Saturday, August 30-Monday, September 1, 2014. For this year’s Labor Day weekend, I went camping for the first time ever. I was super excited to lose my camping virginity, as well as spend time with my friends. It’s really great to bond with the team outside of practice. Plus, our weekend getaway even helped correct my sleep schedule (never have I ever been so consistent with getting 8 hours of sleep each night).
We went camping at Stumpy Meadows in Georgetown, California. The drive took around 3 hours due to traffic and my car’s detour to Krispy Kreme (I ordered the creme-filled donuts - SOOOOO GOOOD!!!), so everyone arrived at night time. It was pretty confusing for me to navigate through an unfamiliar site in the dark, especially with all the stumps in the way. Talk about a blind obstacle course. Oh and later one of my friends made me laugh so hard while I was drinking water that I ended up throwing up behind a tree, LOL. So as you can see, I’m already used to living life unglamorously.
Here’s the tent I slept in over the weekend. It was pretty big and managed to fit eight people, so we got very nice and cozy together. OOH LA LA! Just kidding, I was paranoid about knocking into other people so I tried to lie absolutely still like a cocoon. And the ground was literally rock solid. Who needs a 5-star hotel when you have nature amirite?!?
There was a lot of downtime with camping. We mostly sat around a campfire and talked, or ate at the food/snack table that the board members set up (yay Hawaiian buns!) One of our teammates held a Cheez-It box and was thus worshipped as Cheesus Christ. We called her queen for the rest of the weekend and she had her own bodyguards (although they did a crappy job of protecting her and the cheez-its).
There was a lake a mile away from our campsite so we got to dive in for a swim. I’m very afraid of swimming but fortunately I got to borrow a friend’s PFD, so yay, I touched the water without dying! The temperature wasn’t too cold either. I attempted to learn swimming but mostly just clung onto a floatie or tried to ride on a piece of log.
I also spotted a cute doggy!! There were quite a few owners around the area who brought their dogs, much to my delight.
More downtime at a shady spot near the lake. We ate hot dogs for lunch and most of the group got caught up in a game called Bang. I learned how to play later in the evening and it’s pretty fun! I was a Vice and set off two dynamite cards in a row, much to the Mayor’s dismay - he was like “If I die from this I’m gonna be so pissed” but I was like “Don’t worry senpai, I GOTCHU” and sure enough we shot everyone else and won, boo ya.
So I, and probably many others on the team, are pretty noob-ish wih camping and creating bonfires. Fortunately we had some Boy Scouts in the group and they made fire like total pros. The majority of the weekend was spent sitting around a fire so as you can imagine, my (underpacked) clothes are now all smelly with smoke.
No camping trip is complete without s’mores! We used real sticks to roast marshmallows and they were so yummy that I ate four of them. That’s the perk of having friends who get sick of s’mores quickly - they still want to roast marshmallows, and then I happily oblige to do the job of eating it for them. ‘Cause I’m selfless like that.
On our last night, some people gathered in my tent so that we could form the Circle of Trust, in which we revealed juicy stories about ourselves that would not be discussed outside of the circle. I cannot reiterate all the scandalous things we discovered, because the moment has passed. All I can say is this: teamcest is gross, and I certainly don’t condone it. So inappropriate!
On Monday morning we left the campsite, and by that point we were all tired, hot, and grossed out by both the deadly smell of the bathrooms and ourselves. When I finally came back to Davis and took a shower, it was like washing holy water all over me. It also felt nice to put my ass on a toilet seat instead of squatting over a hole in the ground, and to sleep in someone’s bed instead of someone’s tent. Yep, I think I’ll stick to staying in civilization for a while.