Jones is a bit, umm, high maintenance. He’s been that way since day 1. I will say we’ve seen improvements every year and he’s way easier than he was when he was little, but he’s still a much more demanding child than Shoo. He also has some sensory issues and can feel microscopic rocks in his shoes, under his mattress, etc. Hence, the princess reference.
Yesterday, we went camping with his cub scout pack. It was a fun day of hiking, orienteering, skits, and s’mores by the fire. Oh, and a “man meal” – hot dogs, hamburgers, and chips. All in all, it was a well organized, fun event.
Then we went to bed. Or should I say “to foam mattress on the hard ground.” The cold hard ground. With a mattress that felt sufficient when I went to bed, but felt just like ground by the time I got up.
Notice how I didn’t mention any sleeping in there? Shoo’s head hit the pillow and we didn’t hear from him until morning. In fact, at one point in the middle of the night, I poked him to make sure he was breathing. Jones, unfortunately, was not so lucky. He had an allergy attack that took us a while to get under control. Then, I was too cold to sleep and unwilling to get even colder by getting out of my sleeping bag to find more clothes. Jones woke up cold and put on a sweatshirt, at which point I grabbed Beer Geek’s sweatshirt as well. Then he woke up hot. Then he couldn’t fall back to sleep. Then he was cold again. Then he needed to pee at 5:15am, so Beer Geek took him to the bathroom (and I had to give up his sweatshirt.) I got up at 6:15 because I’d never been able to fall back to sleep. I think I may have gotten an hour of sleep last night.
Jones? He fell back to sleep at 5:15 and slept so soundly we basically had to pull him out of the tent as I was dismantling it at 7:30, sigh.
I was planning to run 6 miles today. Between allergies, dizziness from lack of sleep, and sore hips from sleeping on the hard ground curled up in the fetal position trying to stay warm, I’m not betting on it.
On the bright side, my Merrell Barefoot Pace Gloves ROCKED as a trail shoe!
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10 thoughts on “Camping with the Princess”
Sounds like a tough night, sorry you weren't able to get any sleep. Hopefully today won't be too exhausting and you'll sleep well tonight in your comfy bed!
guess you were really roughing it!
Hate hate hate being cold when I am trying to sleep. This puts you and Beer Geek high up in the Parents of the Year competiton.
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I like camping, but that would be with a camper that had bed,table, water,refreg,stove. I use to rough it with my parents. But I told my husband no camping unless we have a camper. Now I love it. You poor girl that is a rough weekend. I hope you are able to catch up on your sleep tonight.
There's a reason I don't like camping and your experience would be it. I really do like my creature comforts.
Your camping is really the opposite of camping here in FL, where we get too hot, have sand in the bed, and have to dip ourselves in DDT to avoid bugs.Either way, camping always seems to beg the question: Is this really fun?
my kid is staring at me trying to figure out why I'm laughing at the computer… lol… shoo = my g. Jones = my c.Camping with cub scouts is NOT my thing… I make H do that. Sorry, there are some things that I just don't care to re-live from my childhood. Camping is one of them. I think, honestly, that this is the thing that prevents me from really moving into the Ultra running scene.
Had to LOL at the princess reference! Glad you all survived!
Memories of my many years as a Scouter, finally learning about things like RidgeRest mattresses and good sleeping bags. Oh well, best part of that was meeting Naomi when her son joined my Boy Scout Troop, circa 1989.