Crimes and pie

Huh?! We took a very quick camping trip to Green Point a couple of weeks ago. We wanted to find out how Scout would fare in a tent – or how we would fare with her at close quarters in a tent, and if she’d be a happy camper…

Well, we needn’t have worried! Sticks and branches to chew? Check! Other dogs to grumble at? Check! Tasty tidbits that “fell” off our plates? Check! Scout didn’t wake up at the crack of dawn? Check! (Phew!)

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A happy camper

Two nights of camping, and a chance to try out a new tent. A new tent? Isn’t your old tent a recent addition? Yes, and it is/was a perfectly fine tent, but some #*@* broke into our storage locker and made off with bits and pieces of our camping gear, including the flysheet. Not sure when the crime took place, but I’m glad I was packing the day before, and not the day we set off, so had just enough time to stop and pick up a new tent. Just because somebody else made a poor choice, this wasn’t going to spoil our fun – but it did put an unwanted dent in our bank balance.

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Rain later?

Anyhow, we had a fine time, glass half full and all that. On the Saturday evening, Wayne from Tofino Photography  joined us for a gourmet meal of hotdogs, chips, and pumpkin pie. Gourmet?! Not so much, but food does taste better cooked outdoors, and I have to say, store bought pumpkin pie is one tough product. It was tossed about in the back of the Jeep for a couple of days, buried under loose gear and other edibles, yet maintained shape and flavour when we finally got round to eating it. Scout would have had several slices, but not if she wanted to share a tent with us overnight.

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Time to fill glasses

We had great weather on Saturday, and had hoped to have a dry spell all the way through to Sunday, but it wasn’t to be. We had to break camp in steady rain, but can report our new tent, bought in something of a rush and unresearched, was very much a dry on the inside tent. Mind you, our previous not so old tent was also a sterling dry on the inside tent. Alright, I’ll get over it, glass half full…

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But no rain earlier!

Now we know Scout is a happy camper, we will plan trips further afield to quieter and more remote spots. And when Wayne joins us next time, we’ll go a few steps better than “gourmet” hotdogs – the weekend above was Canadian Thanksgiving, and I think the sausages contained turkey, but apart from the unbreakable pie, we might have committed a culinary crime…

I’m heading out to an off the grid location for a few days, and will catch up with your blogs when I get back next week. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!B7C06A23-D7C7-487C-9015-5EBDC61A0225

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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

19 thoughts on “Crimes and pie”

  1. This brings back happy memories of camping with our malamute. She loved the tent. Unfortunately, she also loved our mattresses, and one of us usually woke up on the ground while Shar snoozed in comfort.

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  2. Sounds like you had a good time other than the ‘”robber” who made off with your gear. Your story makes me miss having a dog but cats are my current choice for now. Lucky you for having a camper dog! I haven’t seen Wayne post for a while, I miss his photos. Have a great weekend!

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  3. I had a great time visiting you four at the campsite, pc. Glad to see Scout was a happy camper, and the pumpkin pie sounds like a great camp-side dessert. Sorry to hear you had to buy a new tent, but as long as the glass is half full, at least it kept you dry. Hope your off-the-gridding is going wonderfully. Cheers, my friend–

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    1. Thanks, Jet! Yup, trying to keep glasses half full (or more) – your positive example from the past year shows us what real resilience looks like…
      Scout is indeed a happy camper, as she appears to be in all things, so long as there’s something to chew (or pie!)
      Had a wonderful off grid adventure, and will share some of that in a post in the near future.
      Hope all is well with you!

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    1. Thanks, Walt! The nut brown from Spinnakers was so good we had to purchase a few more bottles to ensure the quality was still high (it was!)
      Hope all is well with you, and you’ve been having a pleasant week.

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  4. Love the photos, especially the shot of the happy camper!! The discovery of your tent missing was an awful beginning to the trip, but it looks and sounds like everything else was wonderful – great company, beautiful scenery, a happy dog and great food (everything does taste better cooked outdoors). How wonderful you guys have a great travel companion in Scout and I wish Gabby had traveled better over the years. Love the fabulous Spinnakers label and name and hope you had a great weekend!

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    1. Bob, your comment made me laugh! Those pint glasses were a freebie picked up at some event or other, and they make us look way higher end than we really are. Main thing is, the beer stays cool…
      Hope your week is going well!

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  5. Looks like a beautiful place to put up a new tent. Bummer about the old tent. We can sympathize. When we closed down our apartment we gave away one of our 2 tents. When we got on the road and put up the tent we had kept – we discovered we gave away the wrong tent! The one we gave away was a spacious 2-person tent and what we had was really a 1-person (or 2 children) sized tent. We were not so merry as you with that “glass half full” philosophy.

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    1. I enjoyed your wrong tent story – and I can see how it could happen, it being the sort of thing I’d do. Not a fun way to find out, and even a glass half full can’t help much! Your recent camping stops have been pretty good!

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      1. We used that little tent for a year and spent a lot of nights squeezed into it, but when we contemplated more camping a few years ago, we replaced it with a slightly larger 2-person tent. Relief! Mind you, it’s still the smallest tent in all the campsites we’ve visited but a few extra inches width in the size makes a world of difference.

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  6. What a bugger about the thieving PC, that’s too bad. However it sounds as though you all had a good time, especially Scout. She’s got the taste for camping now no doubt, much like my Harry. Take care.

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    1. Thanks, Miriam! Yes, I wouldn’t mind having a word with the thieving so and so, but I doubt we’ll ever find out who it was.
      Scout sure is a happy camper, and as you’ll know with Harry, having a dog along on a camping trip keeps you laughing – and on your toes when there’s food around…
      Hope your week is going well!

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