Worst Camping Trip
Carol Kelley (ckelley@CAMBER.COM)
Thu, 21 Aug 1997 13:27:18 -0500
The posts about Cub Camping and Worst Meals prompted me to post this story.
Last May, (1996) my husband and boys decided to forego Cub Adventure
Weekend and do a fishing campout on their own. The main reason behind this
being my husband is a large man who doesn't tolerate heat well and also has
sleep apnea and requires electricity for his C-Pap machine. They also
planned it so they could stay longer and I would have four blessed days to
myself at home!!
We made reservations at a Camp here in Alabama on Lake Guntersville called
Camp Ossawintha. Both my husband and myself had been there when we were
younger and remember it as a nice place. (Years cloud memories). The camp
manager assured us that the cabins had electricity and were air conditioned.
My husband borrowed a boat from a friend and a truck to haul it with. (The
friend told us that the boat took on a "little" bit of water, but he had a
pump and just to run the pump every once in a while and they would be
fine.) They packed up their gear and headed on their merry way.
I get home from work on Thursday night to begin my four day weekend of
quiet and I get a phone call from my husband. They had forgotten my
husband's blood pressure medication and my son's ADD medication. So, I hop
in the car and drive an hour and take them the medicine.
That wasn't too bad. I head back home, and start getting ready for my yard
sale that I had planned for Saturday. In the mean time, my husband and my
sons start the adventure. They launch the boat and tie it up to the dock
at the camp. Then they grill out hamburgers and enjoy the evening. They
go down to the boat to do a little fishing that evening and the boat has
three inches of water in it in only three hours!!! They run the pump and
go fishing. When they get in they head for bed. They turn on the air
conditioner and it is blowing hot air!!! They open the windows however,
and it is not too bad. My husband gets the boys settled down, goes to
check on the boat once more and has to pump it again. He finally decides
to crash and goes to plug in his C-Pap machine. There is not a 3-pronged
plug in the whole cabin!!!
To say the least, between pumping out the boat every three hours, no air
conditioning, and no C-Pap machine, my husband does not get much sleep.
They get up the next morning and do a little fishing and decide to forget
the whole thing and come back into town. They had promised me a weekend to
myself and true to their word, they checked into the local Holiday Inn for
the rest of the weekend. However, because there was a phone available
close by now. I got phone calls every couple of hours.
Now back to my weekend by myself. I said I was having a yard sale, so to
make it bigger, I invited family members to bring stuff. Well, my
sister-in-law brought mounds and mounds of unsorted, unpriced stuff for the
sale, and to "help" me my 11 year old niece spent the rest of the weekend
To say the least, this was the worst camping trip/quiet weekend we ever had.
Did I mention it rained the morning of the yard sale???!!!!
BTW, This brings up a question. If I can talk my husband into going to
summer camp one year, does his use of a C-Pap machine for Sleep Apnea fall
under Disability Guidelines and require the camp to provide him with
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