Why does everyone go camping as Easter?
We know it’s going to rain, the roads will be chaos and the campgrounds will be packed, yet we still do it.
What is this obsession with ‘getting back to basics’ and embracing our inner Neanderthal albeit with expensive tents and gas cookers?
Having only been camping a few times prior to this Easter, I was a little apprehensive about the whole thing.
The first time I went ‘camping’, it rained and I was stuck in a camper trailer with my family for four days.
The second time, I walked across hot coals because I didn’t think they’d still be hot from the night before.
That was a long time ago though, so I gave it another chance.
Plus this time there were the added incentives of no family, being old enough to drink and an excellent music festival to attend for three days.
So here are some of the things I learnt I don’t like about camping:
- Everything is on the ground and therefore can be tripped over.
- Tripping over everything.
- Getting changed in a tiny tent while standing on an air mattress, then falling over and briefly being stuck between the tent and the mattress.
- Stealthily being stuck between a tent and a mattress because there are people cooking just outside said tent.
- Black tent ropes.
- How difficult everything is. For example: To make morning coffee:
- Find gas stove
- Figure out how to insert gas
- Figure out if can has gas in it
- Figure out how to light stove
- Find lighter
- Find water to fill kettle “OH WAIT. WE HAVE NO KETTLE.”
- Drive to Brunswick Heads Antiques and purchase kettle
- Repeat steps 1-8
- Wait for kettle to boil
- Find coffee
- Find cups that aren’t full of old vodka/damp grass
- Find milk
- Move lit gas stove off esky to access milk
- REALISE IT’S NOW DINNER TIME AND YOU NO LONGER WANT COFFEE.
Maybe I need more practice…