While it is always delightful to go away, coming home is sweeter by far…particularly after this camp out. Note to self: At nearly 50 years old, the thermarest just doesn’t cut it. Next purchase will be some sleeping situation better suited to my needs. Suffered some pretty bad hip pain with the thermarest, which is basically a thin air filled foam core mat.
The good the bad…we pulled in and it was kind of funny to be plopped down in what seemed a lot like a suburb to those of us without neighbors 😉 We decided that was part of the price of camping with friends one and two sites down. Until nightfall… Night one, 3 screaming babies, two car alarms, several car lights, and the slamming door of the rest room too many times to count. I did hear a loud frog in the distance and a barred owl not too far off, but wildlife here was primarily of the two legged kind. Suffice to say, sleeping on night one was a challenge. Even though I was dog tired from just getting everything organized AND making sure I stayed on course with my training schedule.
Having access to the lake was nice. An open water swim is so different than the pool. It was pretty great also to just hop on the bike and be off with some friends. On my first day of there I did a micro-mini triathlon of sorts…that is to say I biked for about an hour, swam to the middle of the lake, then ran for about 40 minutes. The run pleased me the most. The trail was so beautiful that when my scheduled time to be done arrived, I just kept going. The weather was in the low 70’s with a bit of a breeze and sunny. That felt great.
The down side was that after that first night of no sleeping coupled with the thermarest, my right hip was killing me. I always schedule Sunday as a rest day so that was not a problem, but it was so bad that I made Monday a rest day as well. Hopping back in the saddle today to get back to training.
In our absence the garden looks like it has doubled…although that’s not possible in only a few days 🙂 Overall it was really nice to get away from all the (never ending) chores here and be situated next door to friends…for a few days.
We have some trips to the shore planned for summer. Those will be at B&B’s, so the thermarest can stay at home 🙂 Where do you like to spend your summer vacations? I’d love to glean some new places to visit so please feel free to share.