Mar 10, 2008

Winter Camping.... Again

(Feeling a bit of insomnia so what better to do than blog about the weekend?)

As if camping in the snow and cold once already this year wasn't enough, a friend and I decided we'd do it again.

Actually, he had promised his daughter she could go last time, but due to a scheduling conflict she couldn't make it. With this being the last free weekend before spring, we planned a quick 'overnight' trip so she could experience winter camping and decide if it was something she'd like.
... which she did.

I got all my gear together on Thursday night and quickly packed the car in the morning on Friday before I left for work.
After the day was through, I high-tailed to my buddy's house to unload my car and load up his so we could carpool.
He was still getting his stuff ready, but that didn't take long.

After we got our stuff in the car, his daughter had to pack her things to go (coloring book, story books, crayons, etc...). Getting her ready to go is a lot like "cat herding" so this took a while.
We got her loaded into the car, made a couple of last minute grocery and liquor store stops, and a quick bite to eat then we were on our way.

It was alreay much later than we planned on getting out, so by the time we got to the campground it was almost 10:00 p.m.
We set up the tents, got our sleeping bags unrolled and shortly after getting his daughter tucked into bed, we sat around and drank some Rum and Coke before calling a night at 12:30 in the morning.

The weather was quite a bit warmer than the last time. Around the mid-30's.

Since it had warmed up some, the snow wasn't nearly as deep as it was when we were there last time. There was still plenty of it though.
There was a lot more humidity, however, with all the melting snow. And, the wind picked up and was blowing on Saturday so that even though it was warmer, we were still chilled to the bone.
Since we only planned for an overnight trip, we didn't bring firewood.

Our trip was cut short, as off in the distance it looked like the wind was blowing in some real nasty rain clouds.

We quickly packed up our gear, then hung around the campsite playing in the snow until we took off for home.

The evening was pretty uneventful and continued to be so into Sunday.
Hotness & I pretty much didn't do anything that day other than go to Lynnwood and see Brian then drive up to Everett to see Jim.

In talking to Jim, I found out more about events that'll be taking place up in Calgary when I get up there next month, which I'm excited to tell you about.... later.
I should probably wait until they actually happen before I talk about "what could happen" and jinx it for myself.
Suffice to say, I'll be taking A LOT of pictures when I'm up there!

3 things people had to say:

Jim Muller said...

If you do much winter camping you might check out for information.

Anonymous said...

G and I stopped looking for you Saturday, but by the time we got there you were gone. Sounds like a good time. K

Anonymous said...

Looks like fun im so ready to go Camping!