Oh, right… camping can be fun


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This article was published 16/07/2019 (1301 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

I’ve never really been what you might call “outdoorsy”.

Even as a child, I would rather hide away in a quiet corner of the house with my nose in a book than play outside. When it comes to camping, I’ve jokingly said that I’d have no problem at all sleeping in a tent — as long as it was located inside a four-star hotel suite.

So, when a good friend of mine recently invited my daughter and me to join her and her daughter for a night of camping at Falcon Lake, I was hesitant at first.

On one hand, I hadn’t seen Jen for several months and loved the idea of spending time with her. As an added bonus, our daughters get along quite well together.

On the other hand, I didn’t relish the idea of no internet access, no coffee maker, and — horror of horrors — having to run across the campground to use a shared toilet facility every time nature called.

We packed up an overnight bag, lots of sunscreen and snacks, and headed off.

Even though it rained most of the first day, Jen and I spent a very pleasant afternoon together sitting under the awning of her camper as we worked on our respective craft projects. As we did so, I realized that I couldn’t even remember the last time I had really listened to rainfall. I had forgotten how calming and meditative the sound was. It was like I could actually feel the stress washing away.

Once in a while, Jen’s “neighbours” would stop by to chat. Other kids would just show up and play alongside our daughters as if they’d known each other their whole lives.

No one seemed to care if you walked around in your slippers and pyjamas. No one seemed upset that they couldn’t find a wifi connection or that they weren’t sipping an iced espresso vanilla latte. It was like we were in the middle of the friendliest, most relaxed neighbourhood on the planet.

No wonder people loving camping so much.

To be fair, since Jen’s camper is a 30-foot, air-conditioned fifth wheel,s o you could reasonably argue that my camping experience was pretty close to a four-star suite. But, as this was my first camping experience in decades, it was a good start.

Maybe next year I’ll try sleeping in a tent.

Heather Innis is a community correspondent for Windsor Park. You can contact her at htiede@gmail.com

Heather Innis

Heather Innis
Windsor Park community correspondent

Heather Innis is a community correspondent for Windsor Park.

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