[Editor’s note: Gertie wanted to blog about her first camping trip. Who was I to stop her?]
I knew something was up when the stuff started piling at the bottom of the stairs. Some of the stuff smelled like my friend, Penny, so I was pretty excited. Anything that involves Penny is pretty fun.
Then my mom got my leash out, and I’ll admit, I went a little nuts. It wasn’t the running leash. It was the other leash. The leash that means…
Daddy rolled down the windows so I could stick my head out. Sometimes it was scary, so I came back in.
We drove for a while. Daddy and Mommy kept looking at these papers. I wondered what they were up to.
We got out of the car and I saw a lot of stuff in the air. It smelled funny. Kind of like sausages. But then I saw there were some people I knew there. Auntie Erika [Roomie] and Christi [DD Girl] were there. I love those girls.
Daddy and Mommy got out chairs and joined them.
They were all talking and drinking the stuff that makes them laugh a lot.
There were so many smells.
I decided to check out the joint. You know, inspect it to make sure it was ok. First I had to poop. I like to poop when I get somewhere new.
Then I discovered there was some tall grass.
I had never played in grass like this before.
I loved it. It seemed like the perfect place to chill out and keep an eye on the people.
Daddy even got a new toy out. It was kind of like a ball, but flat. It was kind of hard to figure out how to pick it up and bring it back, but I got the hang of it quickly.
Then, Mommy and Auntie Erika took me on a walk. There was lots of goose poop on this trail. I was very interested in it.
When we got back, Christi got out this weird thing. At first I thought it was scary, but then I realized what it was. It was a crate for people. They even put small beds in the crates.
I was down with that.
I remember when I had to stay in my crate a lot. It made me feel better about being in a new place. That must be why the people had them there.
I wondered when they would get in their crates. Usually the people told me when to get in my crate. Who would tell them to get in their crates? Maybe that was my job?
I decided to worry about that after dinner.
There was a lot of food to check out.
The food made all the people happy.
I got a few bites here and there.
It was kind of like when my mommy and daddy have people at the house.
Only we were all outside.
And then even my food got put in a bowl. I was kind of surprised to see it there. And I wasn’t all together sure about eating it.
Don’t tell anyone, but after I had fun playing, I started to get a little nervous.
The people were getting louder and loud people scare me.
To make matters worse, mommy put me on a long leash attached to the ground.
She said it was because it was going to get dark and she didn’t want me wandering off.
I thought it was mean.
But she was right. It did get dark.
I really didn’t like the dark part.
The people seemed to have a good time and the warm smelly thing they sat around got big and red.
I stayed away from most of it.
Some of the people looked like they needed to be put in their crates, if you ask me.
Finally, my mommy decided to get in her crate, and guess what?! She invited me in too. I got to sleep right up by her head. She never lets me sleep there. She said I was keeping her warm.
Then daddy got in the crate too. But he made the tent get really stinky and then tried to blame it on me. Mommy didn’t let him. She knew it was him and not me. I love my mommy.
In the morning, I decided I really wanted to stay in the crate, even after mommy and daddy got out.
But then I discovered that Auntie Erika was still in her crate.
If I haven’t told you, Auntie Erika is one of my favorite people.
She used to live with mommy, and sometimes when mommy wasn’t home, Auntie Erika gave me food and cuddled with me.
It was time to see about getting in Auntie Erika’s crate.
You know, camping was fun and all, but mostly I was just glad to get home.
Until I heard mommy and daddy saying I stink like campfire and I might get a bath.
Maybe next time, I’ll leave the camping to the people.