See this picture here? It’s from the first time I went camping.
I know what you’re thinking: “But Jae, you don’t seem like the camping type.”
I’m not. But at the time, I was dating a great guy and he loved camping. How great of a guy was he? So great that I passed up the opportunity to fly to Los Angeles to interview Keanu Reeves.
So, we camped. And, while I loved the company, I pretty much hated the actual camping part. I know some people love it and enjoy getting back to nature. Nature can bite me. And it does. There’s not enough insect repellent to keep away all the mosquitoes, gnats and chiggers that love to feast on my blood.
The second and last time I went camping was a few years ago at a dear friend’s farm. Every year, she and her husband host a group of friends and neighbors to camp at their place. The kids go to an apple orchard. There’s a cookout, followed by drinking beers around a firepit (for the adults, not the children) and then sleeping in tents under the stars.
Did I make it sound like fun? It is. If you’re a kid and/or you like camping. We all know where I stand on this.
My friends love me and are amused by my aversion to camping. So, it has become somewhat of a joke — and they’re trying to think of ways to entice me to camp. At this year’s outing (that I didn’t go to), there was some good natured ribbing that I had invented a Korean holiday to get out of camping. (I know this, because the good natured ribbers told me. )
Oh ye of little faith. This photo’s for you doubters:
I love my friends, but I love my family (and Korean food) more.
But, honestly, I hate camping so much that even if there wasn’t Korean food involved, I’d skip it.
Now, that great guy I mentioned early on in this post? I married him. And he loves camping. My guess is that our son will love it, too. I look forward to them taking many trips together and enjoying nature and cookouts and bonfires and all that buggy stuff. But, without me. Trust me on this. Everyone will have more fun that way.
Me? I’ll be somewhere else, enjoying not camping, thank you very much.
What’s your view on camping? Love it? Hate it? Talk to me in the comments section below.
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