Adventures {and Misadventures} In Camping #RockYourBlog

Camping ~

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This past weekend, my friends and I decided to drive an hour into a neighboring town and go camping on a friend’s land. We had been talking about going camping for sometime now and were quite thrilled to be presented with the opportunity. So, three of my friends and I all packed into a two door eclipse and headed out on the open road. We did not print out any directions prior to leaving because my friend Nikki said she knew the way because she had been there multiple times before.

Directions. Who Needs Directions?

At first, the road trip wasn’t that bad. We had stopped early into the trip for drinks and snacks, and were headed on our way, jamming out to our favorite songs. As we got closer and closer, we noticed that Nikki seemed more and more unsure about which direction we needed to be going. Pretty soon we found ourselves on the side of the road and lost! So, Nikki called our friend and asked him how to get to his house. About thirty minutes after we headed back onto the road, we found ourselves passing the same stores over and over again. Lost and confused yet again, we pulled over once more and phoned our friend. He gave us an entirely new set of directions and once more we tried again. By this time, we were tired, hot, and hungry. And getting ill.

Ah, The Joys of “Camping”

By the time we arrived at our destination, we were four angry and restless teenagers. Sadly, this was only the beginning of our troubles. When we actually got to the guy’s house, we found out that by “land” he meant his backyard and by “camping” he meant we were going to all have a fire and then crash in his grandmother’s basement. Yay. He then saw that we were getting angry and said to cheer up because we were in for a great bonfire. Of course, that turned out to be a disappointment also because, by “bonfire” he meant that he was going to light a candle and try to start a fire and fail endlessly.

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After all the drama, we were just looking forward to sleeping, so we asked if we could go inside and put an end to this failure of a day. Only then were we to find out that his grandmother did not allow him to have guests and that we were going to have to camp in his backyard. She had no idea we were coming! When we asked where the tent was so we could pitch it and go to sleep, he said that he had assumed we would bring our own. Now, keep in mind that he had invited us all to come to his land and camp with him. Our only mistake was in trusting him. At all. Now I must clear up something so that you do not think that this is the type of people I normally associate with. No. This guy was our friend Nikki’s friend of whom she said was really great and never backed out on his word. Nice.

3 People. 1 Person Tent. This Camping Trip Just Keeps Getting Better.

Luckily, we had a 1-2 person tent in our trunk from a previous camping trip. We soon had it set up and were ready to put an end to this night, and get up in the morning and go home. Nikki told us that she was going to hang out with her friend for a while and that we could go ahead amd sleep. So, my other two friends and I crammed into the small tent and soon found ourselves sleeping heavily. When we awoke in the morning, Nikki was no where to be seen and had not returned last night. We were going to call her and tell her that we were ready to leave, but sadly our phones had all died early last night. Instead, we packed up the tent and went to go find her. We were just ready for this whole experience to end.

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When we finally found her, she was in a nice comfy guest bedroom of her friend’s house. Not only that, but we also found out that the only reason she dragged us down there was because he was not her friend, he was her boyfriend of whom she had not seen in two months. Also, we found out that she had given us directions that took us well beyond the town then back up into it. The trip took us about an hour and fifteen minute to an hour and a half when it should have taken us about thirty or forty-five minutes. Needless to say, we will not be relying on our friend with ulterior motives to find us a camping spot anymore and we will definitely not be trusting  her directions. When we got home, it could not have been soon enough.

Have You Ever Had a Bad Experience Camping?

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Comments

  1. I laughed so hard! That sounds like it could be a sit-com episode. One day you’ll look back on it and laugh. I hope!

  2. Lol. I love camping, but have never had quite that experience. My only bad camping story, is the one and only time I decided to sleep walk was while camping and I woke up in the middle of the woods. It was at a church girls camp, so thankfully for my safety they gave our group a cabin and stuck me n a top bunk well away from the door….just in case. I have also never slept walk since.

  3. You are a much better sport than I would have been! I probably would have left and went to a hotel..lol. It sounds like the fire was a big one (lol). I am sorry to hear about your camping fiasco but it does make fore a good story.

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      That fire was awesome, huh! I think that she and her friends should have just come home. I might have even left the “friend” there. Lol.

  4. Gwen H. says:

    I laughed so hard at your camping story. I have also experienced many camping misadventures. Our first camping experience it took us four hours to get the tent up. But it did get better and we ended up with lots of great memories.

  5. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    If it hadn’t happenedto you I amsure that you would have found it very funny. Nikki is not a very nice person since she misled all of you. She should have been honest and asked for your help

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      Yes, I am sure she would have. Right now Nikki isn’t my favorite of Amber’s friends. But yes, I did get a chuckle out of the story when Amber told me. I am an awesome mom. :P

  6. Wow, that sounds terrible! My bad camping experience is not quite like yours, but – we went camping all the time when I was a kid. We gave one place the nickname “The Spider Campground.” The bathrooms were literally covered floor to ceiling in spiders. The grossest experience of my life!

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      Ugh!!! I would be scared to death! That might be worse, in my opinion!

    • If I had seen a spider that night, it would have been it for me and I would have probably slept in the car. LOL
      ( I HATE spiders!!)

  7. Our only bad experiences were all weather related. The last camping trip with Scouts it was 37 degrees at night, and apparently we have one of those 3 season tents. Take a wild guess what season it isn’t prepared for! My 4 and 9 years old were troopers and didn’t seem phased, but I was up most of the night praying for daylight and making sure they were bundled up.

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      Oh no! It might sound funny to anyone who wasn’t there and just hears the story later, but I feel for you!

  8. You should see me if I see a spider!!! I would freak out!

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