Monday, May 18, 2015
A One Night Stand
You have decided to go for a lengthy bike ride and then camp out overnight. Living in the city, there are still places where one can set up a tent and enjoy the camping experience without leaving the city limits.
I found just a place this afternoon and it offered me everything I require in a camping place. Privacy is important and this spot was near a fence that would separate me from others. Some of that separation came from the plentiful trees on the property. Only the evergreens had any substantial growth on their branches with this still being a cold spring.
There was a perfectly flat spot to pitch the tent. I dutifully laid down on the ground first to feel if I wanted to sleep there. I had learned this from reading Ray Jardine's book (I first heard of his ultra lightweight camping methods in the movie and book "Wild") and it made perfect sense. Why I had not been doing this for the last ten summers of camping? Making a grass angel?
Not far from the tent was a building that housed the washrooms, showers and facilities for washing up dishes. There would be no stinky pit toilet to contend with. Near the tent - but not too close was the firepit. I hadn't planned on cooking over the fire but a blaze is always a cheery companion. My joy increased when I saw that there was a plentiful supply of firewood.
After sundown, I bunked down in my tent and tried out my new Lamina 20 sleeping bag which is rated for 7 degrees. By 2 am it was only 1 degree. I couldn't take the cold anymore so I got up and went into the building with all the facilities and climbed into my own bed.