June 5-7, 2009
Well this was our second camping trip and it definitely had its' highs and lows. We got the camper worked on right before we left. We had a new water pump installed and had the propane system checked. Used Camping World to do this and I thought we were getting a really good deal, but they screwed up the propane and when we got to the site, we realized they had 'frozen' the valve/knob. So the darned thing broke off the line...thank God it didn't leak. Camping World was no help...the tech just swore it worked like 'new' when he tried it the day before, then he was telling me I would probably have to replace the whole tank as it was so old? How crazy is that? (turns out, he is probably right...more on that later.) Also got a call on Friday that my uncle passed away. Between those two things I was pretty frustrated and reduced to tears.
My husband was the hero, though. Managed to keep an upbeat mood and turned this into an adventure...we were going to 'rough it.' Still we didn't bring anything, food-wise, that didn't need heating up in the oven or on the stove. He tried cooking over a charcoal fire...let's just say you can't boil water, fry bacon, or cook eggs over a charcoal fire. So we improvised dinner. I had the garlic bread we were going to have with our pasta and dipped it into spaghetti sauce (warmed in microwave) and he had cantelope and a coldcut sandwich.
On Saturday, we both woke up sore. The bed isn't the most comfortable thing in the world. We are going to put a tempurpedic mattress pad on there and hopefully that will help. The dogs were really good. This was their first trip as well and I was surprised they did as well as they did.
Found out on Saturday that we were grandparents again. Cortlynn Rose was born at 12:45. We deliberated breaking camp and going to INdy to the hospital, but she was born without incident and Billy and Karen were coming to visit the camp site...we waited until Sunday. Had a wonderful time with Billy and Karen, who bought us a double burner hotplate (camper warming gift). Randy grilled out steaks and I made corn and hash browns on the burner. We had the other garlic bread and sat by the fire.
We boiled the water for dishes over the burner or in the microwave. Breakfast on Sunday, we prepared on the double burner. Not sure what we will do about the propane...it may cost up to $400-500 to replace and I am not investing that kind of money. So we might be improvising with a toaster oven; dishes that can be microwaved; an electrical converter on the water heater or heating water; an electric skillet; and a space heater.
Next trip...Camp Rudolph!!!