You guys know that I don’t really do outside well. In fact for a long time I avoided it like the plague because, well, there were so many bugs it felt like I was in the plague. Anyway, I’m slowly trying to get myself together and to enjoy the next step up from just going outside. And that’s camping.
I know that with our great trek around the country we will spend a lot of time outside and so I need to get used to it. Sounds ridiculous because most people can’t even fathom what I’m on about, but that’s my life yo. Anyway. In light of all of this, I told Seth that I want to get out more and possibly spend more time camping this year. Before we go away.
He took me lank seriously. So when we had a night off a couple weeks ago, we literally piled almost everything we own into our car. OK, I’m exaggerating a smidge, but serious… Camping takes a whole lot more planning and packing than rocking up at a BnB.
We booked seriously last minute and just wanted to go somewhere closeish to home. What I’m saying is, we took what we could get. The great thing about camping, is that you usually just pay the price of a movie and popcorn to stay somewhere for the night. So the fact that there was quite literally nothing else to do than stare into each others eyes was allowed in this case.
But guys, wow. I hardly ever just sit and do nothing. I guess that’s a Mom thing. But I feel uncomfortable if I’m just sitting. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind sitting, but then I need to be reading. Or watching series. Or catching up on social media. But there we sat, staring out over Route 44 and the vineyards beyond. We got there around 5, popped the tent up in 5 minutes and then had loads of time to kill.
So we made GnT’s obviously.
Still not convinced that GnT’s are my thing though, so I moved to my fave wine.
It’s funny though. Once you give in to the nothing, it’s actually pretty chill. We sat dreaming up plans for our camper, chatting about the kids, wondering what it’s all going to be like.
Then it was time for supper. In my head I had envisioned like, fillet steaks and Woolies ready made salads, but apparently we were on different wave lengths that day. Seth bought peri peri chicken kebabs and smash. Yup, smash. That you mix with water to become mash…
It wasn’t all that bad though!
We watched the sun going down before curling up in our tent for the night.
I had religiously kept the tent zipped up so that we wouldn’t be bugged during the night (literally). But all our efforts were in vain. During the night we had ants all over the place. I fell asleep easily but then woke up around 2am with ants all over me. plus I thought there was a man outside the tent. Or maybe one of the pigs that we re wondering around. Either way I was scared. So I did what any rational person would do and woke Seth up and freaked out.
Turns out it was just the wind. We’d never slept in our tent in the wind before but man, it sounds like someone trying to get in! Plus with our campervan mattress we couldn’t even stretch out our legs! It was the worst sleep I’d had in ages!
In the morning coffee was SO very necessary! Buuuuut we forgot out camping mugs, so we were drinking our morning cuppa out of our wine glasses haha. People on our Insta stories thought we were hard core alcoholics!
So what this really boils down to, is that I don’t hate camping. Well not really. IF you are kitted out for it. Which means that we desperately need to get another tent – preferably one that can sleep all 5 of us comfortably.
Do you guys have one? What other camping items are your must haves?