I have to say right up front that my idea of roughing it is staying at a Motel 6. So when Rick asked me to go camping with him and Blossom, I almost said no thanks. But I decided what the heck...as long as I don't have to sleep on the ground, it would be a good time. Rick said it's not the Hilton but pretty comfy in their pop up camper so I decided to go along. The last time I went camping was with Rick and Blossom and the whole Maine gang a couple of years ago.
Anyway I met Blossom at her house on Saturday around noon. She had Pup_Pup and Pup's daughter Nikki with her. We unloaded my car, got gas and off to the campsite we went.
It was a pretty sunny day in New Hampshire when I left but by the time I got to their house, 4 hours later, the sun was gone and it was cool and cloudy. Apparently I missed the torrential rains the night before. But it was shaping up to be a decent day, even without much sun.
We got to the campsite and of course I was greeted with hugs and smoochies and had to greet Princess, Pup's Siberian Husky. What a pretty dog.
Rick and Gene (Pup's hubby) had a decent campfire going and we all sat around and talked for quite awhile. Gene was trying to fix the starter on his pick up truck since it decided to die right after they got up to the campsite. It didn't seem like it was going to work out but he gave it a good try.
It was soon time to start cooking dinner and we had hot dogs and hamburgers, chips and macaroni salad. Everything tastes so much better when it's cooked outside. We also toasted marshmallows and made S'Mores for dessert. YUMMY!! That's the number 1 reason to go camping in my book. LOL
Once everything was cleaned up Blossom, the best fire tender in all of Maine, built up the campfire and we all sat around chatting our fool heads off. It was so nice to catch up with them in person and not by typing on a computer, believe me. As it got darker and cooler, we all moved our chairs closer to the fire. We were really pretty warm there. The wind would kick up once in awhile but it didn't matter...we were having a great time. Even the threat of a shower didn't keep us from enjoying the night air and the fire.
I think it was around 11:30 when I decided I was about to fall asleep right there in my chair so I said good night and headed for my bed.
The worst thing about drinking while camping is having to pee every 10 minutes. LOL That's why I stopped drinking well before it was time for bed. I didn't want to wake everyone up getting my shoes on and moving about the camper opening and closing the door. I did have to go around 3am and made my way to a spot behind the car. There was NO WAY I was going any further. There are big black bears out there ya know! I really hurried up and trotted my butt right back to the safety of the camper. I was ok after that until I woke up around 6:30.
The sight I saw when opening the camper door that morning was just a thing of natural beauty. I could see across the lake and the sun was pouring down through the trees. I know the pics don't do it justice but I have enclosed a few for you to see.
Naturally Sunday's weather was the best of the weekend. Rick made a nice hearty breakfast of coffee, sausage and pancakes. We ate and cleaned up so we could start packing. Before we left, though, Rick took me for a nice long ride on his 4 wheeler. That was really fun and something I haven't done before.
Gene and Pup's truck was still not fixed and arrangements were made for someone to go back to town with Rick and get whatever parts were needed to get the truck repaired. I heard this morning that it took all afternoon to repair and they didn't actually get home until after 8pm.
I hopped in Blossom's car and together we rode back into town to where my car was waiting. It was a long ride home for me but definitely a fun weekend. I hope to get up there again this summer so I can see the rest of the gang up there.
I didn't take a lot of pictures this trip but I did get a few. Hope you enjoy them.
Rick and Gene
Rick by the camper(Pup is in the upper left corner by the truck)