My brother Chad is always up for adventures, especially if they involve the outdoors. This Christmas break he was home from BYU for a couple of weeks and I got the itching to go camping.
- It's December (cold and rainy)
- Neither one of us owns a tent (we usually sleep in hammocks)
- The only day we can do it puts us getting home on my anniversary
But when you have such an incredible idea, like camping in the wet Oregon winter, things always seem to work out.
- Bring lots of clothes, some of which are waterproof
- Borrow a stunningly-expensive-and-totally-worth-it tent from my buddy Tim
- Have an amazing wife
So the camping trip went like this: we left early one morning and didn't have any rain as we hiked in. We stopped to see a gorgeous waterfall that was bursting at the seams from all of the rain that we have had recently. The mist coming off of the waterfall soaked us both immediately, luckily we were wearing waterproof jackets and pants. (Chad in his genius took the picture
through a plastic bag so his camera wouldn't be ruined, I think it adds a nice hazy effect)
We tromped around the woods for a while as we looked for a suitable spot to put up a tent. When the rain began to fall we decided that we probably had the best spot in the forest and quickly set up camp.
We enjoyed making the place rather homey, including a kitchen and drying rack for our clothes. That took a whole hour, then we had nothing to do... and it was raining. But we were already wet so we took off hiking on some nearby trails for a few hours. We came back before it got dark and had dinner (beef stew, stuffing, and top ramen). Chad forgot to pack a spoon so he had to carve one from a tree.
Then we climbed into the tent for the night. It was 4pm. We stayed there until 8AM when the sun came out and had the most boring and longest night of my life. We played THREE FULL games of phase ten, talked for what seemed like forever and eventually nodded off around 9pm, only to wake up every couple hours to realize that we were both very uncomfortable.
The next morning we packed up and came directly home.
- Eureka makes some great expedition tents, we stayed warm and incredibly dry all night
- When it says "two man tent" it means two people and NOTHING else
- Camping in the rain is not much fun, especially when it gets dark at 4pm
- I have a great brother who will do ridiculous things with me, and a wonderful wife who lets me do them