Saturday, 27 July 2013

Embracing Camping...

Last weekend I went camping.  Probably not such a big deal to most people, but I did it once before for Scout leader training last year and had the most miserable time.  I'm quite a 'let's give it a go' person though, so even if I think I hate something, I know it might take a few goes to really form my opinion, hence trying camping again.  And actually, it wasn't too terrible.  I think I know myself quite well and I guessed I would have problems with the sleeping-among-noise-and-the-elements part, but the rest was pretty fun.  The weather at the weekend was gorgeous, a huge factor in making the whole thing more bearable, and as you can see, the location was stunning.

skimming stones

We went to Loch Doon and set up camp right on the water banks (high enough to be out the way of getting wet obviously!).  The guys in the dingy were camping across from us and were very drunk the entire time - awful when you're trying to sleep but hilarious when you're watching them try to paddle against the current and drink beer at the same time.

We have fire!

This also crosses another challenge off the list - I'm positively flying through them now!

Challenge 26 - Try something you think you're going to hate.
So on second attempt, I didn't hate camping.  Sure there were parts of it I'd be happier not dealing with (lack of toilets wasn't even top of the list) but I'm glad to know it's something I can do now and again and feel adventurous in the process.

Has anyone else been camping?  Got any tips for me?



  1. You're braver than me - I've never tried wild camping, the most I'll do is campsite camping because I like being near toilets and showers (even if there are spiders in the corners *shudder*). Sounds like you had fun though, and it looks like a lovely location :)

    1. I was very much wishing for a shower the next morning! Hopefully our next trip will be somewhere more civilised... :)

  2. Oooooooh, lovely location! I'm not much of a fan of camping, but then most of the camping I've done has been at festivals, which is noisy and usually involves people falling on your tent in the middle of the night. It might be a *little* more bearable in the wild...

    1. Yeah that's a big part of why I've never been to festivals! Altho we did have a drunk guy nearby singing all night, that was fun...


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