Is the glass half empty or half full?
Ask Tim Reynolds, the scribbler of “twisted history, fictional science, and everything in between.” He answered my Facebook request for camping details with this:
Don’t forget all of the discomfort of camping: wet sleeping bags, twigs, burned tongue from roosting marshmallows, crickets that get onto the tent and won’t shut up, the doing of a beaver soaking about at night, sounding like a monster on the shore.
He also noted:
As a kid, my backyard tent was a musty parachute silk draped over a 4-foot tree stump. Improvised, but stinky.
I like this. We romanticize camping partly because we want to “get away from it all.” But if you had to live in a tent 24/7, well, you’d long for your feather duvet pretty darn quick. So you can see why Tim won an Honourable Mention in Writers of the Future. I’m eyeballing his Houdini novella too, No Escaping the Blood. Houdini as a vampire. C’mon.
My husband, Matt Innes, had already put in his two cents:
Overflowing outhouses, uncollected garbage, drunken yahoos–that’s a smell as well as a sound–the howling of feral dogs, rain.
Oh, honey. You still make me swoon.
Our son Max is at a sleepover tonight with two of his friends. He’s the only one in our family who really loves to sleep outside. We’ll see if he makes it all night in the “cabane.” Fingers crossed!
With Matt Innes & Tim Reynolds
That’s great, Melissa! With my attitude toward camping you’d never know I used to be one of Canada’s top Scouts. 🙂 thanks for the promo, too. I owe you.
Ha! My pleasure. And I assume you earned that attitude (and Scout honours) through your years of camping. Well done, sir.
That I did. The good, the bad, and the mildewy. BTW, I just saw that you’re a fellow UWO alumnus. I used to hide in the stacks of the Med School library to get work done when the main library was busy. But I was there a little before your time. 79-84.
Sometimes it’s the bad things that happen that make it memorable. Like the time we caught a few nice bass and decided to let them live in the cooler over night and fix them in the morning only to be awaken in the night by two raccoons fishing in our cooler and eating our fish.
Great line, Tim. I really like your Canada Day post, too. http://thetaooftim.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/yo-canada/ I was in elementary school when you were at the UWO med school library. Weird, huh?
Lizz, the same thing happened to my family in Calabogie. Hungry racoons!
Now you’re just trying to make me feel old, Melissa! BTW, my family is from the Cornwall area, as far west as Prescott. That Canada Day post is one of my favourites.
Yes, camping is ALWAYS fun. Especially in retrospect.
Like Drummond says, retrospective camping is best. 🙂
Tim Reynolds, I was actually trying to be tactful while honest about “a bit before my time.” I guess that’s why people call me blunt. Sorry! If you don’t hold grudges, come visit if you have any family bringing you back out this way.