Camping Woes

I hate to discriminate against particular days of the week, but Mondays truly do suck (just for full disclosure, it took a lot for me to stop at “suck” instead of the longer, more inappropriate phrase I had in my mind).  My only solace is that Zach has the rest of the week off, which means we’re going camping again (which also means no blog for the rest of the week).

Camping.  I love the great outdoors, but there’s something about camping that makes me both love and hate it.  We spend all this money to basically live like we’re homeless, which seems odd to me.  Not only do I still have to cook and clean, but I have to cook and clean in the woods with no running water and worry about bears.  Not to mention, the part I love most about camping, which is getting away from humans, is harder to do than one might think.  Campgrounds are loud and full and you have neighbors.  I don’t want neighbors.  If I have to have neighbors, I’d rather be at home, where there are walls and fences blocking my view of their existence.  We went camping a couple weekends ago, and we did dispersal camping, which means, no amenities, and you’re not on top of each other.  In fact, we couldn’t see anyone else.

But we could hear them.

Until midnight, drunken arshole college kids played house music (HOUSE music!) and yelled and screamed like they were trying to call their pigs back to the farm.  Farther from us on that same side, another drunk group played loud music and screamed, in what I imagine was a competition with the closer group.  On the other side of us, we could hear a family celebrating a birthday, and then someone playing a guitar and singing for a couple of hours (which, by the way, I wasn’t annoyed at, the dude had a nice voice and played well, and not even their child was screaming – so they win).  I tried to imagine I was just at a music festival that I went to on purpose, just to try and make myself a little less annoyed.

The stars were pretty though.  I don’t get to look at stars often.  I wonder if the drunk people noticed the stars.

So, if you’re going to be camping for this 4th of July here are my tips:

Partake in alcohol, if you like, by all means, let loose!  I take my flask.  And if you’re doing drugs, be careful and don’t wander off.
Get so wasted you’re screaming at the top of your lungs or doing the redneck “pig call.”  It’s annoying.
Bring your instruments!  Have an awesome jam session.  I love hearing campfire music.  What better stage than nature?  Also, helps to keep your mind off the bears that are probably watching you.
Bring a DJ.  Seriously.  Why?  If you want to throw a house party, find a house.  Someone will have parents away, I’m sure.  It’s also more fun in a house, because there are beds, and readily available paramedics.

This shouldn’t have to be said, but also, obey fire rules.  We really don’t need anymore fires than we already get.  I would like to have trees in the forest, please.

Until next time!


Long Time Comin’

Boy have I been busy lately.  In a good way, I’d like to hope, since I haven’t posted in quite some time.  The middle of February was our road trip to Arizona.  The weather was beautiful and it made me long for summer.  Our only regret during the trip was that we didn’t get to do more outdoor activities.  But alas, that’s what happens when you visit family.  You are forced to cram in a ton of “togetherness” in a short time.  We did get to go on a hike with my lovely sister and my niece.

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Needless to say, we are not used to the cactus terrain, and my husband especially was so excited about the saguaro cactus.  He was a little sad to be away from them.

The rest of our trip focused on a wedding, and then driving home because we missed our dogs so terribly.  We drove through Flagstaff, a gorgeous area in AZ that, if you ever get a chance, so visit.  We also got to drive through Monument Valley.  That place is insane.  The landscape is so… desolate to the point it’s cathartic.

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And yes, that’s trash in the last picture.  Kind of sad, really.  It was definitely a major problem along the whole drive on the side of the road.  But you know, who will take care of it?

But this was all in February!  What else have I been up to?  Well, I decided to jump feet first into acting, and I’ve gotten a lot of short film gigs.  In fact, I’m enjoying it so much… I think I may continue.  I am also considering classes for more training (and for fun!).  Not to mention, still got my writing!

Another major event that has taken up a lot of my time is that my parents decided to move back to CO from AZ (great timing!).  They are living with us until my dad can find a job and they are able to buy a house.  It’s been a transition, but we’re getting there.

Until next time!