Forget something.Oct 27, 2000 Write an essay on this topic.
You've got your list of stuff to take, right? Well, don't double check it! Don't make 100% sure that you have everything.
On one camping trip MANY years ago, (I think I was about 12) we forgot many things. A spatula, a fire starter, lantern things (I don't know what they are called-but they make the lantern work) and a watch! Among some other less important things.
The only thing we stopped and got after realizing it was missing was the things for the lantern. We couldn't go without light! For the other things, we used our imagination. For a spatula, we used a fork or a knife. Which made having fried eggs interesting. For the fire starter my sister and I used (or tried to) the old method of rubbing sticks together. My father lit the fire with matches. And for a watch, we made a sun dial whenever we stopped to camp!
This is the most memorable camping trip I've ever had. Having to figure out ways to make up for the missing items was very fun. My sister and I learned about sun dials, and had a lot of fun trying to start those fires!
The next camping trip, we were missing things too. But I really think that my parents did that on purpose. We never again took a watch with us! And had to come up with several alternative tools. Like one time my dad was taking his fishing poll, but forgot the hooks. We tried using twist-ties. That didn't work...so we moved on to a bobby pin. That still didn't work-it wasn't sharp enough. Finally we used a safety pin, and my dad caught our dinner-a 3 pound rainbow trout!
One time they forgot toilet paper! After a few days of using nature's wares in that department, they gave in and went to a store! But, it was fun for my sister and I! If a bit uncomfortable. And I wouldn't recommend forgetting that!
Another time, mom forgot the dish soap. We used tiny pebbles in the stream for a few days, until we were on the road to another camp site. My sister and I made believe that we were Indians in the far past, washing our pottery in the streams.
Those trips that we were missing something will always stick in my mind. Even though it could have been enough to make the whole trip terrible, we sorted it out, and made it through. And it was worth it.
I can't wait to go camping in this way with my children. It's a few years away, but that just gives me a long time to remember all the things I'm going to forget!
Anyone going camping with children 8-14, "forget" a few things. The kids just might learn something-with your help of course!
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