Finally! I finally have a camping trip under my belt where I stayed for the entire allotted time!! UNFORTUNATELY, it still rained. I think I may just be cursed to be a rainy camper. Is that better? Tell me it’s better 😥
I had plenty of time to set up camp. I had my hammock with rainfly, tent, and a shelter that I put a chair under.
Campsite from the other end
Camp set up with shelter
Chair and table added
It seemed to work initially, but then I was sitting in the chair after the rain started and my head was touching the tarp. Something happened, but I don’t know what. I ended up putting a trekking pole under to hold it up (bad cell photo below). It worked well enough.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t stake my tent. There were rocks everywhere in the tent pad area. I don’t know who thought that was a good idea, but I bent a fucking stake trying to get it in. I finally gave up, threw my shit in and crossed my fingers. It stayed put, so that was good.
I was able to cook Saturday evening. I skewered some mini potatoes and onions for a side. Some asparagus to be cooked in a ceramic skillet that I bought to use instead of the mini skillet. I figure this would be better for cooking things like eggs. I didn’t want normal non-stick just because of the high temperatures I would be cooking over.
Getting ready to cook
Everything on the grill: Kielbasa, Asparagus, and a potato and mini onion skewer
Dinner is served
Just as I was finishing eating, the rain came in. I was able to hang out in my chair and in my hammock. The only problem was I always underestimate how cold it is going to be. The hammock is REALLY cold. the good news is that I really didn’t get too wet. With the hammock and the shelter so close to each other, it was really easy to move from one to the other
For breakfast, I had some extra egg salad leftover from the week. Instead of cooking, I decided to just bring that. I was afraid it would go bad before I got back. You don’t want to take any chances with eggs! The thing is, I think I prefer hot breakfasts. Now, I know. No big deal.
The next day, I did a small hike to the summit of Stone Mountain. I was warned by a friend that the rocks can get very slippery in the rain. He said not to try to hike in the rain. Since I had NO service, I had no idea what the weather was going to be. I risked it and headed out around 10am. I could see why it would be bad to get caught there in the rain.
At the summit, some idiot broke a tree branch to hang a flag, basically ruining the view. I didn’t stay there long because it pissed me off how many people saw it and said “Cool”. I went to a lower outlook that I preferred. I like sandwiches when I hike, so I hung out here and ate my sandwich.
I did see a storm coming in, so I went back the way I came instead of completing the loop. Torrential downpour started as I pulled into my campsite.
I started getting a migraine, but forgot to bring my meds with me. I accepted having to just deal when I said WTF? I can run to the store. I fumbled around trying to find a signal so I could get maps to find a place for pills. I finally got it, grabbed some Excedrin PM and hustled it back to the site before the gates locked. This marks the first time I actually left to take care of something like that. At Hanging Rock, I just kind of suffered through. Not fun and unnecessary. It was much more pleasant after taking the pills, but I didn’t feel like cooking what I had planned and it was still raining. I decided to just make some soup on the camp stove. It was tasty AND fun!
Monday was when I was leaving. My friend had texted me the forecast the day before (I had ZERO cell service except for texting) and it was supposed to rain at noon. I left 8ish to go see a waterfall. I came back and proceeded to clean up everything but the hammock. I didn’t feel like racing the rain to grill, so I had a snack instead and McDonald’s (SHAME) on the way home. Apparently the forecast changed and I could’ve cooked with no problem.
My next camping trip is coming up next weekend (since I was lazy and waited so long to write this post) and my food is going to be wildly different. There’s a short walk from the car to the camp site, so I am using it as an excuse to try some backpacking type food. That means no grill, just the camp stove, and food rehydrated with water (and some back up soups. Cause soup is awesome). I mean, why not! I want to make some food myself. It’s so much cheaper if you can. I am also buying some pre-made stuff because I’m curious. Who knows, maybe I’ll even like the oatmeal!! I’ve got to hit some REIs in the area to see what they have. I mean, I’ll have a whole weekish to prepare, I should be fine right? RIGHT?!?! 😯