Here We Go!
What a great idea for me and my husband to take our two toddlers camping for the first time. It sounded fun and my husbands friend had all the camping items that we did not have. All we had to do was pack up our stuff, get some groceries, load up the car, hook up the boat, and be on our way, right?
We were all excited so my husband and I got off work early on Friday to get an early start out of town, the camp site was a little over two hours away. We probably should have known it was not looking so great when we didn’t get on the road until 3:30pm and we needed to make one last stop at Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart was only 15 miles away toward our destination, so the stop was not a big deal. While we were at Wal-Mart, our friends called and stated they were just about to where we were so we should wait. We put some gas in the car and aired up the trailer tires.
The road to our camping destination was two lanes the entire way which was usually no big deal, but it would be today. Ten short miles away from Wal-Mart, one of our trailer tires went flat. The tire was split and unrepairable. My husband and his buddy who had stopped with us got out to check it out. As the cars whizzed by on this two lane road, I yelled at them to put the spare on and lets go. The spare was flat, imagine that.
After driving back to the closest town, we realized we had to go the other way to the next town. In order to make it to a store before they closed, we had to drive on the rim, about 20mph down a 2 lane road with cars whizzing by. The 25 mile drive was frustrating at best.
Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart
Finally, at 6:47pm we arrived at the only tire place open, Wal-Mart. My husband ran into the Wal-Mart Tire Center and asked if they could put the tire that we had purchased in the last town (they only sold tires no service to put them on) on our spare rim. The Wal-Mart tire guy told my husband that they were about to close and had already shut everything down. My husband immediately replied “Your sign says you close at 7pm, if your not going to put this tire on, call your store manager and let’s see if he will do it”. Don’t get me wrong, we are nice people, my husband was firm but not rude. After 5 minutes, my husband was able to put the tire on and we were on our way.
We made it to our destination at about 9pm, just as the sun was going down. That night we went to sleep about 11pm on our borrowed air mattress. We woke up about 12pm as the mattress had gone flat, it had a hole. We ended up sleeping basically on the ground.
The next day was fun, we took the boat out and did some tubing. That night our friends who had let us use their tent got out a tarp to put on it since we were expecting rain. I bet you can imagine what happened next. We woke up in the middle of the night as rain poured in just about everywhere. O-well, a little soggy sleep never really hurt anyone right?
Where Is She?
At about 3am, my husband woke up to go to the bathroom. As he was about to leave the tent, he said words that made me sit up, wide-eyed, “Where’s Bella?” (our 4 year old daughter). I sat up and said are you serious? He said YES. I immediately began thinking of all those crime stories where kids are stolen. Before I could even find the flashlight, I heard my husband chuckle and say “What are you doing in there?” Bella had climbed into the suitcase and shut the lid (not zipped it of course) in an attempt to stay dry.
It Was Fun, Really!
When we woke up in the morning, the camp ground was virtually empty. The sun was out and the day looked to be the start of a great one. I could not believe that other campers got up in the rain and packed up. Why not just wait it out? We got wet but we would have been wetter packing up in the rain! Overall, it was a great first camping trip, believe it or not!