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.
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.
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.