Camping Disasters – Throw The Tent In The Fire And Abandon Camp

You know those amazing impromptu getaways that leave you wanting more? Those fun filled camping trips with the most breathtaking scenery? Or how about those spectacular locations where the weather is just right to sit around the fire and have a few cold ones? They are great, but this is not one of them!

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This camping trip was far from enjoyable. Barely pleasant, actually you know what? It was not even close to pleasant. It was horrid. It is the type of experience that I suspect results in abandoned camping chairs and tents when you are pulling into a campground. We have always laughed when seeing the discarded equipment, camping clearly wasn’t for them. Maybe it was their first attempt and had an epically shit time.

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The temperatures have consistently been in the 40’s for the past two weeks so that should have been indication #1 that this was not the best idea we have had. However as we recently bought a camper trailer, we wanted to use it! So we ignored our better judgement and packed up the trailer and loaded the kids into the car. Woo finally we could go camping again.

That was until we got there and started to set up camp. We told ourselves we only had sweat pissing out of us because we were setting up the tent, but we were kidding ourselves. It was just fucking hot! Dry and still with not a breeze to be had.

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Up next was lighting a campfire and in hindsight, we probably could have done with just a small one but old habits die hard and we ended up with a roaring fire. Any other day it would have been perfect but the amount of heat it was putting out was just too much to enjoy. Don’t get me wrong though, we still enjoyed a few drinks around the fire in an attempt to cool down and refresh our sticky, sweat covered bodies but it wasn’t as enjoyable as it should have been.

READ MORE: How to light a campfire.

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Calling it a day

Calling it a day came earlier than usual due to the heat standing strong. We put the fire out and made our way to bed. ‘What the fuck is that?’ Caleb exclaimed. The lantern got switched on for us to discover that ants had made a nest under his pillow and were crawling ALL over our bed. Because being hot and sticky wasn’t enough, let’s add some ants crawling all over us. We stripped the sheets off the mattress and doused the bed in fly spray and soon enough there was some relief; from the ants at least.

Camping doesn’t always go to plan and in this case our love for it was tested. While our spirits have not been broken, we will from here on out, be more realistic and not as optimistic that the weather will suddenly cool down and offer a slight breeze. Nature you won this round!

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Embracing everything Australia has to offer with their four kids in tow, Kell and Caleb jump at the chance to explore new destinations as often as possible.

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5 Comments

  1. Michelle (inthegoodbooksblog)
    06/02/2017 / 11:09 am

    I’ve only been camping once, although my husband loves it and the kids all had a great time. It was just waaay yo cold for me at nights, I was shaking and shivering and couldn’t sleep! I didn’t enjoy it but I wouldn’t mind trying it again in the warmer months.

  2. 06/02/2017 / 7:22 pm

    We camped out with our friends over the holidays and lots of disasters were averted because they went on Friday while we followed on Saturday. We brought things that they left behind and it was a good trip overall. We sort of saved each other’s as*. We borrowed things from them and they borrowed from us. haha!

  3. 06/02/2017 / 10:52 pm

    Oh goodness! My husband wants to get me camping but I am not overly keen although the kids absolutely love it! I would be so annoyed about the ants!! And the weather, seriously it has been so hot!

  4. 07/02/2017 / 9:21 pm

    This post made me laugh well because camping is so much like that! It can go from
    great to utter crap very quickly!!! Lucky we love it!

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