Call it â€œCabin Fever,â€ if you want, but I canâ€™t seem to shake the desire to go camping. Iâ€™m not talking about the camping where you go to a cement slab in the woods (or should I say down a road), complete with running water and a bath house. Thatâ€™s just being uncomfortable outside. I want to hike into some â€œreal woodsâ€ where no one is around and decide where I want to put the tent. Itâ€™s the idea of being like the show, â€œman v. wildâ€ There might just be a need for me to urinate on my t-shirt and wrap it around my head (letâ€™s hope not). But you get my point, I want to really go camping and hiking.
It all started when Kimberly and I received some extra money at Christmas time. So, I got to thinking. The boys are old enough (at least by spring) to take on an overnight camping trip. This is something that I have wanted to do for sometime, it just never seems to work out. So I started shopping on the web. I found some great deals and now have about half of the â€œstuffâ€ I think we need to start our expeditions. The only mistake I have made so far, is that I ordered three porcelain covered metal cups (the green or blue ones with the little white dots), but when they arrived they are smaller than an espresso cup. So they have been donated to H-Gâ€™s tea set. So the old saying is true, â€œlittle price, little cup.â€ â€“ or at least thatâ€™s my new saying. Weâ€™ll see if it takes off.
Another reason for wanting to do this is I want the boys to be apart of Cub Scouts when they get to first grade, and eventually to Boy Scouts if they are interested. It may be we have this â€œcamping tripâ€ in the Spring, and thatâ€™s it â€“ I hope not.
So I have read lots of articles on the web, I even spent an hour last week in Barnes & Nobles skimming through camping and hiking books. I even set up the tent I purchased in the basement, and have practiced packing the gear, and unpacking it again.
Now, I wait. Come on Spring.
By the way, if you know of some great spots, or where to get some good equipment let me know.