Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Number 11

Go on a camping trip...

I'm not outdoors-y. Let me begin with that.

Why did I put this on my list? I knew that I wanted to be able to have a time where I did something by myself and I thought going camping would be perfect.

I had no idea when i would do this so when I woke up last Saturday (July 17) and realized I had nothing to do all day or Sunday, I decided I better go ahead and do it while I have time.

I called KOA campground in New Bern and they said they had a site available so I made a reservation and began planning my day.

I packed up my car up throughout the day and ran to Food Lion with Pat to get some food, dropped pat off, then headed to Anne Michelle's to get the tent. It was when I was on my there that the world decided to come to an end...and I am not being melodramtic (ok, maybe a little bit).

It was pouring and wind was crazy and blah blah...I ran into Anne Michelle's house to get the tent and was soaked.

I was not going to be stopped easily though and headed to New Bern. I drove through the storm and actually got on the other side of it.

I arrived at the campsite, checked in, and then decided I would try to set up my tent before the storm hit.

I did...I'm amazing, I know!

I got the tent up (by myself) in about fifteen minutes and not a second too soon. The storm went crazy and I jumped in my car.

I sat and waited out of the rain for about 45 minutes.

Once it stopped raining, I got out and finished unpacking the car.

I set out everything and was getting ready to cook dinner and started raining again. I had to pack everything up in the car again and sat again, and waited for an hour.

I was annoyed at this fact I sent a text to my dad along the lines of "It's hot and rainy and I hate camping" to which he replied "boo." He's a man of few words when it comes to texting.

When the rain finally stopped, I was soaked and sweaty and bug-spray-y (you know what I mean) so I decided to take a shower and get cleaned up before dinner.

After a nice shower (thank God for clean bathrooms) I decided to start on dinner.

It was amazing if I must say so myself. I gots me some grilled ham and cheese and some cool ranch doritos and a water and just enjoyed myself.

After dinner, I cleaned up and decided to get in the car and head into the city of New Bern.

After about an hour in town, I headed back and snuggled into my tent with my laptop (ok ok don't judge me) and watched some movies then hit the sack.

The next morning, I woke up and packed everything up and left early.

I slept better than I thought I would have but those dang birds started chirping soo loud so that woke me up too early.

After packing up, I decided to head to the beach since I was close and the weather was beautiful. I rolled down the windows and turned up the music and had quite the moment.

Camping was great and I actually had a much better time than I would have thought.

I call it my Man Vs. Wild Vs. Nature experience.

Number 11 is doneeeee


  1. this is such a great post James. I love that you're expanding your horizons. :) -Rachel

  2. Face it, you and Dad have always been "condo campers". Not a true blue camper like me. Remember dad's trenches he would dig to keep the rain away from the tent and his humongo tarp in Boone. You're a chip off the old block. And it is classic that you had rain. Love you. Mom

  3. mb would say humongo.....teehee
    i will be reaally depressed when dis blog is over....REAALLY

  4. Hey James, I finally read your blog! Very cool! I believe I may have a kite, if you need some help accomplishing #8.