Day 3188 – Is It Time To Camp Yet? – or – The First Camping Trip Of The Year – or – The Gaitans Versus Nature – repost

I posted this two years ago today. I can’t wait to camp this year but this was a good reminder to wait until you know the weather to book a local camping trip. 🙂

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Originally posted 4/3/16
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A month ago, we booked a camping trip for opening weekend at our favorite campground down the street from our home. It was also the last weekend of Bret’s spring break. It was a perfect plan! We got a little nervous as the day approached when we looked at the weather, but knew if we could just get the tent set up before the rain, we’d be fine. It was spotty rain. No worries. As we packed up the car, we started to sweat…it was pretty warm on Friday! “This is great! What great weather!” When we drove over, only 30 minutes after check-in, the weather was absolutely beautiful. We got the tent up, bought our firewood and settled in for reading, chatting and fire watching. It was magical.

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A few hours later, the storm started rolling in. Would the storm foil all our plans???

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Thankfully, it wasn’t much rain, and it was just beautiful. We had a thunderstorm looking one way, a rainbow another and a beautiful sunset the other way.

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We put our dinner on the fire and then….the rain….

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We huddled in the tent and checked our dinner periodically. Our favorite camping meal are these amazing apple chicken sausages roasted on tin foil over the fire. Mmmmm, SO good. Sadly, nature won this round. Our sausages while somewhat tasty, were missing the crispy, roasted taste.

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We slept well in our little home. The soft, morning rain was a delightful way to wake up. Thank you nature!

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But what if nature tries to foil our plans again?

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Nahhhh, this is going to be a great day!

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As the day winded down, we cooked our dinner. These sausages cooked completely. Take that nature!

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Here is where I will say, don’t mess with nature. The forecast was calling for cold temperatures (there was a freeze warning) and wind (there was a wind warning). It called for about mid 30’s and a 24 mph wind. We thought, hey, let’s try it! But we’ll pack up everything but the tent in case we need to make a quick getaway. We were in the habit of packing up everything because of the rain anyways. We had just put out the fire, packed up and locked the car, about to settle into reading and going to sleep in the tent. It was pretty much one of those things straight from the movies where you zip the tent closed and the wind starts to howl. We look at each other with trepidation….”well?”….I decided to put some of the extra books in the car and get a feel for the situation. I stood outside looking at the branches swaying, listening for things falling and weighing options. Bret joined me and after a big gust, we decided to call it. In about 15 minutes we had quickly cleaned up our tent. Shoving things anywhere. We had an armful of wood left (you have to purchase wood there, you can’t bring in your own) and decided to drive around and see if anyone was up who wanted it. We found a group and they were very appreciative…even offered us sodas and hot dogs….if we weren’t fearing for our lives, we may have made new friends. We shouted off a “nah, we’re right down the road!” thank you and continued our escape.

Nature was not in the mood to let us go. As we turned a corner, we saw that our path was completely blocked! I put the car in park as Bret charged in to do battle. He hefted the branch (the width of his arm no less) to the side of the road, protecting fellow humans in the fight. He gave it a further toss for good measure. We slowly continued our journey through the minefield that the road was becoming. Branches fallen, sticks, rocks, thorns (not cool Robert Frost!) As we neared the exit and main road, we breathed a little easier. We merged on to the main road and started the long commute home…

*5 minutes later*

We safely park at home and start to carry things inside. In a last ditch effort, nature threw all the wind and rain it could as we unloaded. Not wanting to feel as though we wasted our money, we continued our camping trip.

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We even had a fire all night, right next to our tent.

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It sure was nice waking up in the great outdoors warm living room and having a cup of coffee by the fire laptop.

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Day 3075 – International Mountain Day

To celebrate this fun day, I’m sharing a few of my favorite mountains! Where is your favorite mountain?

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Day 2544 – Road Trip Part 5 – Yellowstone to Jenny Lake

Our last leg of the journey to California was through Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. I’m so glad we decided to take the slightly longer way to Yellowstone through Montana. Such a beautiful state! And sooooo friendly and trusting. The first gas station we visited let us PUMP FIRST and then pay! WHAT?! We’ve traveled through a LOT of states and we’ve NEVER experienced that.

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We actually used maps this trip!

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Yellowstone was such a great stop!

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Then we stopped to see Old Faithful. I have the sunburn to prove the wait! Old Faithful kept giving us little teases like it was about to go off, but nope! It was really neat to see it!

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Next we drove through the Grand Tetons. This was my favorite part of the trip. Such an amazingly beautiful place. Wow.

