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JenEllen BS: The Joys of Camping (60* d) RE: BS: The Joys of Camping 22 Jul 04

Oh gawd, yes.

In addition to the riverrock-potatoes, you can add hockeypuck-biscuits and JIFFYPOP!!! That enormous balloon of tinfoil expanding over campfire coals, and the buttery smell that in a split second turns toxic because you've been impatient and burned the whole freakin' thing and all that is left when you slit the top is two or three edible kernels and a great blackened wad of cinders.

Worst family camping (Spaw should appreciate this) was when the entire clan went to Lake Michigan for a vacation. Little cabin in the middle of nowhere near Lake Hamlin (?). After a day or two of hot humid funk, us kids were bored stiff and starting to get into trouble. My cousin and I go into the cabin to get a drink. Inside, both my Nana and Auntie stop talking. Of course, we go "Whatcha talkin' bout???" They refuse to tell us at first, then swear us to secrecy before telling us that our campsite and cabin were the site of a grisly murder in the 40s, THIS WEEKEND is the anniversary, and my Auntie swears she saw the ghost of the murdered man in the campsite the night before.

We swore not to tell the other kids, so as not to scare them, then we ran right outside and blabbed. This was all according to my Nana's master plan---The grown-ups had a great time the entire week by taking turns scaring the living crap out of all of us: Uncle wakes up, sneaks outside, moans and shakes the tents. Dad wanders around the campground with a sheet over his head. Aunt waits until we are all just about asleep (we've shit ourselves and moved inside the cabin by then) and then keens and scratches the wall of the bedroom....etc. Dreadful.

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