Grab Your Sleeping Bags, We’re Going Camping!
It’s that time of year again - when people yearn to pitch a tent, longing to bask until the sun sets, and enjoy the campfire’s playful flames.
For me, this itch may have been a tad premature. Southern Utah weather had been baiting us with mid 80s. But the day my friends and I chose to camp out, the temperature dropped, settling at around 60 degrees during the day to below freezing at night. Despite this, we headed down the sandy road and found a cozy dispersed camping spot near some slickrock, protected by a nearby sandstone mountain. Or so we thought. My khaki-green 4-person tent danced in the wind as it howled past us, mocking us by throwing sand in our faces at every inopportune time. The campfire we had so carefully made had to be extinguished by 8:30 p.m. so as to not spark up a wildfire in the mix.
Yet through it all, the moon shone bright and kept our spirits high. A note of caution to others seems in order though: make sure you are prepared for the weather, and bring lots of water and sources of light! As for now, it may be safer to pitch a tent in your living room or backyard while you wait for a better time!
Here is a good place to learn more about camping ethics.