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Urban camping

While we’re in Canada and the Northeast next week on WVT, we’re going to fulfill Harrison’s dream of roughing it in the wilderness a few campgrounds. This meant that we had to buy sleeping bags, an air mattress, and a tent. After significant neurotic (on my part) research and advice from Twitter, we went with the REI Camp Dome 2.

We had planned to go on a trial-run camping trip in Virginia, but several elements (namely, torrential downpours and the un-timely arrival of our sleeping bags) conspired against us. With our June 12th departure date fast upon us, we decided to go with the next-best option: urban camping in my mom’s living room.

The tent fortunately came with instructions printed right on the bag, ha!

REI Camp Dome tent in bag

 

[Insert phallic joke about the long tent pole.]

 

long tent pole

Hey, this is looking right-ish!

half-assembled Camp Dome 2 tentTotal set-up time on the first try? Ten minutes. Let’s see if we can get it down to five!

assembled REI camp dome 2 tent

Note the candlesticks in their natural habitat.

Oh look! Some urban “wild” life: my mom!

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Bodger was very curious and eager to climb inside the tent.

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Our queen air mattress just barely fits in the two-person tent (though not entirely inflated).

M & H in Camp Dome 2 Tent

After feeling sufficiently satisfied with ourselves and our tent construction, we broke camp and foraged for dinner at Avenue 805.

Camping, we are ready for you!

Don’t worry: we’ve made other preparations in addition to buying and assembling our tent. We don’t have it down to a streamlined and efficient process yet, but I think we’ll be okay “roughing it” for a few days. (And my parents did a pretty bang-up job taking me on fun camping trips in my childhood, so this isn’t my first go-round with using the woods as my toilet.) At the very least, I know (1) not to light a fire or use a gas stove inside the tent, (2) to store food in the car so as not to be attacked by bears, (3) use a footprint under the tent so as not to become soaked overnight. 

Any other helpful tidbits of camping advice? Do share in the comments!

 

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Urban camping

  1. Jessica says:

    dress warm. it was in the 30s here at night last week. it’s not been a warm spring!

    also, wear earplugs. we were totally freaked out by the sounds raccoons trying to get into our food (they did not succeed).

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