Sunday, June 30, 2013
I just got back from a short camping trip. It was too hot and there were tons of mosquitoes (I am allergic to them) so we actually came home after only one night. But i did learn something about myself on the trip.
I purposely brought NO snack items, and only mostly canned goods (so we wouldn't have to do dishes) I brought just enough food to eat for the meals i planned, and no extra. And, sadly, because of that, I was totally bored.
Camping in the past to me meant basically a marathon snack-fest filled with items I normally don't allow myself: chips, cookies, cereal, trail mix, big bags of nuts, soda, and of course S'mores. My husband usually goes fishing, leaving me alone, and I would literally eat all day.
Well, I was determined to not do that this time. And I didn't, which is great, and I give myself a lot of credit and a high five or two for it. I don't mean to discount my success here.(of course, once i was there, I really had no choice, there were no stores around!)
But it was sad, I really didn't have anything else to to do. I didn't feel like reading the books I brought and i didn't bring anything else for me to do (poor planning), and there was no wifi or even cell service, so no internet or SparkPeople. I was totally bored. I never realized how big a place eating had in my trips. It was the only entertainment I had.
I had planned on going for a hike, but it was over 90 and very humid, so no way. We were not near a body of water, so no swimming. I did manage two short walks around the campground to walk the dog, but I got super sweaty and hot. So...mostly i sat around all day and did nothing.
So I guess what I can take away from this experience is that I really need to plan something on my trips that I can entertain myself with when I am alone that doesn't involve food or the internet. And if it is going to be super hot, go somewhere I can swim or stay home.