Warning: i realized after writing, that this post is whiny. But, not every adventure turns out to be all rainbows and butterflies. Sometimes, things just go wrong and it just isn’t fun.
I have been so eager to get the camping/kayaking/hiking/outdoor summer fun season started A couple weeks ago, I booked two nights at a campground I’d found online, near Cheboygan, right on Lake Huron. Seriously! I’m going to fall asleep tonight, in my truckbed camper, to the sound of crashing waves.
And rain. And wind LOL
I’d like to say “I’m having so much fun camping!” but honestly, the weather is crap. Low 40’s which doesn’t sound that bad, but it’s windy as hell, raining like crazy. It took me an hour to put my truck tent up, in the cold blowing rain. I broke one of the tent poles, and had to rig it up to keep it in place. I put the rain fly on sideways LOL and had to redo that. I was soaked and shivering by the time I was done. Then i realized I had left the tailgate open the whole time i was setting up, so the first foot of the inside the truckbed – and everything i had sat there – was also soaked. My 6-pack plug (so i could run a heater and keep my phone charged), soaked. My Bluetooth speaker, soaked. My cute little ceramic heater, soaked. The foot of my bed, soaked. I obviously couldn’t plug in anything that had gotten wet. So I laid it all out on a towel, then wrapped my shivering self in blankets while i waited for it to dry. An hour later, shivering uncontrollably, I had an epiphany. I could take all my wet stuff inside the cab if the truck run the truck for a while WITH HEAT! I’d be able to warm myself up, and dry some of my soaked stuff. Why did it take me an hour to remember I had an alternate source of heat?!?
So i grabbed my six pack plug, and my heater, and my phone (for something to do while i warmed up) and headed to the cab if the truck. It took a.minute to warm up but then…..heat! Oh glorious heat! I started to get feeling back in my fingers and toes LOL I stuck the plug and the heater up onto the heat vent, then sat back to relax and get warm. An hour or so later (how much gas does that waste?) everything was dry and i was toasty. So i turned off the truck and headed back to the tent. Cautiously plugged in the six-pack. Phew, no sparks, no blown fuse. Then i carefully plugged in the heater. Same thing, no sparks, no blown fuse. Then i hit the on switch and…..nothing. nada. Zip, zilch. The poor little thing was dead. Damn. Now what?
Back into the cab if the truck. I have 4 warm blankets in my bed, in the back of the truck. If i could get myself really warm, then get under those blankets before losing too much of that heat, my body would warm up the bed, and then the bed, in turn, would keep me warm for at least a little while. So that’s what I did. I sat in there with the heat full blast, until i was overheated and couldn’t take it anymore. Turning off and locking the truck, i scrambled to the back again, and got myself under the covers as quickly as I could.
And so, here I am. Actually a bit TOO warm, but i don’t want to do anything to lose that precious heat, and risk being cold again later. I know, even with 4 blankets, all that heat will slowly dissipate, naturally. I’m not about to help it along. Shivering when you’re trying to sleep is not great. I’m listening to the rain on the capper. The wind has settled and so have the waves a bit. Tomorrow, it’s not supposed to be rainy. But the wind is going to be back. So I’m trying to decide if i want to try to stick it out another not-so-fun day, just because it’s camping and I’m stubborn and i don’t want to give up or quit. Or should I just say F* it, cut my losses, pack up in the morning, and go home? Because, i love camping, but this? This is not fun.