Why I don't camp - quilter confession

I have a confession to make so I hope you are ready.  I lack the camping gene.  That's right, this quilter here doesn't like to camp at all.   I know that you camping fans are booing and throwing things at your computer.  I'm not proud of it but let me explain why I don't camp.

I  camped years ago in a galaxy far far away.  My parents brought us on camping trips in my youth.  My Mom was pretty excited about cooking over a camp fire.  I wanted to go to restaurants.  We all slept in the same camper with the night air streaming through.  I wished I had been left at home.  My favorite part of that trip was the night it poured rain and we had to stay in a hotel plus eat at their dining room.  Finally!

As an adult I camped with my girls at Girl Scout Camps.  I did it to be a good Mom but does it earn you points when you are counting the minutes until it is over?  I had to use the washroom in the middle of the night.  This involved climbing down from the bunk, getting a flashlight and walking by myself, on the lookout for bears. to the slightly stinky latrine. Did I mention I was walking alone in the dark?

I also took showers on both of these experiences.  Again you walk a fair distance to clean yourself and get completely redressed to walk back.  I know I am missing something but quite frankly I just don't get the fun.

I prefer to make my life easier not harder and cooking over some fire doesn't do that.  I like really nice, clean and private bathrooms just for me. Hey, I've seen scary camping movies and quite frankly they make me really apprehensive.camp1 And I hate bugs or dousing myself in Deet.  I think I've explained why I don't camp.  Hmm, you're wondering what do you like to do outside?

What about sewing outdoors?  No thank you!  I like to be super cool while I sew and not fight insects over space on the cutting table.  It's why I love sewing and quilting - they are Winter sports, Spring sports, summer sports and fall sports!  OK, they are my sports at least.  Sortof sports?  No?

I love travel and family activities.  I like cities, museums and plays.  I really love inside activities with air conditioning.  Admit it, it's fun to not sweat!

I like swimming pools, concerts and bus tours of new places.  I like new restaurants, old restaurants and quite frankly any experience that gets me out of cooking. I do some other healthy things, in fact, I eat beets on a regular basis.

I have been living with this secret too long, the hidden shame of not being a camper.  I have seen your pictures and heard your stories.  I just would rather go to a quilt store.  Sleep in a hotel.  Have tea in the afternoon.

Don't hate me! We can sew together just don't ask me to get up close and personal with bugs, nature and humidity.  However, I will agree to eat a nice meal on a swanky outdoor patio free of mosquitoes or too much sun.  Now that's my idea of outdoor fun!

Sew happy! But indoors!

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    My passions are quilting and sewing. Add to that French, Spanish, books, swimming, travels, new restaurants, biking and chocolate and you have me. All of these are best shared with family and friends. Except for chocolate, I prefer not to share that. You can email me at QuiltingSewingCreating@gmail.com

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