Sunday, January 22, 2006

Winter Camping Austin and me went camping at Turtle River State Park last night. Winter camping is cold! It got down to 5 degrees F. It was pretty windy out, but we found a campsite in the trees so it wasn't too bad. I need a down jacket and some down booties for sure. I also need a four season tent. The bivy sack felt like a death trap. It's bad enough in a mummy bag, but then to put another restrictive bag around that is too much. It was warm, but I got little if any sleep. Overall it was a fun experience, and I can't wait to do it again using what I learned from this outing. Here are the pics:

Home for the night. Easy to set up, but to small for me. Good for an emergency when you don't plan on having to camp out.

I need one of these, minus the feet sticking out.

After we set up camp we started to make supper. These MSR stoves are amazing!

Spaghetti, it's what's for dinner. Mmmmm.

After a good hour, lots of matches and half a roll of toilet paper we got a fire started. Need to work on my fire building skills.

Put another log on the fire Austin.

Midnight snack of Pop Tarts. Brown sugar cinnamon flavor is the best.

Austin obviously ate too much. "He's gonna be a soccer player, he is, he is"-Billy Madison.

Off to bed. It's gonna be a cold night.

14 comments:

brian said...

That's a very small 'tent' you have there. :)

Reminds me of when Brooks, Robb, and I all slept in a one man tent at the Norba Nationals in Red Wing. Except it wasn't 5 degrees out.

But we looked much more gay I bet.

Brooks said...

I never knew yoga was a spectator sport before our trip to Red Wing.

Lane said...

Why? Why would you want to do that? Grow Up! I hope you had a lot of peppermint schnapps to keep those insides warm. It tingles when it goes down like what happens when you "accidently" swallow Listerine.

brian said...

I still have those pics of that girl that we took while eating the pasta buffet.

"Aahh, a dollar."

Brooks said...

Robby ate like 62 powerbars that weekend.

brian said...

I think those were the ones that we got free from the Red Cross after the flood.

Robby loved those things.

Jeff Kerkove said...

That's some good stuff ya go going on up North.

Ah Shucks, what do you know, we have no snow.

Happy, Happy
Joy, Joy....

Simmons said...

All that beautiful snow is melting. 36 degrees F right now. Soon I'll be able to work on my tan lines!

brian said...

Your tan lines are almost as pathetic as mine.

I should know, after the steamy shower at Jamestown.

Brooks said...

at least you guys get to ride without having to weak leg warmers. my legs haven't seen sun on a bicycle for like 2 years.

Dave said...

Austin and me???...for example...Nathan and I (hint, hint)are in agreement that improper grammar was used when starting your blog.

G-reg said...

I had the Fixie out MTB'n for a few hours earlier today, it was a bit chilly at 64F. So you like the MSR shoes, do you have any other recomendations? The chick and myself are regestering at REI and don't really know what Snow Shoes to ask for.

brian said...

Way to keep us updated on your life Vino. ;)

Looks like I will be coming home the weekend of Feb 10-12. We should plan a Hub night that Fri night (10th).

Simmons said...

Hub night sounds great. I hope I don't become a Hub burger myself before then.