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I had been driving around with our tent and stuff in the back of my car since we returned from Kansas last weekend. I figured Victoria and I could squeeze a camping trip in before I had to put it away. On Saturday, we stopped by werewulf's so that she could instruct whimmydiddle and I in The Way of the Tarp. Then we found the Columbia PO and headed to Cunningham Falls. Just as we approached the park, it started to rain. Our main goal in camping was to sit and poke sticks at a fire; rain was unwelcome. I suggested to Victoria that we continue driving north until the rain stopped. We turned around a few exits past Gettysburg. It was still raining, but you could tell it wasn't going to last.

We set up the tent on a gravel pad. It was ugly, but level. There were quite a few camps set up, maybe twenty, which was fine. The few times I have camped with absolutely no neighbors felt creepy to me. We gathered wood. We made a fire. We toasted hot dogs and marshmallows. We poked sticks at the fire. We went to sleep as the traffic roared along Rte 15 and thousands of acorns rained down. At least every second you'd hear one plop--it seemed dangerous to be wandering about bareheaded, but Victoria was only hit once. Still, if the person who decided to call Autumn "Fall" had lived here, it would have ended up "Pelt" instead.

In the morning we built another mighty fire and cooked bacon and eggs. With marshmallows for dessert. The visitors' center was closed, but some of the birds in the aviary were in their outdoor areas, so we admired them and then walked the Catoctin Furnace trail, which was fun but short. Victoria played at the playground while I read, then it started raining and we bolted. We stopped in Frederick for gas and drinks and were home by the afternoon. The bonus at the end of a camping trip is how great your bed feels when you return. I am looking forward to it!


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Sep. 25th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
Great trip! I particularly like the idea of marshmallows for breakfast.
Sep. 25th, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
So, it was just you and Victoria? That's great!
Sep. 25th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
Cool. Do you have a sleeping pad I can borrow for this weekend?
Sep. 25th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
You are welcome to borrow our sleeping bags, but we don't have any pads. Where are you going this weekend?
Sep. 26th, 2006 01:38 pm (UTC)
MS Walk
Sep. 26th, 2006 01:44 pm (UTC)
I figured it out after your running post. I'm glad you're on the team; be sure to walk the plank at the pirate rest stop.

You know what I do have is my fake yoga mat. It's dense eggshell foam originally acquired to serve as a sleeping pad. I'll bring it by tomorrow and you can see if you think it will be useful.
Sep. 25th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC)
I guess I'm antisocial, but I somewhat prefer backcountry camping, where you don't see any neighbors. (Of course since we live in the east, you KNOW there have to be other campers within a mile or so, but you don't see them)
Sep. 26th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
I like the idea of being all by my lonesome; however, when I am actually there every noise is an approaching psychokiller and every silence is a more stealthy predator. Maybe if I did it more often I would become inured to terror. Being able to hear my neighbors talking--"Dammit Caitlin, if you touch the tent wall again I will beat your ass and don't think I won't do it..."--is a great comfort to me. I must be a people person.
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