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The place I was most looking forward to seeing was Jenny Lake. See, I was partially named after Jenny Lake. At first, my parents were going to just name me Jenny, but thanks to my mom and my grandmother, they decided I needed a more formal name. Thus, Jennilyn was created. Sadly, I was not the first, but I was at the beginning of a lot of them! I love my name. 🙂

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And here I am crossing the Sierra’s, almost to Bret’s family in Cali. 🙂

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Day 2458 – The First Camping Trip Of The Year – or – The Gaitans Versus Nature

A month ago, we booked a camping trip for opening weekend at our favorite campground down the street from our home. It was also the last weekend of Bret’s spring break. It was a perfect plan! We got a little nervous as the day approached when we looked at the weather, but knew if we could just get the tent set up before the rain, we’d be fine. It was spotty rain. No worries. As we packed up the car, we started to sweat…it was pretty warm on Friday! “This is great! What great weather!” When we drove over, only 30 minutes after check-in, the weather was absolutely beautiful. We got the tent up, bought our firewood and settled in for reading, chatting and fire watching. It was magical.

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A few hours later, the storm started rolling in. Would the storm foil all our plans???

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Thankfully, it wasn’t much rain, and it was just beautiful. We had a thunderstorm looking one way, a rainbow another and a beautiful sunset the other way.

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We put our dinner on the fire and then….the rain….

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We huddled in the tent and checked our dinner periodically. Our favorite camping meal are these amazing apple chicken sausages roasted on tin foil over the fire. Mmmmm, SO good. Sadly, nature won this round. Our sausages while somewhat tasty, were missing the crispy, roasted taste.

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We slept well in our little home. The soft, morning rain was a delightful way to wake up. Thank you nature!

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But what if nature tries to foil our plans again?

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Nahhhh, this is going to be a great day!

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As the day winded down, we cooked our dinner. These sausages cooked completely. Take that nature!

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Here is where I will say, don’t mess with nature. The forecast was calling for cold temperatures (there was a freeze warning) and wind (there was a wind warning). It called for about mid 30’s and a 24 mph wind. We thought, hey, let’s try it! But we’ll pack up everything but the tent in case we need to make a quick getaway. We were in the habit of packing up everything because of the rain anyways. We had just put out the fire, packed up and locked the car, about to settle into reading and going to sleep in the tent. It was pretty much one of those things straight from the movies where you zip the tent closed and the wind starts to howl. We look at each other with trepidation….”well?”….I decided to put some of the extra books in the car and get a feel for the situation. I stood outside looking at the branches swaying, listening for things falling and weighing options. Bret joined me and after a big gust, we decided to call it. In about 15 minutes we had quickly cleaned up our tent. Shoving things anywhere. We had an armful of wood left (you have to purchase wood there, you can’t bring in your own) and decided to drive around and see if anyone was up who wanted it. We found a group and they were very appreciative…even offered us sodas and hot dogs….if we weren’t fearing for our lives, we may have made new friends. We shouted off a “nah, we’re right down the road!” thank you and continued our escape.

Nature was not in the mood to let us go. As we turned a corner, we saw that our path was completely blocked! I put the car in park as Bret charged in to do battle. He hefted the branch (the width of his arm no less) to the side of the road, protecting fellow humans in the fight. He gave it a further toss for good measure. We slowly continued our journey through the minefield that the road was becoming. Branches fallen, sticks, rocks, thorns (not cool Robert Frost!) As we neared the exit and main road, we breathed a little easier. We merged on to the main road and started the long commute home…

*5 minutes later*

We safely park at home and start to carry things inside. In a last ditch effort, nature threw all the wind and rain it could as we unloaded. Not wanting to feel as though we wasted our money, we continued our camping trip.

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We even had a fire all night, right next to our tent.

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It sure was nice waking up in the great outdoors warm living room and having a cup of coffee by the fire laptop.

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Day 2365 – What A Great Year

In January…

I danced for snow…

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Bret attempted a world record…

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In February…

We celebrated our “met ya” anniversary in style…

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In March…

We took a trip to see Bret’s cousin wrestle…

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I fulfilled my life long dream of being Darth Jennilyn…

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In April…

We moved into a new home…

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In May…

We photographed our last wedding…

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We FINALLY saw Thrice together…

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In June…

We found an amazing Mexican restaurant near our home…

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I completed my 1000th puzzle…

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In July…

We visited California…

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In August…

We went skydiving…

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We went on a safari…

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Saw the Natural Bridge…

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Went parasailing…

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Saw Stonehenge Foamhendge…

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Went for a ride in a plane…

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In September…

I made a pie…

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I celebrated a year of sobriety…

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In October…

I was Bret…

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In November…

I celebrated a year of working for the amazing Robin Shotola

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I said goodbye to getting anything done…

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In December…

I met R2D2…

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Got to ride in a 2015 Mustang…

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And got to visit Bret’s family…

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