Didja notice a tent in the previous post? Didja, huh? Didja?
In case you missed it ...
I know it seems weird (mostly because it is) for two
seniors to sleep in a tent in the wilds when they have a perfectly good
cottage at their disposal. But they ... er ... we do.
Although there are more than 100 acres of forest, we pitch it in the yard not too far from the house. We can enjoy the great outdoors but also be near the safety of the cottage. This is pretty deep country after all, and on more than one night, we were awakened by the loud yipping of a pack of coyotes. I don't know how close they were to us, but they were very loud. I also heard the faraway howl of wolves a few times.
We gave away our previous tent a few years ago because it was rather confining, and our aging bodies were finding it difficult to get in and out. It was also a hassle to put up. But this summer, I found an easy-to-put-up tent on sale. I made sure that it was a decent size and trusted the advertising that it would go up easily and yet still be sturdy and waterproof. Thankfully it proved to be just that.
We had tried it out back in August and were getting pretty good at putting it up in our autumn visit. It did take us longer than the advertised minute, but not much longer.
The poles are already attached, so they just have to be clipped into place: easy peasy. ↑
Sue was soon inside making sure all was ready for the first night. ↓
However, we were not quite as prepared as we might have been. The first night in late September was pretty darn cold — going down to 5°C/40°F. We were a little unprepared for that degree of cold and spent a very uncomfortable night. However, we prepared better for the second night with hoodies and extra blankets, and we were fine for the next seven nights.
At night, I lay there all snuggled in my sleeping bag and gazed at the stars in the clear, moonless nights. Gradually, my eyes would succumb, but I would force them back open to gaze in wonder for as long as I could.
On two nights I took my camera to bed with me, so that I could snap some morning photos through the screens. Not a bad view, eh?
Altogether it was fun, and we slept very well on an air mattress, which was arguably more comfortable that the cottage beds.