Thursday, July 27, 2006

A Note on Girl's Camp

The Wife is absolutely no camper. Her idea of camping is a Howard Johnson with only a double bed and no continental breakfast. Beyond that, she is so far out of her element that it borders on very comical. So imagine my delight at learning that she has been called to be a Girl's Camp director in charge of the survival hike for the young girls in our religious congregation. Yep, that's right, the Wife and the Teenager under the stars living on MRE's, beef jerky and granola. Well, the hike (9 miles) and the night in the tent on the rock hard ground took place this week and the Wife survived.

Well, survived is putting it generously. She still can't walk fully upright and she hasn't stopped cussing for the last several days, but she is slowly getting off the ibuprofin. Ahhhhh, the joys of Girl's Camp.

P.S. She claims her girls ate the best meals. BTW...The Teenager went on the hike in Houston and found out that hiking in Houston involves sidewalks and ice cream vendors.


Blogger The Wife said...

We hiked 9 1/2 miles, thank you very much. Four of those with 35lb packs. The King may be laughing now, but I don't think he would have made two miles with that pack, and my girls did have the best meals there. Some of those girls were trying to choke down cold soup while we feasted on Blueberry Pancakes via self heating meals. Check out this website.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

What? The girls in our stake didn't hike on sidewalks and get ice cream. They sold Camp Liahona last year and haven't come up with a new camp yet. Our girls went to a camp more primitive than the old church camp. They went the second week in June and it was HOT... I sent along a few of my 5 gallon jugs and they used them every day for extra water.

A tip to the Wife....When setting up a tent....look for some pine needles to put under the tent. Make a thick bed of pine needles the size of the tent, THEN put the tent on top of the pine needles and you won't have to worry about pain in your back. It works great. We learned that trick one year when we camped at Bryce Canyon. Worked like a dream.

My mother hated camping and I had to join girl scouts to be able to go camping. I absolutely love it. Nothing like pitching you tent up in the mountains off of Piedra Road in the Williams creek camp ground. That's heaven to me.

10:39 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Dear Wife....or should I call you Queen.....
I checked out your heater meals. They seem a bit steep in price and they don't have much of a shelf life. I'll bet they were good though. I don't think I would call that camp cooking.

Tomorrow night our ward is having an alternative cooking class so that we can be prepared of power outages during storms or hurricanes. We will be watching a class on Dutch oven cooking, foil dinners, good old fashioned buddy burners and Hobo stoves. I will be giving a class on fire starters and the Hobo stoves.

I did find a place to buy a one burner butane stove at an outstanding price. You could use that out in the woods and at camp.

Nine and a half mile hike! Yeks, I would have been dead at the end of that one. I remember when my girls went on 5 mile hikes.

One year, while on vacation, my middle daughter got to go to girls camp up near Durango at some lake. She got to see a small bear and it nearly freaked her out.

Grandpa, do you like camping?

10:50 PM  
Blogger Le laquet said...

So, will she be going again?

2:43 AM  
Anonymous Grandpa Jones said...

It was so funny to see, teenager and wife get ready for the trip. It brought back memories, On a father and son overnighter, I rented a u-haul truck, one that had a ramp. I went to a thrift store and bought a queen size mattress and I drove to the outing. Needless to say, I was the laughing stock of the outing when I drove into camp. However by about 10:30 p.m. I had over 12 visitors sleeping in the back of the truck. We left the back door open, but we put up the ramp. It was one of the best outings that I have every attended. I would do it again in a minute........

3:00 AM  
Blogger Jedora Rules said...

Hey, we just got back from so called camping and I was able to watch Tiger Woods win the British Open on TV via Dish Network. "All you need is a clear view of the southern sky". G-pa, you would really have liked that with your UHAUL.
Hey Queen, next time try the old fashion food. Tin foil dinner, hotdogs over an open fire, and tons of chips and pop. It is a whole lot easier than ordering food off of an overpriced website.

11:04 AM  
Blogger K Jones said...

Hey, Jedora, in defense of the Wife, they had no option for a fire and they did carry in some chips, but I kept telling them that Vienna Sausages were the ticket and they kept laughing at me. Oh, well, I had pizza while they were gone.

2:50 PM  
Blogger K Jones said...

BTW--Jedora Rules is also the King's wily brother who may have his sights on the kingdom if I don't watch out.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous brianna said...

Nothing like coming home cussing from girls camp! Being a convert I never got to go, and I'm just waiting for the day I get to as an adult! Hope she gets better soon.

8:05 PM  
Blogger The Wife said...

As we all know the King exagerates. There has not been any cussing, a little grumbling possibly, but no cussing.

I am also interested in seeing Jedora Rules haul a 35lb pack.

9:13 PM  
Anonymous Grandpa Jones... said...

I would hope that Jedora rules or/and Shadow Mt. Banker remains a contributor to the kings blog. He will eventually use the English language in such a way, that will leave him defenseless, unless his wife comes on line and corrects him. You will see the extremes in our them both......

1:43 AM  
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