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Are We Crazy?

Posted by on June 6, 2013

Somewhere in the middle of job-drama and school and adoption, Varun and I had the brilliant idea to go camping for our 4th Anniversary. Because really, nothing says romance like sandy tents and communal showers.

Here’s the catch: I’m not sure if we have the skills for this endeavour.

Growing up, my family did our share of camping. However, I have 3 brothers and never really had to be responsible for our actual survival. Varun, you should know, didn’t go camping until he was well into his twenties. When I expressed some concern about our ability to survive the weekend, Varun reminded me, “Amelia! We set up the tent by ourselves last year!”

So there you have it. Hopefully this year we can remember to bring our sleeping bags.


Is camping for one’s anniversary crazy? Perhaps. But, I’m excited to be alone with my husband. I’m excited to sleep outside on the hard ground. I’m excited to eat food cooked over a fire and sit around the dimming embers, talking and dreaming with Varun.  I cannot wait for s’mores, the shores of Lake Huron and lack of cellphone reception.

I’m also mildly apprehensive, so hit me with your camping advice. What to cook, what to pack, how to survive. What makes couples camping work? What should we avoid?


10 Responses to Are We Crazy?

  1. Miss Marloone

    Don’t forget the mosquito spray…or maybe you might wanna get those candles that repulse them…useful & romantic 🙂

  2. Vanessa @ Strickly Speaking

    Not at all! I love camping. We’ve totally gone camping by ourselves (once when I was 7 months pregnant). It’s very relaxing and slow-paced and of course, all about the food. If you need some camping food ideas, let me know. Or there’s always Pinterest of course.

  3. Miranda

    Hey friend. Let me know if you want to borrow our cast iron skillet or dutch oven. They’re wonderful over an open fire. You can crack a few eggs into a tupperware container and take them like that for your 1st breakfast. That’s all my advice.

  4. Roslyn

    This is great! With all the rain, I would highly suggest a very large tarp and strong rope that you can suspend over some of your site. We have one, and if you end up driving through Barrie on your way, you are more than welcome to borrow it!

    For food, I suggest eggs, pasta, banana s’mores, and having something on hand that doesn’t require a lot of cooking in case the weather is nasty.
    Hope you guys have a great time!

    • Amelia

      A tarp! I didn’t even think of that. Great idae! Thanks!!

  5. Raina Anderson

    Hi! I’ve been following your blog for a while and find your posts hilarious and well written. I’m an Indian woman married to a North American man.

    Coming to camping, you couldn’t pay me to go camping, especially after the husband and I went once, and came back with the flu, communal toilets, and being able to hear mattresses creak in the next tent. NOT peaceful at all. We do live near Yosemite though (an hour away) and if this doesn’t sound too familiar, come visit us and you can go camping!!

  6. Beth (@bethaf)

    Beth’s camping advice:

    Tarp is a MUST HAVE. As are bug spray, warm pyjamas/sweaters for the cold mornings, games/books in case you have rainy days. Long pants and thick socks so that you can go hiking even if there is the threat of ticks.

    Pay attention to the slope of your site and dig a slight trench around your tent so that if/when it rains, the water will go around and not pool under your pillows.

    Keep food well away from your tent, preferably in your trunk. Pack your cooler separate from your dry goods, and if you’re REALLY a pro-star (like my mom), you’ll pack your cooler by meal-plan-day, so that the foods you want first are at the top, and you can keep the cooler cooler because you only open it, reach in, and close it again. Your food will last longer.

    Pizzas over a fire are delicious. Anything over a fire is delicious. Foods that remind me of camping with my family include: instant oatmeal, tacos/sloppy joes, s’mores, and pancakes.

Thoughts? I love hearing from you!