Our Upcoming Adventure

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In a little over a month we will be going on a great adventure! It is to a place that we shall call, ” THE UNKNOWN.” (But, some people might just call it camping)

Unfortunately, we aren’t going to be able to spend this year’s Thanksgiving with extended family. So, we are spending it the next best way, with some good friends. And these good friends go camping on Thanksgiving. We thought, what the heck..we will join in! Now, I need to paint a picture for you guys.

  1. I have never taken my girls camping. (My oldest went with her Aunt a couple of summers ago but they are avid campers, I am like a camping virgin.) πŸ˜‰
  2. We own a tent that has only been opened in our living room for fun sleepovers, that’s it. (I wonder if we actually have the stakes, never needed them on the carpet.)
  3. 2 sleeping bags for 4 people. (Crap, better go to the sporting goods section of Target. Or is that a ridiculous place to go for camping gear? Should I go to Dicks instead? Is there a manly man’s store to go to for this stuff, so we look like we know what we are doing??) Ahhh!
  4. Peeing in the woods. (Oh, my 5 yr old is going to love this. She doesn’t even like to use the bathroom at the football field because she says it smells like old pee mixed with some nasty poop odor.)
  5. Bugs. (The great outdoors of course are filled with them. My girls freak out, literally, when we have a fly in the truck.)

 

This is either going to be the funniest Thanksgiving ever, or one that goes down as a horrible experience all around. I think I should video tape it all. I might be able to make some money off of this!

I used to be outside all the time growing up, so I am looking forward to this. I think it will be a great way to spend the holiday. My girls like the comforts of the indoors way too much. I think it’s my duty to take them outside and make them live a little. Gone with the cell phones, T.V’s, Nintendo’s, Wii’s and whatever else electronic devices they will try to sneak past me. It’s time to, “rough it” as they will probably call it. Or maybe they will look at it as torture. Either way, I am sure we will make plenty of memories and that to me, makes it totally worth it!

 

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  1. Gander Mountain. Also, get a real air matress not one of those floats you use in a pool. Stick some dryer sheets in among your equipment and clothing. You will be surprised how quickly people and things begin to stink. Spread everything with Lysol before you use it. Have a separate, covered recepticle for your shoes outside of your tent–NO SHOES IN THE TENT! THE TENT IS FOR SLEEPING! Use the buddy system with your kids. They can get lost in a snap of your fingers. Take energy bars and plenty of water. Make them drink. It’s easy to get dehydrated and not even realize it. HAVE A FIRST AID KIT! Good luck.

  2. Kaelyn did a great job camping-just follow her lead. πŸ™‚ And for camping gear, check out campmor.com…they have inexpensive but good stuff…it’s like the target of the camping world. You can also get good deals at the online rei outlet. i’m happy to email you a packing list. πŸ™‚

  3. Absolutely great way to make family memories, but expect the unexpected! Something always goes wrong. It’s just part of the experience. The most important thing to take on a camping trip is “a good attitude.” That helps more than anything else. If I can make a few suggestions? It always helps to look at things with a “what if” mentality. Asking the question can help in preparing. Two things I always insisted on in camping with others was that they have a personal emergency kit, consisting of the following: #1: I recommend a fanny pack containing at least 2 power bars, 5-10 waterproof matches, 5-10 feet of 10lb fishing line, small poncho, whistle, small pocket knife, 6-8 oz. plastic bottle of water, water purification tablets, pocket notebook and pencil (no pen). There are other things you could include, but be wise in their selection. The more you carry the more it weighs. Carry what is essential and will help you survive. If you can get along without it, leave it. #2: A sheet of written rules and instructions to be read in case the worst should happen.such as: 1. Stay calm-don’t panic. Remember you have a brain. Use it. 2. Remain where you are-if you can do so safely. Wondering around when you don’t know where you are or where you’re going is foolhardy. It wastes time, energy, and makes it harder for those trying to find you. 3. Observe the area around you. What resources are available such as wood, food, and water. 4. Do what you can do. Make a fire, find water & food, build shelter, Use your energy wisely. 5. Wait-be patient. Remember people can survive for weeks without food, but only about 3 days without water. Use what you have with discretion. 8 oz. of water will give you approximately three days Remember it takes time for a search party to organize and begin a search, so give them time, and think of ways you can help them find you. Most people are found within 3 days. Remember that many people have survived against impossible odds simply because they had a will to survive. Have the attitude I will fight, I will survive, I will never give up. Anyone carrying the few items mentioned above greatly increases their chances of survival indefinitely.
    The #1 skill every camper should know is how to make a fire. When I was a kid, my dad used to take us out (often in the backyard) , and we’d practice our camping skills: making a campfire, building a shelter, finding food, cooking over a campfire, recognizing animal tracks, and wild plants that could be used for food and medicinal purposes, making snares and deadfall traps, and how to mark a trail, and all the rest of it. It was fun learning how to do those things because our lives weren’t in danger, and if we needed to use the barthroom we could go in the house. πŸ™‚ The best time to learn those things is when you don’t need to know them. It’s one thing to put up a tent in the backyard when the sun is shining, and you can read the instructions, but it’s totally different when it’s sunset, the wind is blowing, it’s gettng cold, and you have no idea what you’re doing. The first is a fun adventure, the other is an absolutely miserable experience.
    There are a number of excellent books and websites on the internet that can give you a great headstart. Ask the kids “what if” and talk about what to do, and how to do it, then have them research it out to know if they have it right. Remember you’re brain is your best survival tool. Never ever go anywhere especially in the wild without giving someone you trust a detailed itinerary of your plans, and when you expect to be back. Cell phones, and other electronic devices are great, but remember batteries go bad, signals get lost, so do not depend on them. The more people who know where you’re going, and when you plan to be back, the more likely help will be coming should you need it. In camping and wildreness situations you have to be very intentional about what you do, how you do it, and why. The difference between a great adventure and a life and death survival situation is preparation.
    Remember Augden’s law, “Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. Better to know it and not use it. Better to do it than wish you had. Better to remember and laugh than cry.” I’m sure you’ll have a great time, and will pray that you do so. I can’t wait to see what you’ll post after you get back. πŸ™‚

    • I am sure I will have a few posts to do when I get back of our adventures!!! Thank you for sharing all your camping expertise!! I usually try to think of the “what if’s.” Hopefully in that sense, we will have a uneventful trip. We are only going to be gone for a couple of days this time. I am hoping that this is the beginning of many wonderful camping experiences to come. I need to print off your comment and put it in a notebook, so I can revert back to it! πŸ™‚ Thanks again!!

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