Our family went tent camping this weekend and it turned out to be quite an adventure! Although I camped a lot in college, it's been 20 years since I last pitched a tent. My husband hadn't been camping since his youth and DJ's knowledge of camping began and ended with the Daniel Tiger episode, "Backyard Camping". But our local homeschool club planned a group camp outing for this weekend and we signed up back in August to attend.
Of course no one knew until last week that is was going to rain and despite the forecast of rain, we did not know it would rain all.weekend.long!! In the Pacific Northwest we're used to light rain showers that come and go throughout the day, not the pouring deluge that we experienced this weekend.
But still we braved the trip and are so happy we did. The campground was on the Pacific Ocean on the tip of the Olympic Peninsula. It was beautiful. DJ, in particular, had an awesome time! He headed out on his bike with his rain coat and boots while we set up camp. I didn't get any pictures the first night because I couldn't risk getting my iPhone wet.
We had purchased a new tent for this adventure and as we were ready to put it up in the downpour, we couldn't find the instructions. And of course we had no internet or cell service so Google wasn't going help us. We decided to just wing it and I was thrilled that my college experience came back and the tent went up without a hitch. We finally found the instructions in the bag of tent stakes. The last place we'd ever look!
We then met up with the rest of the homeschool group for a potluck dinner. Eight of the 11 families that had signed up for the weekend gathered in the sogginess. Pacific Northwesterners are hardcore! DJ was thrilled to play with all the kids, although he was the youngest.