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Lessons I learned/verified on my recent camping trip.

Lessons verified:
  • Always pack like it's going to be winter (hee, "California winter") because it will be cold at some point.
  • Bring all the extra t-shirts, jackets, socks, undies you can possibly squeeze in the suitcase. They will get used.
  • Go ahead and bring every stupid cord for all the various electronics. You never know which you'll end up actually using.
  • Ha! Who needs a cell phone?
  • Always stay at a campground with a shower. It might be hairy/muddy or whatever, but that's why you shower without glasses and with flip flops.

Lessons I need to burn into my head:

  • Just make that stupid list! And be complete about it. While you're at it, do it before you get "vacation brain."
  • Shop before you get "vacation brain" too!
  • Only taking one of something essential but easily lost? Think again!! (Ugh, the day without chapstick will never happen again!)
  • I know you hate cash, but just bring more. Apparently, some people/institutions just can't let go of their crippling addiction to it.
  • Don't be shy about looking at an actual map of where you're going. And be sure to do that before "vacation brain" sets in.
  • Do not toy with or antagonize the Amtrak station volunteer "host" (who, I swear, whined to me "You're going to make the train laate!" when I wouldn't show him my ticket or move to the "right" spot for coach riders [20 minutes before the train was due to arrive]). The karmic bitch slap seems to result in crappy seatmate selection (I had to sit next to a smoke-lunged hacker who blared heavy metal and had a mountain lion rawring ring tone... all the way to SLC. Thanks karma!).
  • Really? You're going to pack brand new white socks for a camping trip? What, you were wishing you'd brought brown?
  • Gee, if I'd had a smart phone with a data plan I could have been making a shitload of innane social network updates on the whole trip (before I forgot all the good ones!). [I don't think I'm ready to learn this lesson.]
  • Yes, you have a lot to do before a vacation! Get to it!!

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