Friday, August 21, 2009

not a camper


weekword pushed me into a corner this time! i have no choice but to confess that i am not a camper. it wasn't always this way. i loved to camp as a kid - this was the only time i got to eat cereal out of those cool mini boxes - and i have a great memory of the time my dad carted us to upper michigan for a week, only to find that upon setting up our nuclear orange tent in the middle of nowhere that my brother had no extra underwear. with my dad cursing at my mom (who had wisely stayed home) under his breath (no cell phones in those days), we got back in the car and headed over the canadian border to the nearest store, where there were no tighty-whities in his size, only blue. after a long line at customs with nothing to declare but blue briefs, we made it back to the campsite just in time for dinner. my dad set up his portable coleman stove, pulled out the frying pan and took off the lid, and of course, there was the missing underwear that my mother had carefully and thoughtfully packed for the entire week.

anyway, with time i became increasingly ill at ease at braving the elements overnight. the last time i got suckered into camping was when i was a graduate student in arizona. i spent one very long sleepless night somewhere near show low, waiting for those exotic desert beasts howling in the distance to find me for dinner. after grad school i started traveling full time for work, and discovered that i preferred to camp indoors, W Hotel-style...

if you're in the mood for some good weekend reading, check out the great feature of orly's one artist journal in the new issue of artful blogging and thereza's thoughtfully written post on copyright considerations. happy friday!

27 comments:

●• Thereza said...

wooohoo i love it!! everything about it!
the text is hilarious too (laughing hard)

just posted mine :)

~Valentina~ said...

Oohh Aimee, you and your stories! *LOVE* it. Honestly, I'm not a camper at all... indeed the first and last time I went camping was a few years ago in Lakeland, FL. I prefer to omit the details of the experience ;)

Kelly C. said...

LOVE! blue briefs! what a souvenier!!
*)
as always, i love your doodley-doooo illustrations!

ambika said...

I think they put something in the water out here that makes camping a de rigeuer activity.

ADonald466 said...

I'm with you - I like my comfort and en suite toilet!!

Christy said...

What a terrific story!

Nicky Linzey said...

I know exactly what you mean that's why I can do it for one night only! Great story.

Veja cecilia said...

I´m not a camper myself, just to many bugs, to cold and to much air. but I do wish I was. I like nature but really love to come home to my bed!

Sandra Dieckmann said...

hahaha! Thats what my boyfriend says everytime I tried to sleep in a tent with him. Ja ja

Alexandra Hedberg said...

Hahaha!

...so you are no camper. I am! I sleep like a baby eat like a bear and enjoy myself like like hm - can't think of anything to write here

Cris Siqueira said...

you now do like your mom!!
i've never camp in my life and i think i wouldn't enjoy that a lot! rather be indoors too!!

have a great weekend!

la ninja said...

I'm pants (ha!) at camping too...

SweetbriarStudio (Christie) said...

Oh my gosh, I am laughing! What a great story. I swear it was only yesterday that I was telling my husband that camping as a kid was one of my fondest memories. And still, after 11 years, he has been unable to convince me to go with him. The buzzing of mosquitos in my ear all night? With every little 'feeling', ripping off the sleeping bag to see where the spider is? NO THANKS :)! But thank goodness you went as a kid and had that story to take my mind fully off of pdf file conversions!

Ces said...

I think it's interesting that you loved camping because you got to eat cereal from the mini boxes!

I love camping! I am a Girl Scout and I associate camping with meeting Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from all over the world. My favorite memory is December 1973. We spent New Year's Day at the First Asia Pacific Regional Jamboree. We had our tents in Mt. Makiling and our campsite was sloped. There was a downpour and a mudslide and we found ourselves at the base of the hill in the middle of the night soaked in mud in our pajamas. HAHAHAHA! We were encouraged to KYBO (Keep Your Bowels Open)HAHAHA!. Our patrol scribe was this hoity toity girl who wore bedroom sleepers complete with curlers and we cooked rice and it was not done so we asked her to get banana leaf to help cook the rice and she came back with some poisonous leaf! HAHAHA! Oh man. I love camping. What memories. My kids are more into lodge camping.

peggyfussell said...

Oh my god, I am laughing so hard! That could totally have happened to me!!
And I am right with you camping at the W Hotel...I'll meet you at the bar for a glass of wine .

daisy janie said...

Oh man, I could share some camping escapades with you from my childhood...and I mean escapades in the nastiest sense of the word. And, this past trip was almost alllll tent. There were a few glares and mean words around day 7 - but on day 8, as we began heading east toward home, heat, salad and sun, everyone cheered up! We were still 3000 miles from home....but just the idea that we were heading home was enough.

Caroline said...

Oh what a hilarious account! Give me a nice luxurious hotel room any day!!

Candied Fabrics said...

I am SO WITH you on this! Especially the W hotel part! That being said, my hubby & boys like camping, and it IS cheaper. We spent 8 days camping in yellowstone, (blogged here: http://candiedfabrics.wordpress.com/2009/07/25/return-from-yellowstone/) and that, combined with a heckuva lot of driving, took me 2 weeks to recover from! Not a vacation, that's for sure!

And, yes, that little tent piece is just awesome!

Fruenswerk said...

G-sus girl...hihi not a camper...haha I love it :)

Bella Sinclair said...

WAAAAAAHHH! Oh, this is PRECIOUS! And the timing was perfect. Were you spying on me??? I LOVE that Canadian underwear story. HA! That's where I keep all my underwear, are you kidding?

OMG, what is up with Ces!? Sliding in your sleep and getting mudsoaked, almost ingesting poisoned rice, and she calls that a great time? Well, we all know she is a masochist. wink wink, ces!

I am petrified of bears, especially ones with pawprints THAT big. So my friends took me to mountain lion territory instead. Wonderful. I'm thankful to announce that the only things that ate us alive were the mosquitoes. We slept on a slope and woke up all squashed at the bottom. But the kids had fun, and that's the most important part. Would I do it again? Maybe. I discovered a beachfront camping site where the most danger is probably getting pecked to death by gulls. That, I can handle.

S.E.Minegar said...

great story! i always romanticize camping, but when it comes down to it, i'm a wimp. i just can't deal with mosquitoes and swatting to pee! haha!

Anairam said...

Hahaha! Now I see why I'm your kind of gal! I loved the story about the underpants - I have a tendency to pack that way - finding all kinds of clever nooks and crannies and then having to spend the first day of the holiday trying to remember where I put things ...

L'Atelier said...

i am not really a camper either- well havent really done it for years!
love the drawing- especially the big dangerous prints! the text just made me laugh!
fantabulous mr.artsyville!

BloggingQueen said...

See, the trick (other than staying at the W) is to camp somewhere that *resembles* the wild without actually, you know, being wild. Somewhere there is a non-disgusting, indoor bathroom so you don't have to hold it for 72 hours. And somewhere without mosquito megalopolises, somewhere the bugs don't grow bigger than the pad of the finger you use to squash the bug.

Oh, wait. I guess that's the W in Seattle.

Kirstin said...

That's the only time I ever got those cool mini cereal boxes too! I still go camping but mostly for the sake of my kids, and I buy mini cereal boxes to take along. It's an awful lot of work for the grown ups. I thought it was all just fun when I was a kid.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Mwa-haa-haa! This illustration is fabulous!

joanne said...

i LOVE this... i'm one of those really odd people who has never actually been camping and has no desire to go camping... as much as i LOVE being out in nature all day (and even into the night0, i equally LOVE the hot bathtub, cup of tea, and soft, dry, warm bed at the end of the day...

:)