Back from our first camping trip - the good, bad & ugly

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  1. jrandtysmom

    jrandtysmom I'm not cool enough for the Tag Fairy...or maybe I

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    OK we just got back (well actually we got back Sunday but it’s taken a few days to catch up) from our first camping trip! Here is how it went:

    We first arrived and discovered that our entire site was gravel – not sure if this is normal or not with a tent but I wasn’t very excited to see this to say the least. :sad2: So I quickly got over that to try and not start the trip off badly for the boys, started unpacking ALL the crap I had managed to stuff into my car and realized that even though I thought I had packed up the entire house and brought it with us, I inadvertently forgot the hammer. Ughhhh!!! So we walked down to the little camp store hoping they sell them – instead of a hammer they had this plastic mallet thing that said it was for tent stakes – so I bought it because you know if the package says that it’s for driving the tent stakes into the ground and this particular campground happens to be carrying it – then it must work right? Wrong! It wouldn’t have drove the stakes through my marshmallows let alone into all that gravel but luckily our friendly neighbor was bored and asked if he could butt in and help. I said butt away! (Is that an etiquette thing at campgrounds – don’t help unless asked?) He had a hatchet that drove the stakes right in and I was so grateful for that man I wanted to hug him :hug: ! So finally we got the tent up and everything was great – luckily I had brought air mattresses because sleeping bags would not have cut it on that gravel. We went for a walk and checked out the campground, came back and started dinner and a fire. The rest of the night went great until bedtime when my DS4 asked where the TV was so he could watch his cartoons while he fell asleep. :rotfl: I laughed and said welcome to roughin’ it! He finally fell asleep but I think he was over the whole camping experience at that moment.

    The next day was great, we woke up and I cooked French toast on the little camp stove and we headed out to the beach for the day at Assateague Island. I had mentioned to the boys that this beach is a little different from where we normally go and that they may see wild ponies on the beach but not to feed them as they may bite. This freaked them out a little and all day they kept watching for them but we never saw any. As we went back to the campsite I noticed dark clouds rolling in and was hoping that a storm was not coming – wrong again! Over dinner it started thundering and then as it got darker, the sky started lighting up. By this time, both boys were ready to pack up and go home. I myself was a little nervous but tried not to show that to them. I laughed out loud when my DS6 came out of the tent with his blanket, gameboy and toys he had brought and put them in the car incase the tent blew away or got wet - he wanted to protect the important stuff. :laughing: Finally they settled down and fell asleep before the hard rain hit – and after all that whining and complaining - they slept right through it all. Thankfully the tent held up and nothing got wet (thank goodness for this board where I learned about waterproofing. :rolleyes1 )

    The rest of the trip was pretty uneventful. My DS4 thought that every golf cart that was parked we could take because obviously no one was using it and he really wanted to ride in one. We went to the water park they have at the campground a couple of days and the beach the rest. The boys had a blast and even said they wanted to camp again. The hardest parts for me were figuring out how to do the bath houses with just myself and 2 boys. I finally took them into the showers in the women’s but received a few dirty looks so for the rest of the week they “bathed” in the pool. :scared1: Gross I know but hey, what else was I supposed to do that wouldn’t make someone upset and they are too young to shower by themselves in the Men's. Also, dishes were another pain. Our site had water and electric but I didn’t bring a hose and the whole process was just a huge pain and my least favorite part of the experience.

    We are definately going again but the boys asked when are we getting one of those motorhomes and a golf cart for next time. :lmao:
     
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  3. ftwildernessguy

    ftwildernessguy <font color=green>I have a linen closet at home fu

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    Actually, that doesn't sound like a bad first camping experience at all.
     
  4. RvUsa

    RvUsa <font color=blue>John, the special Dis'r formerly

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    I was thinking the same thing Jim, not bad at all. I think my first tenting experience involved about 3 30+ mile trips to walmart, and almost a trip to the ER... LOL


    We love Assateague Island. Never camped there, come over to my place and review the campground if you want, I would love it.
     
