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Robert Jones  
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11/27/03, 5:16pm
I'm taking a break from packing as I am getting set to go camping again tomorrow and Saturday. My brother and I are taking my 12 year old nephew and a couple of his friends camping. Looks like we gotta a cold snap coming through with tempature highs in the 70's today and a low tomorrow night of around 35 with 15 mph winds. Brrrrr!

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11/27/03, 5:36pm
>I'm taking a break from packing as I am getting set to go
>camping again tomorrow and Saturday. My brother and I are
>taking my 12 year old nephew and a couple of his friends
>camping. Looks like we gotta a cold snap coming through with
>tempature highs in the 70's today and a low tomorrow night of
>around 35 with 15 mph winds. Brrrrr!

Have fun! Take a sweater with you...

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11/30/03, 9:20pm
What a great trip. We had very little wind but last night seemed to be one of the coldest nights I ever remember spending. When I am car camping I usually set up my sleeping area with two 3/4 length Therma Rest pads laying side by side then I place my old heavy flannel sleeping bag over both pads then I place a second bag over the first then I sleep on this pad wrapped in my North Face "Cat's Meow" with a silk liner.

Last night I woke up and my dog K.C. was laying off on the tent floor with his teeth chattering and shivering. I called him over and wrapped him in my flannel bag and slept huddled next to him with my arm over him to hold the bag in place.


It was really awesome taking the kids camping. They were pretty scared of the dark. On the second night my brother and I decided to have some fun with that fact. We got them to play hide and seek after dark. They would only hide as a group of three and then barely outside of the illumination of the camp. My brother and I then took our turn to hide. My brother hid close to camp and I trotted around a trail and approached camp from the back side. My brother was making chicken clucking noises to tease them. The kids were too afraid of the dark to come looking for us so I trotted into camp from the back side startling them.

I asked them where Stoney was and they said they did not go looking for him. I said let's go find him and trotted off in that direction. They had two choices. 1) was to follow me and I was trotting off into the darkness about to disappear into the darkness again. 2) was to stay in camp alone. All three chose to follow me and I got them to trot off with me into the dark and neither one of them thought to get the battery operated lantern that was sitting between them so they did not bring a light. We walked right past my brother who was hiding right beside the trail and I got them to loop around on the trail, about 1/4 of a mile, that I had followed. I made the comment that this was reminiscent of the "Blair Witch" except we had no camera and no flash light.

They were getting good and spooked on our little snipe hunt and I led them back into camp still not having found my brother. We huddled back around the campfire and my brother jumped out of the tent giving them all a good scare and laugh.


Day one we had grilled steaks and campfire baked potatos and corn on the cob with Granny's home made "ice cold" lemonade followed by some hot coccoa made from scratch by Stoney's wife and heated over a camp stove. Day two was a big breakfast of sausage, eggs and pancakes. Sandwiches for lunch and grilled hamburgers and hot dogs for dinner accompanied by another round of campfire baked potatos.

It was an awesome trip!

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Re: Camping
12/1/03, 12:58am
>pad wrapped in my North Face "Cat's Meow" with a silk liner.

Hey, that's the same mummy bag that I use, right down to the silk liner I bought for it. Nice bag.

Sounds like you had a great trip. Welcome home.

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12/1/03, 4:36pm
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Sounded like an great trip. I would have enjoyed the snipe hunt as well. you said you were packing, where you going this time?

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12/2/03, 4:13am
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>Last night I woke up and my dog K.C. was laying off on the
>tent floor with his teeth chattering and shivering. I called
>him over and wrapped him in my flannel bag and slept huddled
>next to him with my arm over him to hold the bag in place.

You can't fool us...you WANTED to sleep next to that dog!


I love sleeping next to my dog. She keeps me warm and I keep her warm. And of course, she brings more than warmth.

Love dem dogs!

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Letting A Sleeping Dog Lie
12/3/03, 2:03am (Last Edited: 12/3/03, 2:04am)
I don't know why he didn't sleep next to me to begin with. I made the pallet and allowed him to choose his own sleeping spot. I was really shocked to wake up and see that he was that cold. Right now he is laying against my feet.

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