I just got back from my first camping trip in a tent, we went to Bryson City, NC to visit a friend who is a White Water Raft Guide. I realized that I am not cut out for tent camping, I have a new found appreciation of the 40 foot coach I will tell you the story in pictures... this should be interesting. You have been warned. I should also add that when we first decided to go, my bf insisted we tent camp and by the end, we ended up cutting our trip a day short because we couldn't take it! So i'm not the only one who prefers the fort and coach to rural NC. You know, he had been watching Man vs. Wild and thought he could be Bear Grylls we first arrived, "hmm this is pretty" Ok, I am ready to get to camp and set up our site. But wait, our friend decides to take us on a hike. He tells us it's a short hike to a top of the mountain for a beautiful site, Ok easy, cool!! the start: after 2 MILES UP A MOUNTAIN. I am out of shape (working on it) and I almost blacked out a couple times. My bf said that I am probably the only person to climb that mountain with Tiffany's and Pearl earrings. Hmm Tiffany's and Tics, LOVELY but the view was worth it! Ok wait, now that we saw the sun set, we have to go back down, IN THE DARK. Are you kidding me! Oh btw, one flashlight died so I had no flashlight! Talk about dangerous. so we get back and set up camp in the dark, here is our set up us city slickers thought we could get away without an air mattress... we also forgot chairs and a lot of other stuff so the next day the boys went rating on the Occee river... on the way back, we pass a Wal-Mart which means AIR MATTRESS then our friend decides that he wants chickens! Ugh you mean you want me to put 2 chickens in my Lexus? yep this is where our friend lives I was petrified of Tics, do you think the fort has tics? You will notice that in every picture I am wearing a hat. I really thought I was going to get Lyme disease and die. This was my tic-free zone, notice I am even wearing a hat in the tent Then we went to the Biltmore, which is AMAZING and that's it! We were suppose to leave this morning but we left yesterday morning. We both have had enough and REALLY looking forward to the fort now I don't see myself tent camping again in a while, I just don't think I am cut out for it, or the tics.