First Camping Trip of 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

We were going camping last Friday, and we didn't have a tent anymore, so we had to go out and buy a new one on Wednesday after the kindergarten graduation. We have a little four-person tent, but those things never fit as many people as they say, plus there are 5 of us, so we splurged on a nice dome tent with a vestibule that we hope will last us for the next 10 -15 years. We used it this weekend and it truly fits 5 comfortably and the vestibule was really handy for keeping the tent clean as well as keeping our clothes in the tent but not underfoot.

The vestibule can be set up with an awning, or the fly can be rolled back so the vestibule's fully exposed, or the fly can be brought right down to the ground for complete protection from rain.
We arrived at the campsite around 7:00 on Friday. We had already set up the tent in the basement, just to make sure everything worked properly and to get an idea of how big it is. It's huge, by the way, and at 27 pounds, it'll definitely only be for car camping trips.

It rained quite a bit on Saturday, but the fly goes down right to the ground, and the floor was dry inside, even if our sleeping bags and pillows were a little damp due to the humidity in the air.

We also ended up in town on Saturday to buy a new sleeping bag for DH since his zipper broke. I ended up buying a double sleeping bag that also separates in two singles. I thought it might be hard to find two compatible sleeping bags otherwise.
We had a great time, and the kids didn't want to leave. We went for a walk after supper on Saturday, and explored the multiple beaches at the campground. We found a great play structure and played for a while, then headed back for a campfire and s'mores. The kids were in bed before 10 both nights, so the adults had time to hang out by the fire for a bit. We left on Sunday in time to get home, throw on some laundry and make it to soccer practice for 6:30.

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