  5. jrandtysmom

    jrandtysmom I'm not cool enough for the Tag Fairy...or maybe I

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    No it wasn't bad at all - mostly because I've spent so much time here reading up on it before we went. :thumbsup2 Otherwise it would've been really bad - such as the waterproofing the tent. Dumb me assumed that when you bought it, that was already done. :confused3 I had no idea you had to buy additional product to waterproof it yourself. The best parts for me were the comments the boys made.
     
  6. PolynesianPixie

    PolynesianPixie <font color=blue>Creating my own fairy tale realit

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    Welcome back, Soni! It does sound good like a good trip! I love Assateague Island! A horse stepped on my sandled foot on that beach once! Ouch! We camped on Chincoteague Island, though. It was a nice spot on the beach....but not much shade.

    It sounds like you've got the kinks worked out so next time will go a little smoother! It's very normal for campers to offer help! Accept it graciously! Maybe have an extra beer on hand to offer in exchange :laughing:

    Oh, and the shower, thing..... Do whatever works for you! Your kids are young and you gotta do what you gotta do! I'm sorry you were on the receiving end of dirty looks, but I would have taken the kids in there anyway. JMO

    That TV comment! How funny!!!!:lmao:

    Welcome home!
     
  7. BigDaddyRog

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    No kidding...thats about as successfull a camping trip as you can get....you'll always forget SOMETHING. And SOMETHING will always go somewhat wrong, but thats what makes it an adventure!!! You should be proud...you took 2 kids into unknown territory and returned without any broken bones, burns or rashes!!!! You're a natural!!!
     
  8. jrandtysmom

    jrandtysmom I'm not cool enough for the Tag Fairy...or maybe I

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    We didn't actually camp at Assateague - I was warned here that that was too primitive. We camped at Frontier Town which is right between Ocean City and Assateague. We used the beach at Assateague because I hate the parking in Ocean City. The campground at Frontier Town is great. Lots of shade - Assateague has NONE as it's all beach. I was worried about the heat but we spent all day at the beach or water park so the heat didn't bother us and at night it cooled down that it was very comfortable.
     
  9. Gatordad

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    Sounds like you had fun. Welcome back, you were missed.
     
  10. PolynesianPixie

    PolynesianPixie <font color=blue>Creating my own fairy tale realit

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    Look who's a softie!
     
  11. 2goofycampers

    2goofycampers Sounds like something a camping trip could cure!

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    Sounds like a fun after a few small bumps, 4 & 6 are still young enough for the ladies room, you got to do what you got to do.
    Did you do the dishes in the pool also? :rolleyes1
    I'm still waiting on my MH too.;)
     
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    I'm hoping to get invited to shower with the ladies next time, shhhhhhhhhh:rolleyes1
     
  13. jrandtysmom

    jrandtysmom I'm not cool enough for the Tag Fairy...or maybe I

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    Aww thanks! I missed everyone here and really think I'm weird because I all week I couldn't wait to share the experience with all of you. :yay:

    Gatordad - are you getting all sentimental on me - cuz I don't think I can handle that? :goodvibes
     
  14. 2goofycampers

    2goofycampers Sounds like something a camping trip could cure!

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    :sad2:
     
  15. Gatordad

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    no, not the gay smiley.........:goodvibes
     
  16. Us3

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    Ah, it sounds like you guys had a great time...minus the hammer and rain! You know it's a success when the boys are asking to go again! :thumbsup2
     
  17. PolynesianPixie

    PolynesianPixie <font color=blue>Creating my own fairy tale realit

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    Nope. No sentiment. Still the same 'ole Pete.


    Pete, you can only go in the ladies shower if you can pass for 6.
     
  18. Gatordad

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    6 tons?
     
  19. PolynesianPixie

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    6 years old, dear.
     
  20. jrandtysmom

    jrandtysmom I'm not cool enough for the Tag Fairy...or maybe I

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    I tried sneaking over to the pool after dark but it was closed so I was stuck washing them Donnie style. :rotfl:
     
  21. PolynesianPixie

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