Sunday, September 17, 2006

Camping at the Beach


So we decided to go camping this past Friday over in Kawaihae at Spencers Beach. We leave at 8 p.m. and head to Wal-mart where we pick up a tent and sleeping bags. We do not bring a pillow or something soft to sleep on. bad mistake. So we get there at around 10 and set up camp. The only place we can pitch our tent is on a rough, rocky surface. This is where the air mattress would have been handy. So we try to settle in and all of a sudden it starts raining...hard. We didn't put the tent up properly soo it starts leaking and Dan goes out in the rain to try and fix it. I am suffering inside b/c I am so uncomfartable trying to sleep on the ground. We think about just going home then remember they close the gats and lock everyone in so we are stuck there. I go try and sleep in the car but it doesn't work. I pretty much sit in the car all night and cry my eyes out while Dan sits up in the tent concerned about me. So neither of us sleep. The next morning the rain had cleared and it was a beautiful day. Dan is meeting his friend in Kona to go for a ride. I stay at the beach...bad mistake for me. I am there for 6 hours and I run out of food and water. I can't get a hold of Dan and am on the verge of an emotional breakdown. I have been VERY weepy lately. So Lynne calls right as I am breaking down. I immediately start bawling like a baby and I doubt she could even understand what I was saying. Needless to say Dan finally came back and I got some food and water. Dan was only supposed to go out for a 2 hour ride but due to the wind it took them 2 hours to get back from going 1 hour out. It was an extremely hot day and the poor thing got sick and had a crappy ride. So when we met up we were not happy campers at all. I think I even told Lynne to call Dan to warn him what he was in for when he finally got to me! Sorry, Lynne!! I felt so silly afterwards but perfect timing!
We should have known that it would turn out that way...I think all of our camping trips have ended up being one big mess or adventure!! I did see two huge turtles swim under me at the beach and am now darker than dark. It was a beautiful place to camp so enjoy the pics!!

8 comments:

Miller Time said...

robyn you just described why i do not camp. I have only camped once in my life and it was not bad but i got there after dinner and left before breakfast. Sorry you had such a bad time maybe you should wait and camp again of pregnancy but then you will have a baby so maybe when they are old enough to enjoy.

J B & N Rawlins said...

ok camping can be fun. my camping in hawaii was not fun either... but i LOVE camping in canada... give that a try next time - and make sure you bring an airmatress and LOTS of pillows! Sorry that sounds stinky though - DONT go prego... wow that sounds so uncomfortable!! and I will not let Newby read this cause it will put him with you R1 never wanting or having a desire to camp again in his life!!

Nana said...

It reminds me of a camping experience we had when we went camping in B.C. and Danny was just 9 months old or so. No one got a wink of sleep as he cried the entire night. We left the next morning at the crack of dawn to go home and I think that is the last time We camped for many years, Actually that is the last time I camped for many years. Steve went with the kids and I stayed home and enjoyed my warm, dry bed.

Anonymous said...

Robin, I totally have sympathy for you. I have been camping with dan, In waipio valley. It was reaing like crazy and we had to cross this roaring river. All of our stuff was soaked and all Dan brought to eat was ichiban and a few chips. It was like survivor. Hope all is well, your looking great. Take care Sarah C.

The Haslam Clan said...

You just explained why me and Sean don't camp too! We both hate it...maybe one day we'll try it but I doubt it...I think the Hilton is waiting for us more often! And from our talk the other night we both know about the emotional thing...I would have called you if I knew...sorry about the hard day!

Ramblin Round the World said...

Thanks, Libby. Ask your Mom...I was a wreck. It was just like what we talked about...I could barely breath or talk to her!! Nice! I really do love to camp but it seems when Dan and I go things always go bad!

Anonymous said...

I love camping! Its so much fun to be out there in nature and "rough it" But if your not prepared for it then dont blame it on camping blame yourself for being stupid! next time bring an air mattress and lots of food and a cooler with lots of ice cold bevs

Mike Karyn & Nash said...

Hey Robyn....remember you are PREGNANT. I never once thought about camping when I was pregnant. This is the time to relax and sleep in a nice big comfortable bed. This is also the time to get lots of sleep b/c soon you will be like me...waking up every few hours and always tired. So please stay near home from now on...with food and water and a bed with pillows.