That could be a really long time. I'm sure if you'd put my sister and I through that scenario when I was about fourteen and she was eleven one of us wouldn't have emerged from the tent.
With 25 though, it was easy. Beer lubricated the trip and we took advantage of the woods to be grimy and not shower. That said, I was still happy to be with him and we merrily laughed our way through the weekend.
To make the most of the Memorial Day weekend we headed to the eastern side of the Cascade Mountain range here in Washington State. Our original destintation on Mount Rainier wasn't looking very promising as the weather reports got worse and worse as we approached Saturday. The switch in locale was a bit greater than I anticipated, granted I hadn't given it much thought other than to want a place with sun.
We ended up at Osborn Bay which is part of the Steamboat Rock campgrounds. It was a small loop of approximately fifteen campsites right on Osborn Bay lake that connects to the much larger Banks Lake. The sites were plenty big for just the two of us but they were fairly close packed. When we camp on the western part of Washington there are lots of trees around that give the allusion of separation and space. Eastern washington was a desert until the Grand Coulee Dam irrigation project made farming an option there. Trees were few and far between. The surrounding area was mostly sage brush and more than once we commented how it reminded us of the trip we took to Arizona last month.
25 and I had a one night "trial" camp trip recently and did well. This time, we'd augmented our gear and planned for a longer stay with more meals. It all panned out. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. We didn't get on each others nerves, even when we were both a bit anxious about finding a site on the first day. The weather was fantastic and I've officially started my tan for the year. I got a record low six mosquito bites. I usually get that many just walking the dog at home!
|View from the parking lot of the Visitors Center|
|An arial view of the Dam to give you some comparison. It is still the fifth largest dam in the world for output and was completed in 1942.|
I suppose, if that's all I can find to complain about, I shan't complain at all. Fingers crossed that there will be time for more camping in July. June is pretty much going to be work, work, work.