For May long weekend, Matt and I along with my sister Krystal and her husband went Camping in Jasper.
We arrive to our campsite and we set up the tent we had just bought. A 3 person tent… as cute as can be. (We ALL know that a 3 person tent=2 person tent)
We were prepared. We were going to camp in comfort. We brought blankets- so that we could snuggle…
and also because we only have one sleeping bag. We also decided to bring our air mattress, yes, so what of it? We’re divas.
Our tent looked nearly as good as a hotel. no, really. The Hilton.
It screamed comfort.
So after our first evening of dinner, fire, smores and what-not, its time to hit the hay.
(for those of you who aren’t experienced campers, as we are, and don’t know the camping slang, Hit the hay means sleep)
I make sure I put on my red fuzzy socks, my lulus and a hoody. I wasn’t going to be cold. There is nothing worse than being cold.
Mr. Burgess puts on a clean t-shirt, and wears and old pair of basketball shorts to bed. Fool.
So as we are getting into our REM cycle, something hits me. Literally. whhatttttt??
Why are we on the ground. Why is there a little rock in my back… and why, oh why is there no air in the mattress.
Its probably near 2 o’clock in the morning. I turn to Matt and whisper ‘we’re on the ground…!’
He tells me that the air mattress must have a slow leak.
Friends, we had NO extra room in our ‘2 person’ tent (the Air Mattress was hitting every side of the tent. It was a
double air mattress in an actual 2 person tent’)
So we have to get our shoes on, to go outside, so we would be off the air mattress to fill it back up with the automatic pump.
Oh sweet mary, there is snow on the ground. My socks are getting damp, well because I tried to shove my sock covered feet into a flip flop..
and we all know how that works out.
The pump batteries are nearly dead, it takes 10 minutes to fill up this air mattress.
Boy was it getting cold.The wind was hitting my face, with little pellets of snow. And to top it off, I heard something in the bush…a bear? a Deer? Squirrel?
I got into a karate like stance. ( I have never taken Karate, but I have seen it in movies). I know you think I am kidding when I say, I went into a Karate-like stance.
But I actually did. My brain wasn’t quite awake yet. *yes, Kari, because a Karate stance is going to reallyyy scare a bear away*
FINALLY, the mattress is filled enough to support both our weight… we’re lards.
We snuggle back in.
But now, there is no warmth left in our bodies. Any ounce of our body heat was escaping through the edges of the blankets.
There was no way to get warm. I bundled up in all my clothes that I had brought, and still froze.
Matt stayed in his t-shirt and shorts, and of course, he froze too.
We snuggle together for body heat… but still nothing.
We were like Ice cubes snuggling together for heat. Which doesn’t really work out.
As I just lay there, waiting for morning to come, I can feel the air mattress slowly deflate below me.
We just went from the Hilton to the Motel 6 faster than you could blink.
Every time the air mattress deflates a little more, I roll into Matt. He weighs more, and so I am forced, by the laws of Physics(?), to roll into him.
We ‘woke’ (we never really slept. We were so worried that if we had fallen asleep under such extreme circumstances we might not wake up again)
up again at 6:00 AM, and the mattress had deflated again, we finally just decided to wake up and start a fire and warm up.
We were zombies coming out of the tent. We barely spoke a word regarding what happened that night. It still haunts us to this day.
Here are a few photos of from our trip:
Thank You Krystal for the photos!
We went into Jasper, to see the town. Krystal and Booker went into and Art store, but Matt and I were so exhausted that we
plunked down on a bench and fell asleep- Yes, my hat is over my face. The sun was in my eyes. I will embrace the term, just this