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August 21, 2020

Rules of Camping

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As we sit within Murphy listening to the rumble of thunder and watch the rain pour down, I decided to skip the optimism and just write down the unwritten rules of camping:
Everything spills: forget carpeting and fabric lined walls; from your most expensive wine to your can of Ginger Ale developing a small hole in the aluminum...everything ends up where it should not linger. Purchase more paper towels than you think you could use in a year.
Delays always happen: sinks will drain slower when you are in hurry, traffic jams and other campers may incite a vague sort of road rage for camping sites that are first come first serve. Remember that National Forests will always have a place for you to park.
Someone will get sick: poop bags should be purchased in bulk. Imodium and rice should always be a camping staple
Potable water is a necessity: always travel with 3/4 tank of water because the solar pump and spigot that looks good from a distance may only deliver tea colored water. Keep your tanks topped off whenever possible.
Campfires are a bonus and not a necessity: the wood you find within the campground has probably been discarded from previous occupants due to its water content. Trying to light this wood is like trying to light a wet sponge. Campfires I remember from my youth employed dry wood from home and lots of lighter fluid.
Bad weather will occur: ensure you have raingear, games, conversations, or plenty of alcohol to pass the time.
Sand and dirt are a way of life: if you have never eaten a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without grit, consider yourself lucky. Easy access to whisk brooms and paper towels are required.
Question shortcuts: that road the GPS says will save you 10 minutes may in fact cost you a front end alignment or at least a coffee pot falling out of an upper cabinet. Never ever destroy your coffee pot. It is your small oasis of sanity in a crazy world.
Question cleanliness: if that shirt doesn't stand by itself, go ahead and wear it. Buy biodegradable soap because Covid closed many showers and lakes are bathing opportunities. Just don't bring your dog cause you will end up with more sand and dirt than you started with.
Don't believe everything the local Chamber of Commerce publishes: Madeline Island...hotbed of tourist activities or just a creative map of some tiny shops. Enjoy the ferry ride, but don't get too excited about the actual island content.
The perfect campsite is a myth: from local grumpy camp hosts, neighbors that show up at inconvenient times, not enough blocks to level, swarms of mosquitoes that block the sun, and a myriad of other problems. Enjoy the spot you got, it's only a night or 2.

Posted by LifeWithMurphy 07:11 Archived in USA

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