Jeff Clineff - All The Words
Ramblings of a Roaming Consciousness
Summer

“The time has come”, the walrus said, “to talk of many things.”


Specifically, Summer.


That is right little ones, this summer saw a change in my life. One thing that was a sure as death and taxes was that I would NEVER go camping!  I hated camping and my idea of roughing it was not having a mint on the pillow when the maid turned down the bed at the hotel.  However, my wife convinced me to give it a try. She did it as a kid and really enjoyed it. So we borrowed a tent and off we went to Knoebels. 


After two days of tenting, much to my surprise, I really enjoyed it. We had a great time of cooking over a fire, sitting doing nothing and enjoying life and family.  It is amazing that no matter how many times you go over an area, you will never find the sharpest stones on the ground until they are poking you in the back through a deflated air mattress.  


By the time the trip was over we decided that we would be a camping family.  We even bought a tent. My task over the winter is to figure out how to air condition it!  We took it down to Luray Caverns for a few days.  One thing everyone will tell you is to seal a tent against the rain. We went through three cans of Scotch Guard Sealant for the tent.  We also bought Seam Sealer to seal all the seams. We decided to do that later.  The first night in Luray saw a terrible downpour around midnight. The Scotch guard protected our tent from the rain. However, the seams on the rainfly leaked like a sieve.  We were out in the pouring rain in our PJ’s covering the top of the tent with the tarp that was covering our food in the screen porch.  Aside from that it was a wonderful time.  We’re now campin’ fools!!


Sumer also saw a return to the Outer Banks.  We had a wonderful time. The only issue was Rachael was stung by a jellyfish. If you have never been stung, let me tell you it REALLY hurts. It hurts for a while!  A word of advice, urinating on a jellyfish sting dose not help. There is no scientific evidence that it works.  From that day forward we had the stuff we needed to combat any other stings.  I was amazed at how many jellyfish there were this year. Very odd.


Summer is over now. A new school year awaits and a new holiday season as well.  Keep the warm memories of summer close, little ones, and remember them on cold winter nights.

2008-10-07 16:32:05 GMT
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