Camp Set-Up – Week One

Getting the two tents set up wasn’t too much trouble for Fox and their companions, the first larger tent was designed to pop-up into place making the installation of the tent in the camping space rather easy. The second tent, a smaller three person one, was for the teen so he could have his own space. Fox watched and gave advice as the teen set his tent up and helped when needed. It was a good exercise for the offspring, even if they weren’t living in a state of homelessness. Knowing basic camping skills was always helpful, regardless of the situation.

Initially Fox was worried that the teen would be frightened by sleeping alone in a tent, in the middle of a forest, so the larger and smaller tent were placed next to each other. The close proximity of the two would afford the feeling of protection and safety, yet still allow for some independence that teenagers often desire and require.

The most arduous task was hefting the coolers containing their food supplies up and down the small hillside to their camp every morning and evening. Living in what was considered to be bear country, the signage warning about keeping a clean camp was posted several places around the campsite. The last thing that Fox and their companions wanted was to wake up to a bear rummaging through their food. So each evening the two coolers containing food and water were taken to the vehicle to be locked up, and every morning they were brought back up to camp for the day.

Even though there was a fire pit at the campsite, cooking on it would not be easy, previously in the week rain had fallen in the mountains making all the wood available for gathering wet. For the first few days Fox used the small camp stove they had brought with them to cook on. It was the same stove that they had used while living in the hotel.

In preparation for their homelessness, Fox had packed one of their army footlocker with cooking supplies. It contained all the spices they normally used, as well as pots, pans and utensils, all of which could be used on the camp stove or an open flame. After the first few days of camp, Fox silently wished they had brought their cast iron cookware when they were forced out of their previous home. Yet the cast iron meant more weight, and the more weight in the trailer, the harder of a time, the small SUV would have towing. With a limit of 2,000 pounds and a trailer weight a little over half of that some hard decisions had been made before leaving.

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