It's 4:30pm on a Friday afternoon, the weekend is just an hour away, what do you do? You suggest an impromptu, no-fuss camping trip to the wifey. I like to keep Robin on her toes from time to time. Of course she keeps me on my toes way more. LOL. But when I suggested a camping trip on Friday afternoon, she was hesitant at first, but was quick to say okay after I suggested we just take bare essentials and just go for the night. Besides, what better way to start off our camping theme week, than to go camping, especially with the Super Moon in the night sky thanks to it being at perigee?
Norris Dam State Park, and when we were there earlier in the week, the bathhouse in the east campground was still closed. For Ashby, that's a HUGE deal. Once we had her squared away, the next task was to get some food for supper. We figured since we would be arriving after dark, we would just pick up some "good mood food" rather than cook supper at camp. Remember it was a low-fuss trip so every corner we could cut to spend the night under the stars we were going to cut it.
Ascend Hiker 2 backcountry tent. It fit Wifey, Me and the Beene quite nicely. With a 20% chance of rain looming, we also put the rainfly on. After the tent was up and our sleeping bags and pads inserted inside, the next task was to find wood for a fire.
The next morning we were awoke by a barking dog somewhere in the campground. Not sure who's dog it was, but that's all it did for a good 5 to 10 minutes. It was all good though. It was early and something about camping always causes us to get up early so we can enjoy the day. The sleep for me wasn't bad. Of course I can sleep in pretty much any situation and I can sleep through a tornado. Robin on the other hand didn't sleep that well. She was up every 20 minutes or so. Something about being to old to sleep on the hard ground and her head being cold until she realized she could put her sweater over it.
It didn't take us long to emerge from the tent. Within minutes we were out, and I was working on a morning fire to enjoy our coffee by. As I worked on the fire, Robin worked on the coffee. We decided that we would wait until we got home to have breakfast, as we knew we had a lot to do that day we didn't want to dawdle too long at camp. We used our backcountry MSR Pocket Rocket stove and Jetboil fuel to boil enough water for our coffee. I have to say that once we figured out the way the wind was blowing in it didn't take long to bring the water to a boil. Robin had rigged the cookware to block it. **Something else to add to the want list: Windscreen** Boiling 9 ounces took 2 minutes tops with the burner at half power.
After a couple morning shots with the camera, and our cup of coffee down, it was time to break camp, pack up the car and head on our merry way to take on the day. Besides, our bellies were screaming for sausage biscuits and they weren't going to let up until they were satisfied.
Tim and Robin