Adventures in Sequoia
Top 5 reasons why camping is better than being in an apartment:
1. Food always tastes better: We had quite the cuisine of tin foil dinners (due to lack of sufficient coals we were forced to adapt them to iron skillet dinners), peach cobbler, pancakes, sandwiches, hot dogs (actually polish sausage, which is definitely better after being roasted over an open fire)
3. Clean air: My lungs got quite the rest from the LA smog during our wonderful trip to the clean mountain air. Even the fire smoke couldn't dampen the wonderful clean air.
4. Darker at night: When I got home I tried to sleep Sunday night and realized that the city lights of LA make it rather hard to go to sleep after experiencing the wonderful pitch black nights in the forest. Plus when it's that dark you can see millions of stars.
5. Beautiful scenery: The breath-taking scenery from the top of Moro Rock was enough to make the trip worth it. The trees, river, and snow-covered mountains were much more beautiful than the congestion, parallel parking, and schoolwork of LA.
Top 5 reasons why an apartment is better than camping:
1. Hot water: Try doing dishes in freezing cold water at midnight. Hot showers, hot dish water, laundry, etc. Modern life conveniences surprisingly make life more convenient.
2. Light: Somehow we didn't bring a lantern with us on the camping trip. This may have been slightly easier had we not put up our camp in the dark. Being able to turn on a light switch and instantly have light certainly is easier than wearing a goofy head lamp for two days.
3. No bear boxes: Due to the black bear traffic in the park we had to put all of our food, toiletries, baby wipes, etc. in the bear box each night. Good thing we didn't encounter any bears because someone left the bear box open Friday night. How thankful I am to have a refrigerator full (well sometimes it's full) of food that I only have to share with Sara, no bears.
4. Insulated walls: Tent walls are rather thin and when your neighbors "the boys next door" and "The Andersons" are loud at night you can't help but hear everything they say and their snoring. Sadly the walls in my apartment are not much thicker than the walls of a tent as I went to bed on Sunday night and could still hear Jessica, Sara, and Josh quite well on the other side of the wall.
5. Soft mattresses: Now my mattress is not exactly a sleep number bed, in fact it doesn't even have a real box spring (thanks Jessica for your old mattress which acts as my box spring). But when I got in bed on Sunday night, I felt like I was sleeping in the best bed ever. Sleeping on hard ground with a half-an-inch thick pad below you is not exactly comfortable. In fact I think I may have several bruises from unwanted rocks under our tent.