Five Questions Friday: From Mr. Basketmaker

We went camping the beginning of the week. But Lynne hurt her right hand (got x-rays and not broken thankfully) and since it’s wrapped up and she’s recuperating, I’m going to ask and answer my own questions this week.

So here it goes. 

We just got home from our first camping trip with our “new to us” camper for the first time with two dogs. We spent three days at Fall Creek Falls National Park in Tennessee. With that said, I am changing today’s five questions to “Five Camping Observations”.

Five Camping Observations

1.   First off, Lynne did a really good job booking our site without knowing the campground. But even still, camping is like playing Russian Roulette—Spin the chamber and see what neighbor you get. For us it was a yapping, ankle biter (little dog) and a fat guy (along with his wife) who wore his shirt up above his extended gut the whole time.

2.   The theory of the two dogs staying in their beds on one end of the camper did not work. It was a novel idea of Lynne’s but highly unrealistic. We ended up with us and Jackson in one small camper bed and Chance on the bench next to us.

3.  Jackson was way more popular with the campers than Chance. People commented how handsome he was and unlike Chance, Jackson just gave hugs and licks to all the children we encountered.

4.  People bring way too much crap when they go camping. Like kittens in a cage, adults with remote control vehicles, and the said neighbors I mentioned above, a microwave with a hot plate on top, plugged in, on a table, under a tarp. They were tent camping! Who brings a microwave when they are staying in a tent?

5.  Lynne can half-fill the black tank in three days. (I used the public bathrooms.)

Bonus Camping Observation:

* Buying wet camping wood wrapped in plastic with a handle is just plain wrong.

* When you walk by a neighboring camper that you have already introduced yourself to, are you obligated to say “hi” every time you walk by their camp site?


Here’s the bed section where the dogs were supposed to sleep at night. Turns out, Jackson only used it for daytime naps.