Sunday, July 18, 2010

5 Ways to Make a Crappy Camping Experience Awesome

This weekend, my bride and I went camping at Myre/Big Island State Park near Albert Lea, MN. Our second night (of two) we were caught in the middle of a severe thunderstorm warning. The tent lost some of its stakes and the awning sprung some leaks, while we tried to sleep under the leak.

With all that, we still had fun. Why? I don’t know, but we did have a blast. Here are some thoughts as to why.

  1. Choose your companions carefully. The weather only put a damper on the weekend, had we been there alone or with people we didn’t like, it would have been awful.
  2. Make the most of the good time you have. We had a great Saturday. We went biking, canoeing and napping, all of us, in the shade of a tree. It was great. It made the crappy night we were about to have more manageable.
  3. Realize that “this too shall pass.” The whole night, I was telling B that she and I were going to have a great story to tell when the storm was over. Unfortunately, the story is boring, but we were making the end of the storm the focus during the storm.
  4. Have lots of treats. We ate a ton of food… really good food. B made desserts on the grill and all was great. Food makes the foul weather seem insignificant.
  5. Have a back-up plan. When the tent started to lift off the ground and the trees started swaying and bending in half, we moved to the car. Our back-up plan made us feel safe.

This is my best guess at why we had fun. It was a great trip…B and I need to learn how to canoe, though.

Have a great week, friends!

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