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[twitter]I have two bucket of camping gear in our garage. They are big plastic bins filled with camp stoves, dishes, utensils, propane, sleeping bags, tents, hammer, hatchets, and flashlights. If the boys and I decide we want to go camping, all I have to do is drop those two buckets in the trunk and head out the door.
It’s that easy.
Well, it’s supposed to be that easy.
Last year, with a particularly warm late spring weekend coming our way, Zacharie suggested we pack up and head out to the mountains for some smores. Really that’s what camping is about for the boys; roasting marshmallows and squishing them between chocolate and graham crackers. Sure, they like staying up late, watching Star Wars and frolicking in nature too, but really? It’s about the s’mores.
I agreed it would be fun, and dumped the two bins with everything we needed in the trunk. I even keep smores kits, breakfast cereal, and other snacks in the bins. All I had to do was fill a cooler and we were out the door.
We arrived at our campsite, set up the tent, made a fire, had our ‘smores, explored the grounds, watched Star Wars, and went to bed later than we would have if we were at home. It was the perfect camping night.
Now, when I skip the usual routine of potty, bath, and teeth, that can sometimes come back and bite me. Say, around 1 in the morning, when my son wakes up and has to go to the bathroom.
No worries, I grabbed the flashlight from the tent, unzipped the flap and pressed the flashlight button to guide our way to the outhouse.
Nothing happened. This being our first camping trip of the season, I hadn’t done a complete inventory of everything in the buckets to make sure they were in working order. This is quite reminiscent of the time I thought I forgot the tent poles, drove 3 hrs back home to get them only to find them in the bottom of a different bin in the trunk the whole time. This time the batteries in the flashlight were dead and Zacharie still had to go potty.
Being in the middle of nowhere has its privileges. By the light of a mostly full moon and we could shuffle our way to a nearby bush instead of all the way to pit toilets at the other end of the campground and Zacharie did his business.
When we got home, I did an inventory of the buckets and made some adjustments. The flashlights now have Energizer’s longest lasting alkaline batteries in them so I’m never caught with my son’s pants down in the dark, in the woods, again.
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