Thursday, August 13, 2009

Going On A Lion Hunt

I did it. I achieved a minor milestone that I have been itching to torture myself experience. I am proud to say that I survived without losing my cool, no yelling and managed to come out with minimal bites from the ferocious beasts otherwise known as mosquitos. Upon a whim, we decided to camp in the wilds of the jungle local provincial park located 15 minutes from my front door.

And to add to the overall experience, we had to stalk all campers within the campsite in hopes that someone would vacate a site pad. Luckily for us, we found some friendly fellow campers who decided to pull up stakes due to the weather warning of thunderstorms and rain for the latter part of the day. I must commend them as well for they didn't appear bothered much as we helped throw load stuff into their vehicles in an effort to speed up their departure time. But, should you be thinking that I am slightly neurotic (which I am), there were others just like me stalking the site and stewing in envy that I got to these friendly fellow campers first.

Being the true girl scout that I am, I came prepared with my tent in the event that I needed to stake my claim immediately. The friendly fellow campers hadn't even closed their vehicle doors before I began to set up my tent. Truth be told though, I figured that I needed as much time as possible to set my abode up for the night as it was a new tent that has only been used once – in my backyard a few weeks prior. In true competitive spirit, I set out to beat my previous time of 2 hours to set this fine establishment up. Armed with a rock, no instructions and kiddy hands rooting through everything, I managed to erect our mansion within 45 minutes. Giving myself a pat on the back and doing a jig in celebration with the kids, we jumped back into our vehicle, hunted down the park ranger and paid our fee. Then it was back home for us to pack up food, blankets and all other necessities needed for roughing it in the wild.

Three hours later, we returned to our little jungle haven and immediately emmersed ourselves in the experience of living with Mother Nature. Armed with sticks we battled many a squirrel lion, hunted and cooked our food over a portable BBQ roasting pit fire and taught the kids to pee in the bush bond with Earth. We even managed to use our vivid imaginations and sing campfire songs over a citronella candle and lantern as campfires were not permitted due to a province wide ban. Before long, the sun had set and it was off to bed, nestled all cozy within our airbed and sleeping bags pine needles and sheltered from the gentle rain within our tent lean-to.

Truthfully, it was a great experience and one that I would gladly do again (with the help of a few beers or wine). The kids were fabulous and used their active imaginations to ensure that our experience was fun, filled with laughter yet educational (to Mommy anyways).




The kids, with a fellow camping friend, searching in the jungle for the ferocious lion (squirrel) within the bush.
Gourmet cooking at its finest: hot dogs.

The morning after: getting a thumbs up is a good thing .....

7 comments:

christie said...

Hahahaha
You have a door mat in front of your tent! Priceless.......

Allie said...

Yep - and the doormat says GO AWAY

I brought the doormat because I thought that it would help keep the dirt out of the tent ....

I know ... big surprise there.

Jenn said...

Looks like fun. Mothers are amazing. We can do all kinds of things.

Jenn

Amber said...

May I recommend the fat-free hot dogs.

Or not.

Jamie will never let me live it down that I brought those on our first campout. No lie: when we roasted them over the campfire they turned gray.

Goofball said...

it looks like sooooooo much fun! Wow, I'm jealous. Seriously I am. Next time we meet, we must go camping too.

Ellen said...

lol.. fun.. we went camping I mean tenting too! Although not with near as much imagination :) it was SO incredibly dirty (loose, powdery, ashy dirt that was hard to wash off) that it wasn't quite as much fun.. but we enjoyed it never-the-less.. it's one of those things that all kids need to experience at least once!! way to go super mom!! BTW I love those cinnemon buns in the back of your van :) yummy :)

beth - total mom haircut said...

This sounds like so much fun. I've been thinking we'd do something similar this fall because mommy don't do heat so well:) I love the thumbs up in the PJs!