Camping in the Rain

Sometimes, I forget how lucky we are to have a camper. It was given to us by Shayne’s parents and sits in the back of Shayne’s truck. I feel the most grateful when it rains and this past weekend, at Driftwood Bay, it was a tad rainy.
Here are a few other reasons why it’s awesome to have a camper:

 

1. You can leave clothing and camping supplies in there so all you need to sort is your food and drinks, hop in and go.

2. It protects you from the elements (rain, wind, other campers, etc…).

3. You sleep on a bed and not an air mattress (OR you sleep on cushions over the table- it depends).

4. No need to buy a cabin. You can wake up on any river or lake…as long as you can get there.

5. You can hook up electricity (plug in or battery) so you can have a few more luxuries from home and charge your devices.

6. When you are done, packing up doesn’t take forever.

7. You can decorate! 

Having a camper is not “roughing it” but when you do as much camping as us, it makes sense to have something like this. It’s basically a small cabin on wheels. It may be worth it to check the local Buy and Sells, Craigslist, Facebook or anywhere else to find a starter camper. You may need to fix a few things but trust me…IT IS WORTH IT. 

We were mostly dry when we were packing to in the rain and it wasn’t too terrible (we had a tarp up). Not sure if a camper is right for you? Borrow or rent one for a weekend.

 

   

  

  

  

  

  

Pemby Fest 2015

Talk about a good time. Woa. Pemby Fest did it again. I had a few friends stay with me, party with me, dance with me and rock out with me. It was amazing. It was also a little too hot for me but we had water and shade and drinks. I think the key is staying at home, with air-conditioning. Showering was key.
I was super lucky and got to see such acts as: Dakota Pearl, Billy Talent, War on Drugs, Bassnectar, Matt and Kim ( SO GOOD), Weezer, Beats Antique, Cut Copy, Janes Addiction, Alice Cooper, Ludacris, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Edward Sharpe, Run the Jewels, Portugal, The Man, The Black Keys, STS9 and MISSY ELLIOT.

We were in and out of VIP, which meant, cheap and free drinks and food. I owe everyone who contributed to the fun a big THANK YOU!

I cannot wait until next year!

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

Festering Fester Tips

Pemberton Music Festival starts tomorrow and I am super stoked! I love Pemberton. I love concerts. I love concerts in Pemberton! So, I wanted to share with you a few tips about Pemberton and festering fester survival techniques:

1.       Pemberton has a lot of amazing places to eat. I LOVE Mile One but what you need to know about them is that they are closed EVERY Monday. The Chinese food place WILL BE OPEN on Monday, July 20th (I love the staff and food)!


2.       There will be shuttles from the campground into Pemberton to stock up on food and booze but they only run in the morning and early afternoon. Details TBD.


3.       DRINK WATER. Pemberton is going to be a hot, hot, hot place and it’s easy to get dehydrated.


4.       EAT at the festival. There are a lot of food trucks but a lot of local restaurants will be there too.


5.       Pick up your garbage. We are in my backyard and it’s best to leave no trace (even when you are haggard and packing out).


6.       Party responsibly. It’s about the music and the fun and not all about the booze and the drugs.


7.       Remember that you are human and not an animal.


8.       Let’s all do our part in keep the outhouses clean and DO NOT PISS ALL OVER THE PLACE. I don’t care how wasted you are, clean up your mess you filthy pig.


9.       ADVIL IS YOUE BEST FRIEND.


10.   Take the time to stop and look around. You are standing in the most beautiful place in the world.

Pemberton (and a man) drew me in and I’m hooked. It’s a beautiful place full of amazing people and we are stoked to show it off. Remember that people (like e) call this place home and we ask that you respect it. Due to the heat and fire hazard, because when you are smoking. Don’t flail too hard because we want YOU to keep coming back.

   

30 Until 30

With less than 30 days until my birthday, I was really excited to write a blog post about how I’m going to spend the next 30 days. My plan included: fitness every day, eating clean, laughing, movies, music and more. Last weekend we were camping and had a great weekend. We hiked, swam, floated and had a really nice time at Birkenhead Lake and Mosquito Lake. Sunday, Shayne and I were talking about the forest fires and what to take if we got evacuated. The answer was: cats, laptops, money and valuables (whatever that means). 

Before bed we were talking about how great our little life together was with the camper and the new paint job in the bedroom and the cats….

I was suddenly awakened around midnight (not sure how) and noticed a neon orange glow out of the bedroom window. I didn’t know where Shayne was but I did see a HUGE FIRE coming from a home a few doors down. I’m not going to go into much details but Shayne was fighting the fire in his slippers, I was saving 1 cat and some valuables (Duffy hid under the bed), running around helping people and a lot of things were put into perspective for me.

We are SO LUCKY that nothing happened to our property and that no one was harmed in the fire. If there was wind, things could have been a lot worse.

Here are a few things that made me rethink my last 30ish days of being 29:

·Tell the people around you that you love them.

·Don’t take anything for granted because in as little as 15 minutes all of your belongings can disappear.

·Things are just things and can be replaced but lives are irreplaceable.

· The power of community is a strong force that elevates you from neighbors to family in a time of crisis.

· What you may think is important may not be. For example, I still have my “blankie” from when I was born and I didn’t even think to grab it when I was evacuated.

·Life can change in a snap. This may cause a permanent change in your soul and you need to accept it (and possibly get therapy).  

Everyone is lucky that they are alive and everyone will get back on their feet. The cause for the fire is still unknown and there are still many forest fires raging in the area. I PRAY FOR RAIN and that no one else is displaced this season.


   

              

Morning Rides

I don’t have a lot to report but what you should know is that it’s hot here. Really hot. I try and ride my bike early so I don’t get heat exhaustion. Yesterday I rode around Pemberton and this morning I met Sylvie, my trainer, for a pre-work Whitler ride. It’s always so peaceful first thing! 

I’m really enjoying being on my bike and I have new (neon green) pedals….thanks to Shayne! Here are some moments: