
    {{{HUGS}}}
    Donna

    ReplyDelete
  10. You stayed dry, warm and didn't go hungry! Weather aside, it seemed to be a pretty good experience.

    ReplyDelete
  11. You guys are a lot braver than me to be staying in a tent! Looks like you had a great time and made the best of it despite the wet weather. Sure was a nice spot by the river. Glad to see Tucker never got swept downstream!

    ReplyDelete
  12. If you had extra room, I guess you could bring cots in order to get you higher off the ground. But it sounds like your tenting excursion was a great success! Too bad it rained, but your site looked amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Glad you enjoyed your camping trip. Not for me, but if you like it, that is what counts.. stay safe.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Sounds like a good score to me. That is also the only thing I find hard about sleeping on the floor - getting up. I hope the next trip will be sunny, warm, and cool brezes for you! :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Never thought about it but yes you are right about it being more difficult to get up from a lying down position on the ground. We just don't exactly spring to our feet anymore do we!! If I had to go tenting again I guess I could but it would not be a first choice way for me to go. Good for you guys in getting out there & doing it.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Glad you had a great weekend and were able to get out do some camping!! Good for you all!!

    ReplyDelete
  17. You make it sound like fun, but I will wait for further updates :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Glad to hear you had a good time in spite of the weather. I have happy memories of tent camping...but alas...I think they shall remain only memories (GRIN)!! Good for you for doing what pleases you.

    ReplyDelete
  19. What a great adventure. You packed some extra conveniences that certainly improved the tenting experience. Hopefully next time the weather will cooperate more.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Well congrats on your adventure back into the wilderness....you are braver than me.

    ReplyDelete
  21. We have always tent camped until we got our MH. We loved tent camping but now love motorhoming. The only thing with tent camping is you normally need to pitch your tent in a campground with the MH we can boondock just about anywhere.

    Glad you enjoyed your trip other than the rain.

    Kevin and Ruth
    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

    ReplyDelete
  22. Harry read your comment about roboform on my blog, and showed me how to get the toolbar for roboform up on Chrome. You go to the roboform icon on internet explorer, click on options, then go to browser integration and put a checkbox in the Google Chrome box. Now I have a roboform toolbox on my Chrome page too. :)

    ReplyDelete

The ‘Cavalry’ Has Arrived?

May 7-16, 2017 Spring has sprung and the weather that rolls in over the lake is every changing.. This morning, May 16, we woke to a ligh...