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Camping – From a newbie’s perspective

May 18, 2016

Ever since my husband and I got together he has relentlessly pushed a camping trip.  My response was always an immediate NO.  There was nothing that sounded appealing about camping.  You work to set up camp.  You build a fire.  You have hot dogs and canned beans for EVERY meal.  You get hounded by bugs.  UGH!

Well I caved.  We found a campsite at Tomoka State park, set a date and and just like that, our vacation was planned.  Panic set in.  What have I gotten in to?  I began to frantically search for ways to prepare.  What to eat?  What to pack? What if it rains (we live in Florida…it is inevitable).  Sure, I had gone girl scout camping but I was nowhere near prepared to do adult camping.  The one thing I knew was I wanted to have a good time.  The idea of camping (gradually over the years) grew on me.  The whole idea of depending less on the indoor comforts and moving everything outside is kind of interesting.  I truly wondered if we could actually pull it off!

After spending hours scouring the internet, Brendan and I came up with a camping game plan!  We put together our packing list and menu.  Over the course of a few weeks we pulled everything together (thank you Amazon Prime) and by May 6, we were ready to go.

We pulled into the camp site and began unpacking.  Setting up the tent outside was a breeze.  I’m assuming part of that was because the first time we attempted to set it up it was in our living room and it was much too big for that space, so actually having the room made it so much easier.  After the tent, Brendan started the fire so we could get dinner going.  Then it was time to relax.

The next day was much of the same.  We got up, started a fire, got the coffee and breakfast burritos going.  During the afternoon of the second day we did a little exploring around Ormond Beach, which is a lovely area that we would love to visit again.  After we got our fill exploring, we came back, made another fire and had dinner.  Of course both evenings included some adult beverages because camping wouldn’t be complete without those!

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with how much fun I had.  First of all, I want to say that I don’t think the weather could have been any more perfect.  Highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s.  It was the beginning of May.  Those temperatures (and no rain) are unheard of around here for this time of year.  Secondly, food preparation was key!  I don’t think I would have been as content on the trip if I hadn’t taken the time to put together a menu and prepare all the meals ahead of time.  We hardly touched our junk food snacks we brought!  We were able to fit in a s’more or two though.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the kind of trip I want to do all the time but I am excited to start planning our next one (after the summer of course).