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What I Learned from Our Backyard Tent Camping Test Run – part 2
May 31, 2010 by Donna Carol · 6 Comments
In case your just joining me, here is a review of part 1 of the things I learned from our test run: Always check the weather forecast. This one is self-explanatory. A “surprise” thunderstorm caused us to postpone our test run by one day because I didn’t do a last minute check of the weather. Even tents that are zipped up can leak. I had no idea this could happen, and our son ended up sleeping in a puddle of water. Our tent is too small. We found this out pretty quickly when we got the air mattresses blown up. The day after I posted this we bought an 8- person tent, so this problem is hopefully solved. Now that you are up to speed, here is part 2. Cheap air mattresses don’t last very long. I remembered Dennis telling me the day after the thunderstorm that he had to top off one of the air mattresses with more air. I didn’t think much of it until I woke up two hours after going to bed flat on the ground. We never could locate the leak in the mattress, so it is now... [Read more...]
Tips for Tent Camping In the Rain
October 21, 2010 by RA Manseau · 4 Comments
It’s raining! And, we are camping! IN A TENT! I love the rain! And I try not to every let it slow us down.
We knew it might rain before we went to bed so we took a few precautions to ensure our comfort.
First tip for camping in the rain,
we made a good big doorstep in front our tent from a tarp. This was to help keep the mud down and give the kids plenty of room to take off their muddy shoes.
Second tip for camping in the rain,
we dug a trench all the way around our tent and doorstep. It is not a super deep mote, it is just deep enough to catch the water and direct it away from our tent. The trench goes all the way around our tent and at the lowest point it directs the water away from out tent.
Third tip for camping in the rain,
I lecture the children about not touching the tent walls or roof while it is raining. I don’t really understand the science behind it but for some reason touching the tent wall breaks an invisible natural seal and causes that spot to leak in some tents. (Every tent I ever had actually)
Now we have a nice dry space to spend the day in. A space that is small and cozy and small. Oh, I said small twice, imagine that.
How do you keep from going crazy stuck in a tent with two kids for hours?
There are lots of little games you can play. I always pack a deck of cards and some books and art supplies. For art supplies I don’t bring crayons because if they get left in the car on a hot day they tend to get messy. Colored pencils and washable markers are much neater. I am staying in a camping resort with wi-fi so we have the added comfort of the lap tops.
The rain is intermittent now so we can get out of our tent and enjoy this beautiful place and the lovely rainbow. Thankfully the campground has nice showers because the children love mud.
Tomorrow we will have the mud and the dampness to keep in mind when we pack up our tent. When I get caught with a w...
What I Learned From Our Backyard Tent Camping Test Run- Part 1
May 25, 2010 by Donna Carol · 2 Comments
After many delays, we finally got to do a camping test run in our backyard. I don’t remember where I first read that a test run was a good idea, but I am so glad I read it. We learned a lot from this experience, and this is part 1 of our newfound knowledge.