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Topic: Camping (07/11/05)
TITLE: A Camping We Will Go
By Nell Berry
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In the early years of our marriage, my husband Lou and I used to go fishing a lot. I would go with him on weekend trips to the Huzzah River, or the Courtois; he was a fishing nut; still is to a degree. But now he is hampered by arthritis in his hands and he has had a rough time sometimes getting the bait on the hooks and hauling in the big ones. But he still persists.
Our camping trips became vacations a few years after we had our kids. My husband, Lou even built a camping trailer, with bunks for the kids and a table that made into a bed, with a cook stove and sink and all. But most of the time we cooked outside on the Coleman burner.
I remember one year we went camping and the very first morning when we had gotten up and before breakfast, my daughter had to use the pot. We didnít have a bathroom, so we brought a pot for the kids to use. When she had finished, somehow she spilled it and it was running all over the place. I became very agitated because cleaning was a big hassle at a camping area where there were just faucets or hydrants installed in the ground every so often. So, in order to clean you had to carry the water and bring it to the trailer and it just became a huge problem. But we finally got it cleaned up and settled down.
Later on that same trip, our son, we had only two children at that time, was trying to emulate the kids of our friends who were camping along with us and he began climbing trees. Next thing we knew he fell out of the tree and landed on his stomach on a concrete piling that was placed there to stop cars from going on in that direction. He knocked the wind out of himself and it frightened me, fearing he had internal injuries or something. But later he was apparently alright. So, our campimg trip was not completely ruined.
Needless to say, I soon became disenchanted with camping and began staying home. I went only to take the kids and be with my husband in the first place. But all I did was take care of the kids and cook and wash dishes. So, it was not very enjoyable to me. I could stay home and have the conveniences of a bathroom and a large sink to wash dishes in and a good bed to sleep in. I didnít care for the outdoors that much, with the mosquitoes and other bugs. So my camping days soon came to an end.
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