Monday, July 16, 2007


there are days when you just want to scream.
there are days when you just need to cry.

the past couple of weeks have been pretty emotional.
and pretty hard.

I've been holding out for this camping weekend for awhile, knowing that it'd be a great time away, with some trusted friends. Spiritually, emotionally recharged, I'd be ready to face anything.

It's been cancelled.

So, today, we're going to talk about the practicalities vs the impracticalities of a little thing I like to call "ditch camping".

Ditch camping is when all else has failed, so you find a nice ditch somewhere in the country.
Choice spots should be relatively dry, and unditch-like :: there shouldn't be too much garbage, avoid dead animals and hobos.
Ditches provide shelter in wind and dust storms, and in the case of a tornado, you'll be below ground level and safer than most. Ditches DO often flood. So don't camp in the rain.
You don't have to actually put your tent up in a ditch.. you can just lay the tent over you while you sleep if that's easier. Also, you don't have to go far to use the bathroom, as more than likely, you'll be in some sort of biological mess/waste.


Beth said...

well, if the biohazardous campsite falls through, I wondered if you wanted to come over this weekend. you can sleep in the back yard - close to the stream and feel right at home - consider it your own ditch.

Suzanne said...

anytime you need a ditch - there is 100 acres of clean camping land behind us - you just have to contend with the turkeys and the stars. I hope all renews itself and you have a fresh start soon!

manda said...

i'll go camping with you! Lets go, only no ditches, how about pond or stream camping... oh oh lets rent horses and go trail riding and camp alone the way.... oh the possibilities are endless! i go anywhere as long as there are campfires and marshmallows oh and chocolate and graham crakers... mmmmm oh and hotdogs!!!

manda said...

please substitute along for alone in previous comment

manda said...

please insert will between i and go in comment posted at 1:27pm