|See - I can be flexible on vacation!|
1. Don't you want to know how it feels to sleep under the stars and wake up at dawn to birds chirping?
Answer: Since I will not actually "fall asleep" due to my all-consuming, irrational fear of being eaten by a bear or another sizable creature, the question does not apply to me. Also, if I really wanted to 'sleep with one eye open' under the stars, I could always sprawl out on my lawn furniture in the safety of my deck, look up for approximately 5 minutes or less, depending on my attention span at that moment, and then when I snap out of it, I can trudge back in the house with my blankie and crawl in my own damn bed. As far as morning goes - I don't tolerate being awake long without my morning coffee. So if I have to get up at 4 am, chop wood, build a new fire, boil my water and make Nescafe for everyone else while they sleep in - so they can enjoy their java when they wake with the sunrise - no thanks, I'll pass. There are too many sharp objects and rogue sticks and branches for me to be stabby around those I love. I don't buy the Raisin Bran commercial of John Denver smiling into his bowl of cereal while his dog sits by and watches peacefully. Not buying or believing that craziness. And for the record, sunshine on my shoulders (while camping), makes me stabby.
|(denverpost.com) The only Rocky Mountain High I'm going to get from camping is if someone throws some pot in the fire and I inhale it while choking down s'mores.|
2. You'll be so tired from the hiking trails, swimming, and setting up camp that you'll fall right to sleep! Hello. Have we met? A. I don't 'own' hiking-friendly shoes. B. I hate bugs. C. Swimming in a pool of Canadian Geese- poop- tainted water, thus resulting in a bad case of duck itch later on, is not something that will help me 'peacefully' fall asleep from fatigue. I will be suffering there in my sleeping bag, in the crunchy dirt -made earthen mattress, fantasizing about Benadryl while scratching my skin off from my skin that is now the parasites' home. So to counter your argument - my point is no - no way in hell will I be tired from hiking, swimming, swatting mosquitoes, and struggling to find a comfortable spot for my sleeping bag. In the crazy, rare event that I would be so exhausted from the terrors of the outdoors, I can just imagine me falling asleep with a leftover s'more in my hand, inviting a raccoon to attack in the middle of my slumber and all I can find to poke him with is a plastic spork left over from dinner. You never hear about death by sporking now do you? Raccoon - 1, DG - 0. No. I will be angry and aggravated, grouchy, bitchy and humorless. And like Bruce Banner (Hulk), you wouldn't like it when I'm angry.
3. But don't you want a break from the Blogworld, Facebook, Social Media, Computers, News, the World? I am a blogger. Taking away my laptop is like pulling the couch out from under me while I'm in session with my shrink. I resent the implication that I spend too much time in Cyberspace. And for your information, being in cyberspace is like 'sleeping under the stars' for me. So ...next question.
4. But you'll be in a tent - you'll be fine. Let me start my argument to this statement with some information on tents.
Tent fabric may be made of many materials including cotton (canvas), nylon, felt and polyester. Cotton absorbs water, so it can become very heavy when wet, but the associated swelling tends to block any minute holes so that wet cotton is more waterproof than dry cotton. Cotton tents were often treated with paraffin to enhance water resistance. Nylon and polyester are much lighter than cotton and do not absorb much water; with suitable coatings they can be very waterproof, but they tend to deteriorate over time due to a slow chemical breakdown caused by ultraviolet light. The most common treatments to make fabric waterproof are silicone impregnation or polyurethane coating. Since stitching makes tiny holes in a fabric seams are often sealed or taped to block these holes and maintain waterproofing, though in practice a carefully sewn seam can be waterproof. (wikipedia)So there you have it. A lightweight raincoat is with a few poles held in the ground by a stake that you hammer in with a rock because someone inevitably forgets a hammer, is going to protect me from creatures lurking in the woods. False. It is like the wrapper on a candy bar for a bear. So lightweight and airy that they can bite right into it and not mind the chewy outer layer of a delicious snack that is my leg. Na-ganna-happen.
5. Don't you want a change of scenery to get refreshed and just breathe and take in the beauty of nature? If you mean 'don't you want to give up your king sized comfy luscious bed with 500 thread count sheets in your cool, dry, bug free, incredibly well-built home made of structured walls around you and 3 different beautiful, well-operating bathrooms complete with hot running water, sinks, and outlets for your flat iron? Then No. No I do not want to give any of that up to breathe in the beauty of nature. That is why I have a rose garden on the side of my house. I can go outside - stop...and smell my roses. Then I can go back INSIDE my home and carry on with my day. See. I'm outdoorsy in that I enjoy the flowers in my yard. Win/Win.
