I am a natural planner. I don’t just pack up things last minute and go. I can’t. I am not designed that way. And naturally, I have a dog who has a similar personality. Don’t shock us with new experiences. Let us take our time to ease into it. But when we are ready, we will jump in joy!
I was interested in camping for months before I actually made plans to try this new experience with Xena. First, we tried glamping for a couple of nights. It didn’t turn me off from the camping idea so that was good. If anything, it made me more curious. So the next in the plan was to try car camping for overnight. It’s one night, I thought we can handle one night even if all goes south.
I drove up to Big Bear Lake to meet our adventure buddies (Jen, Jack, and River) at the Serrano Campground. Jen, who has camped all her life, picked this campground because she thought I would be more comfortable at an established campground. She is thoughtful like that. I was happy with the flush toilets. I won’t lie. Jen came early and set up the place before we arrived. She even lent me a tent to try in case we don’t like camping. No need to buy gear if I am not going to use them again, right? Love her!
We set up the tent together then walked the pups to the lake for a stroll before dinner. They found a dead fish and rolled in it at the lake. Eww
Xena and I watched and learned. We absorbed every detail of the new experience with curious minds. To my surprise, Xena had no problem sleeping in a tent. She slept through the night for 9 hours! She doesn’t even do that at home! She wakes up a couple of times at night to scratch her back on the carpet. None of that nonsense! After breakfast, she went and sat in front of the tent waiting for me to open it so she can go back inside. Say what?! I was shocked and thrilled! Omg, she loves camping!! That made me love camping instantly!
Time to get a tent. We are now ready to take it to the next level. I foresee an extended camping trip. 🙂
Do you have an adventure buddy? How do you help each other on adventures?