Camping is one of those summer pass times which is the right of passage to growing up and teaching kids that the wilderness can be their playground whether it is a cool brisk jump in the lake, a long hike, or a quick climb up a tree in search of a squirrel hole. It is these little things which makes camping one of the many wonders of childhood. It keeps us youthful, forces us to disconnect from the wi-fi, and enjoy all of Mother Nature’s gifts to the world.
At the same time nature can be ugly! It can be mean! And it can be cruel! I have moments camping as I sip my tea and wonder as the rain pours outside why didn’t we just rent a cabin. As I stare blankly at the cozy, dripping, wet tent.
It’s finally when you call it a night you lay awake listening to the rain pelt down on the tent, praying it doesn’t seep through and drench everyone. It’s then as you finally fall asleep you awake to a sudden snap of a twig, and an occasional grunt. It’s always at this point when you need hop out and go to the ladies room. Do you hold it? Or do you open the tent only to discover a grizzly in your midst?
Oh! And the shower the communal showers! It’s not the people you share them with its the palm-sized spider that peaks from the shower curtain with the threat of leaping on your shoulder the moment you turn your back!
The second day you return to the same shower. It’s then the menacing beast decides to tease you. You hop in your warm shower. Pleasantly surprised the peeping tom isn’t there to watch you scrub the dirt off your feet. It’s only when to go to change your clothes you discover the little perv has been hiding in your underwear!
It’s these moments that the glory of camping wears on you. But if you are a trooper, you march through the puddles, you muster the campfire spirit, to admire the views, and remember that nature is much more than you or me. It’s in its beauty and unpredictability which will make you want to do it again!
Do you have a love/hate relationship with camping? What makes you love it or hate it?
Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/darciecameronlovesyoga