smokies, chairs and sleep

By on May 26, 2016

The above 3 items are the things we went without when camping on Wednesday night.

We forgot the chairs and smokies and the sleep, well, that’s almost to be expected.

Tom and I headed out into the wilderness of Vancouver Island for one night.  We wanted to fill our backpacks, do a good hike and then camp to make sure we are hooked up for our upcoming West Coast Trail trip.

Did you know it totally sucks to have no chairs while camping?  I do.  Its the SITTING around the fire part that doesn’t happen.  And no, there were no stumps to use.  We had made a special trip to the grocery store to buy smokies to cook over the campfire, which we promptly left safe and sound in the fridge.

Things we didn’t forget:  wine and wine glasses.

We also were excited to try out our new tent and new sleeping pads and sleeping bags.  Turns out the tent is fine but those sleeping pads suck.  They will take some getting used to.  And the tent is cozy.  So like when one person goes to roll over because their arm fell asleep, the other person wakes up as well and this pattern continues for the entire time we are in the tent.

We also tried out some of that freeze dried food from MEC.  It was disgusting. So not only did we not enjoy the dinner, we didn’t have smokies.

Good thing the little store had marshmallows-and there was also the wine.

So considering we will not have chairs, smokies, wine or marshmallows on the WCT-I’m super concerned.  And also important to note: after not getting any sleep after one night, we headed home to nap in the afternoon.  Not hike all day long again for the next 6 days.  This could be worrisome.  I mean hilarious.

As promised, I made 2 videos.  One of the hiking and one of us building the tent.  Mostly it was for me to learn how to gopro, but you might like the groovy tunes.

Tom doesn't like marshmallows, but he knows how to cook 'em.

Tom doesn’t like marshmallows, but he knows how to cook ’em.


  1. Reply

    Auntie Sheila

    May 26, 2016

    Oh my. I have a feeling you’re going to be quite challenged on this upcoming trip.
    (btw, you should try car camping!)

    Don’t think it’s my thing. Have you tried those portable showers yet? Or can you even pack one for 6 days of dirty camping?
    I don’t suppose you can pack chairs on this hike, if you’re packing freeze-dried food.
    Hope you got used to the dirt.

    Oh, and don’t forget to go buy some brand new hiking boots – never broken in. That’s what Sheryl Strayed did before she hiked the Pacific Coast Hwy. Major DOH.

    As always, you have me rolling on the floor. lololol

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    May 26, 2016

    Awesome videos!!! Looks fun and you guys look like the real deal – pro hikers and campers!!

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    Auntie Sheila

    May 26, 2016

    OMG – just watched the hilarious videos! Is this your new camera recording this?

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      May 26, 2016

      Yes Auntie-thats the new gopro! I love it.

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    Robert Siddall

    May 26, 2016

    As I read your post I was very disappointed that it wasn’t pouring rain. That will be the real test for your West Coast Trail. From personal experience, I can tell you that rain enhances overnight camping. The real test comes at the end of the six day hike of six days of rain. Will you all be still talking? A Chinese Emperor was quoted as saying that he “would not take anyone into his inner circle until he had travelled with them.” Looking forward to hearing about your West Coast Trail hike.

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      Auntie Sheila

      May 26, 2016

      Oh my, bears and lions and tigers and……RAIN. Oh my.

      Robert is right. This is THAT time of year for major rain in the PNW.
      Louis and Clarke document it very well, in fact.
      They spent months in Astoria and couldn’t believe the rain for wks on end.

      I spent one night at a family campout in a pup-tent, of all things.
      It got soaking wet at 3am and we were out of there making a fire to dry off our underwear.
      And, I had terrible PMS.
      When I started watching people emerge freshly showered after 8 hrs of sleep, SMILING! I could have thrown my tampon at them. I was SO grouchy. But, I was miserable and freezing cold all night.

      Nothing worse than cold rain that never ends.

      Yanno, not to scare ya, hon. 🙂

      Always wishing you the best.
      Buy really good rain-gear and boots.

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    Super Awesome Rita

    May 26, 2016

    Hellllllooooo Kerrrriiiii they sell wine in Tetra-Packs – perfect for the WCT trip! I wouldn’t leave home without a couple of those stashed in my pack… Or in my hand as I was walking…

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      May 26, 2016

      Excellent tip my PPGIT

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        Auntie Sheila

        May 26, 2016

        DEHYDRATING….sorry, not sorry.

        Drink now and get it over with.
        You need room for all the water you can carry.

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          Auntie Sheila

          May 26, 2016

          Oh, and matches.

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    Aunty Sheryl

    May 27, 2016

    Loved the videos – good job practicing with your new GoPro – you’ll be a pro at this by the time your WCT hike comes along – who know’s you could end up with an academy award recording on your hands – or better yet a “funniest home video” – either way I’m certainly looking forward to hearing all about your up coming hike and now with your new talent we’ll be able to witness your adventures #crazyantics

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    Karen Olson

    May 27, 2016

    Cancel my Netflix! My summer entertainment is here!

    I’m nervous for you.

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    May 27, 2016

    Awesome! On the WCT, bring cash. There is a little outdoor “cafe”, just south of the Carmanah Point Lighthouse that sells the best tasting burgers on Vancouver Island and they have chairs to sit on! Also at the half way point on the trail, there will be salmon and dungeness crab caught and cooked fresh, just for you. And as a bonus, there are chairs and picnic tables there too!

    Great videos BTW!

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    May 27, 2016

    These posts make me giggle, a lot. And I understand why you’re super-concerned. Maybe just decide that you’re doing the WCT to prove you’re a hard-ass and can do it, not because “it’s a holiday.”

    There will be lovely, sublime moments, but there will be more moments of just looking at the trail in front of you and your boots, I expect, so you’ll have to make this all work for you mentally as much as any chairs, smokies, wine or marshmallows could aid with. 🙂 What what do I know?

    Also, your tent is STUPID small. OMG.

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    May 29, 2016

    Wow! Great videos. I would say you are a ‘pro’ go – proer. Keep up the videos. They are very entertaining.

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    June 2, 2016

    This was great, I hope you get that weather on your trip but it will be fabulous regardless. Mind over matter and lots of that tetra-pack wine.


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