6. It would be so much fun you wouldn't even know you were camping. Add the alcoholic drinks and you'll be laughing in no time. Ok so let me understand. Your intent is to get me so tipsy that I won't be upset that there is NO bathroom - that I'll revert to some type of Cavewoman status and feel free to just drop trou anywhere and relieve myself and my weak, underachieving bladder that is damaged from 3 children? So I'm supposed to be excited about the fact that I can have the adventure of wandering in the woods every half an hour to find a safe place to pee while I run into the Charmin bear - so friendly and kind - just waiting for me with toilet paper in my time of need? Nein danke. No. Nicht. Oxi. Nei. Nan. Non. Hells no.
|A bear in the woods does not want to help me wipe my ass by providing soft toilet paper like the Charmin bear here. He wants to take a bite out of my ass. So thank you very much - I'm going to say no. http://www.charmin.com/|
7. Camping is like an art. As long as you are prepared, it is a beautiful experience. If I'm hearing this right, there is some skill involved. Like art. Art requires skill. I am a terrible artist who can barely draw a stick figure - so once again, I fall short in the talent that is needed to camp. And what do you mean by 'prepared?' Prepared to me, means bringing along everything - including the kitchen sink, a garage, an mosquito zapper, a taser gun, a stereo, fridge, grill, trash compactor, bed, walls, carpet, outlets...am I forgetting anything? NO NO NO NOOOOOOOOOO can anyone hear me? You can NEVER be prepared enough while camping. Never. Ever. Stop lying to yourselves!
|Okaaaaay, I'm readyyy! (http://www.dumb.com/)|
8. You'll be outdoors - no one cares about your hair and makeup but you. Again, you've known me how long? Have you EVER seen me without makeup and a flat ironed hair job? Contrary to popular belief, I do NOT wake up this beautiful. It takes a team of experts including MAC cosmetics, John Frieda, Bobbi Brown and the rest of my beauty team to get me ready in the morning. I don't see enough room at this campsite for my entourage. If you recall, dear friends, even after the births of my 3 children, I was photo ready, complete with eyeliner and mascara. Sue me. I wasn't born with a naturally gorgeous look about me. As far as my hair goes..it's more of a safety issue. I can imagine my hair, after a day of being in the hot and humid outdoors, exploding to 25x its size, thus being an attraction to bats flying overhead. I would inevitable end up with a bird or other flying object stuck in my hair, and fall into the fire from a complete freak out reaction. For my own safety and the safety of people, birds and other wildlife around me, I must decline the camping offer.
|Snakes in hair? I might be Greek - but I'm not digging the Medusa look. http://www.bztoonscom/|
9. The water from the stream is ice cold refreshing and safe to drink. Ok, so the malaria-induced fever you have from too many mosquitoes biting you has led you to believe that drinking stream water is safe. Call me later when you have symptoms of the ebola virus. Sucker. You may just fit into that size 2 dress that you foolishly bought and hung in your closet. (Wait a minute...weight loss that easy? Finally - a perk to camping? Give me a drink of that damn stream water - and get out of my way!)
10. (Drumroll) And finally - the grand finale - the line that gets me everytime...Don't you want to have the experience of camping out with your kids? Let's think about this for a minute. As if my own needs aren't enough to worry about during a day/night in the rough, I have to think of all of their needs too? I need to pack their blankies, their favorite stuffed animals, their must-have snacks, their nighttime milk, their favorite lullabies. I would have to spend half of a day packing their stuff - then schlepping it to the campsite - unpacking it, listening to them ask me a hundred questions on why I forgot to pack their Star Wars mini-figures, their this, their that. I'd be replacing their hot dogs after they repeatedly either drop it on the ground and/or burn it or drop it in the fire. I'd be paralyzed by fear that someone is going to get pushed, trip or fall INTO the fire. I'd be constantly taking one of them into the woods to pee. Nope. I'm exhausted just thinking about it.
|Simple Math/Addition Problem: One cranky mom plus 3 children like the one listed above equals infinite number of freakouts per hour. http://picture-book.com/content/camping-tripmcgraw-hill|
I know. I'm a drama queen when it comes to the outdoors. I get that. I have this whole crazy scenario worked up in my head. Save your "why don't you try it, you'll like it" comments because I am not going camping. I'm ok with that. I'm a city girl. You can take a girl out of the city, but you can't get her to shut up if she's miserable at a campsite. It's all fun and games until someone has to deal with an uncomfortable, scared version of me in the outdoors. For everyone's safety and comfort, I'm staying home. If you or someone you know is a camper and loves every minute of it. Congratufreakinglations. And I mean that with a warm heart.
Love and Bugfree Hugs,
|Brilliant pic - (bluntcards.com I think!)|