Reality bites...or hurts my hip and heart
I knew the camping trip wasn't going to be a luxury day at the spa...but I wasn't prepared for how it would effect my...well, dare I say it...old (?) body. Maybe old isn't the old...and I don't think out of shape is the word either...but I have this back/hip issue...that I don't want to get too much into, but it was around for most of 2018, despite all of the money spent at physiotherapy and acupuncture. It really restricted a lot in my life. When I found out that I was heading to Edmonton, I made a phone call to the miracle sports doc I met when I was heavy into long distance running and boot camping. He's great and he's one of those guys who actually doesn't want to see you, he wants to fix you ASAP. Within a few weeks I was relatively pain free and we had a plan for my camping trip and I thought all was well. HA! No way. Let me start with a quick rundown of a typical day of the trip...and maybe you can figure out why:
- pack up luggage/belongings
- take mat to Lando
- pack up tent (often by myself. tent was heavy, awkward and I learned that I was doing it wrong for about 11 days..oops!)
- pray to everything that you've rolled up your tent small enough so that it fits in the bag
- bring tent to Lando
- bring luggage/bags to Lando (my duffle bag sucked...so it ended up becoming about 4 reusable grocery bags)
- if you were on the packing team: pack the chairs, mats, tent, and luggage into the Lando. If you were late bringing your mat, tent, or luggage, you were responsible to pack it yourself. The mats are kept on top of the Lando...a good three meters high? Yikes.
- Eat breakfast
- Finish your duty, depending on the day: food prep, dishes, pots, etc.
- Help out others finish their duty