We went camping for the second time in our marriage a few weekends ago. It was an adventure to say the least! We had anticipated being able to park our car right at our campsite. When we got there we realized we had to carry all of our stuff in to our site. Fortunately, it wasn’t too far that we had to carry everything.
Camping is a lot more work than I realized. This was the first time where we were in charge of planning all of our food and remembering to bring all of the gear we needed.
There is something about eating food made over a campfire that is better than anything you eat at home. We planned to eat tinfoil dinners our first night up there. By the time we made it to the camp grounds and had our tent and everything inside it set up it was getting rather late. We got them on the fire where my brother Josh took over cooking. At one point, he stepped back towards our tent and we all heard a really deep growl. I immediately thought it was a bear. I’m not sure I have ever been more scared in my life.
I jumped up on the picnic table bench. Almost everyone else followed suit. We quickly realized that it was a raccoon. It walked towards our fire pit. Luckily, my brother in law, Riley, was able to scare it away. We were all really cautious for the rest of the night. We ended up hauling a good portion of the stuff we brought back to our car, just to be safe. Jesse carried around a marshmallow roasting stick for the rest of the night.
We settled in for the night. I had a hard time falling asleep. I kept hearing noises and I was paranoid that the raccoon would try to get into our tent. As I’m sure you can guess, the night went by without any incidents. The next morning we woke up to some paw prints on a paper towel we had left on the table.
We spent most of the day playing card games and hanging out at the edge of Jordanelle reservoir. Riley taught Ashley how to fish, and Josh and Jesse skipped rocks. I was content to just sit with my feet in the water. I loved Riley’s outfit for the day.
We ended up going back and forth to our cars more than we planned to. Note to self, next time bring a cooler for the non-refrigerated foods! Luckily, they had a cart we could use to haul stuff back and forth. We didn’t utilize it until halfway through the second day.
Riley was definitely the professional of the group. He kept pulling out some neat camping gear! One of my favorites was this little chair. He said it’s typically used when you go hiking. He brought an axe to chop up firewood, and it was one reason I felt okay about staying even though we had raccoon issues. Naturally all of the boys took turns swinging that thing around.
There may or may not have been a few instances where things were burned with hand sanitizer. I’ll just say this, I’m glad I was never invited to scout camp.
The second night we had more raccoon sightings. We found out from the park ranger that the raccoon is a regular around there. He was going back and forth between our campsite and the one next to ours. We affectionately named him Hudson.
One animal I’m glad I didn’t see was a rattlesnake. The people across from us saw a few. The snakes were right next to their tent. My brother saw one by the bathrooms. Me and snakes do not mix very well.
It was such a fun weekend hanging out with some of my favorite people! I’d go again this weekend, but I believe Jesse’s words were this has been enough camping for 6 years.