A simple camping trip? I can handle that, I thought to myself as my parents told me we were going to camp on our trip to Yellowstone National Park to save some money. We started out our trip like we do all of our trips by loading up the car and driving to our destination.
We drove all day and arrived in Laramie, Wyoming, where we checked into a hotel because it was too hot to camp. The next morning, we drove to our next destination — Canyon, Wyoming. We had a little trouble finding a place to put up our tent because our reservation was incorrect. We finally did find a spot in which we squeezed our tent.
After setting up, not much time had passed before we realized it was going to be a long night. It was in the low 40s and we didn’t have enough blankets to keep us warm. Being cold was not the only worry though. I was lying in my sleeping bag, when I thought I heard a bear. We had been told not to have food in our tent because it would attract bears.
When I heard a noise, I was certain it was a bear. Fear shot through my veins and I rapidly became warmer. I quietly told dad that I thought there was a bear outside our tent. He listened and told me it was not a bear, but someone snoring. Now that I thought about it, it did kind of sound like someone was snoring, but I still wasn’t completely convinced and didn’t sleep well.
The next morning, we had quite the time laughing about the ‘bear’ I heard and knew it would be a story to be told over and over again. We packed our camping supplies back up and took showers, glad the night was finally over. It started raining while we were at Old Faithful and continued to rain as we made our way to Grant Village. We decided that 32 degree weather and rain were not good camping conditions, so we slept in the van.
We left the windows of our van slightly open, so we wouldn’t suffocate. Right before we went to bed, my dad mentioned that he hoped a bear wouldn’t put his fingers under the glass and tear out the window, so my sister slept in the driver’s seat with the keys in the ignition. We all looked forward to hiking the next day.
While we do love hiking, we knew how much we could handle, so we took a boat across Jenny Lake. We had a great time and enjoyed seeing the animals. While we were waiting for a boat, my mom sat down on the dock because she didn’t feel well.
The boat came and we were next in line, but then, my mom passed out. My dad helped her up and some people got off the boat, so we could put mom on it. There happened to be a nurse on the boat and she checked mom’s pulse and urged her to drink more water. When we finally made it across the lake, dad helped mom walk back to the car. My sister, Amber, and I ran to the car and picked them up.
We decided that it would be best if we got a hotel that night in Jackson, Wyoming. We found a hotel, something to eat, and my mom started feeling a little better. We never did figure out why she passed out, but we think it was because she didn’t eat enough food.
The next morning we went white-water rafting. We almost didn’t get to go because we got lost. My mom, sister, and I were the only girls on the boat, with the exception of our guide, because we were rafting with boy scouts. It was not intentional that we went rafting with them. It was only in the 60s and the water was of course colder than that, but we had fun. I jumped into the water when I could. I was cold afterwards because the sun didn’t dry me off very well. We stayed in the same hotel that night.
The following day, we made our way back home. We stopped in Laramie that night and finally had the perfect temperature to camp. We did some shopping and called it a night. The next day, we drove back home. A simple camping trip? No way. A vacation for the record books? Definitely.
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