When my hubbie (then Fiancé) suggested we went camping for a week back in September 1993 I was happy to embrace a new experience. Little did I know what this week had in store for me.
I was nineteen, I took a week off work, we borrowed my dad’s car and headed off to Wookey Hole in Somerset in a two-man dome tent bought in the sales, some foam to sleep on, a singe gas ring to cook and little else. Hubbie had camped most of his life with his Mum but I always stayed in Caravans and the closest I had gotten to canvas was a trailer tent. Unprepared is not the word.
The first night was pretty good, we heated a tin of ravioli and after driving all day and went to sleep on our extremely uncomfortable 15mm thick foam mattresses. The following day started OK, we went into the caves and museum at Wookey Hole but by the time we had finished exploring it had stared to rain and didn’t stop for any significant period of time for the following 5 days! Suddenly camping didn’t seem like such a good idea.
To be truthful we had a great week exploring Somerset. We went adventure caving in Cheddar Gorge,
explored Glastonbury Abbey which I loved as I was a little obsessed with the legend of King Arthur!
We got down with the Hippies on top of Glastonbury Tor, I remember hearing one say ‘Can you feel the vibes, Man?”!
But the camping was awful, the constant rain meant the bottom 12 inches of our bed was constantly soaked and we ended up taking our camping stove into the site bathroom so we could heat up some tinned food for dinner in the dry.
When we packed up to go home I remember saying I would never go camping again. As the saying goes “never say never” but it did take hubbie 9 years to convince me to try it again but the next time I was determined to be prepared and have the best equipment money could buy and learned from my experiences – having a comfortable, dry, warm bed is the key to any successful camping trip!
Here we are 20 years later having camped in the most amazing places across three continents and I’ve never looked back. 😀