My Love/Hate Relationship with Camping
04.02.2012 - 06.02.2012
Camping out in the forest is a large part of Canadian culture. I love everything about camping EXCEPT for the following: the tent, the bugs, the bathroom situation, and the dirt.
At Cabo San Juan de la Guia most of my worst fears about camping came true… and more. My disdain for camping comes with some history. First, I have never liked the tent situation because Derek has been duct-taping this “inflatable” mattress for the longest time, insisting that it would stay inflated. In the course of 8 hours of sleep, the mattress always deflates 10 minutes into it and I’m left with sleeping on the very hard, cold ground, thus NOT sleeping well or at all. At Cabo San Juan de la Guia, we were provided with a tent and these dirty and dusty mattresses that basically decorated the tent floor. They did not provide any cushioning. It was exactly like the “inflatable” mattress situation all over again.
Secondly, the bathroom situation at Cabo San Juan de la Guia was every OCD nurse’s worst nightmare. There were about 100 people staying at this site and there were only 4 smelly, grime-ridden, unisex bathroom stalls with no toilet paper. And there was only ONE SINK for the ENTIRE campsite. SERIOUSLY! ONE SINK!! The shower situation was worse with only 4 unisex shower stalls WITHOUT DOORS so that everyone can watch you shower. Of course, you have to shower with your bathing suit on but it is quite strange soaping and washing yourself in front of members of the opposite who are not your significant other. I felt as if I was giving a free show.
Dirt and bugs just come with camping. I am a wet-wipe and bug spray mega-user.
But camping at Cabo San Juan de la Guia is actually worth all of the trouble! Here's why....