Every year for Memorial Day, J and I go camping with a big group of friends.  [2015 w/ a relocation for a wedding] It’s the friends we met through so we didn’t used to go *together,* but now we do. It’s a fun transition to watch our relationship evolve. Anyway, the weekend is a great time out in the sun, by a lake, and usually involves a lot of trivial pursuit, corn hole, beer pong, sun-tanning and drinking.
This year did have 4/5 of our standard events, but I’ll leave you wondering about which one was only moderately enjoyed.
I requested Friday off, and J had it off from work already. So Thursday night we were all packed and ready to load things into the truck and boat. After a last minute trip to the grocery store, we were all set!
In order to budget for the needed supplies, I bought some things a couple weeks early. One hundred red solo cups, chips, vitamin waters, and cider (because I don’t like beer). That helped spread some of the cost out. We also agreed that I would be in charge of food and he would be in charge of fuel. So it evened things out without us having to compare pennies at the grocery store checkout stand.
Unfortunately, on the day I bought supplies in advance, I also did standard grocery shopping, and bought some new night stands so the total isn’t exact. Well, the night stands were supposed to be end tables, but they looked horrible in my living room. That’s a story for another time. So I don’t know the exact total of how much I spent on groceries, but I would estimate that it was about $150. $111 at Safeway and about $40 at Fred Meyer. Camping for four days can be expensive when it comes to food. But the boat and truck gas is quite expensive too, so I think mine and J’s method evened out pretty well.
On Friday, our friends showed up to carpool, and we hit the road (after coffee, of course). The drive was going really well, and we were joking about the time the four of us were boat-pooling and a tiny piece of the boat engine broke and we were stuck going 8 MPH instead of 30. Four hours later, we got to a marina (not the right marina), and they took a ferry and Uber home, while J and I got a ride from a friend, to go pick up the truck an hour away, to drive back to the boat, to tow it home, and hand it over to a boat-repair man. Bust Out Another Thousand, amiright?
It was all fun and games, until the truck hit one of the many potholes on WA freeways, and the whole thing started shuddering. That, my friends, is when this tire decided it didn’t want to go boating with us anymore.
The guys changed it faster than any tire-change we’d ever seen, and after a quick stop at Les Schwab (who provided EXCELLENT service), we were on our way again. Thankfully, the rest of the weekend went swimmingly. No pun intended. OK, pun kind of intended.
The weekend involved a lot of boating, lounging in the sun and napping or flipping through a magazine, and I even got some reading done in All The Light We Cannot See! Plus, because we were camping in a town, there were two Starbucks runs. I brought my trusty mini-coffee pot, but I couldn’t turn down a delicious white chocolate mocha at 7 AM.
Yes, 7 AM. That’s the difference this year than all of the years in the past. I was asleep before 11 every single night, and up around 6:00 every morning. SIX AM. What the heck?!
I also packed 24 ciders, and some vodka-cranberry just in case the ciders ran out. But guess what? I shared some of my ciders and still had three left when I got home. The vodka was still sealed, and the only reason the cranberry juice was open was because I was thirsty and didn’t want water, and then to share with some other people who were short on mixers. Even the cranberry juice came home 75% full.
What has happened to me?! This used to be the weekend of pretending I was still in college and day drinking without concern. I guess this is what it’s like to get old. The bonus, however, is that I wasn’t hungover at all. The con: On Sunday night I was asleep before 8 (I know, I’m ashamed of myself too) and missed Smores. It was a total bummer. In my defense, it wasn’t on purpose. I got into the boat to change into warmer clothes, saw the bed, and laid down for just a second… or 10 hours… Oops. I woke up a couple of times in the night and I know for a fact that everyone else was asleep by midnight. That made me feel like less of a loser, but geez. Getting old snuck up on me fast!
One of our friends, A, is from out of the country and he took me and another one of the guys, M, to the store to go grocery shopping for the fancy dinner and lunch he wanted to prepare for all of us. I wish I had written down everything A bought and then did. It was SO AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS! The first day was kebobs and the second was a spicy chicken over basmati rice. It was to.die.for. M helped with a lot of the prep work on the kabobs and I helped chop up 10 habanero peppers for the chicken. Just a reminder: Habanero peppers are hot and you need to REALLY wash your hands after you chop them. I successfully avoided touching my eyes, but I did have a cut from dry skin on one of my fingers that I thought had healed. There was a dull stinging there for hours. Ouch! Also, before we started chopping them, we told one of our friends that it was a tiny sweet bell pepper… He didn’t think it was as funny as we did. Don’t be like us. That was mean.
We got so much food, but it still wasn’t enough once everyone started eating. It was so good that people wanted seconds and thirds! Next year, we will have to double the meat. Also, I’ll have to convince A to give me the recipe because I need to make it again. It makes my mouth water just telling you guys about it.
So now you guys know, the moderately enjoyed element was booze (despite the plethora of alcohol in that photo). I would have never imagined that. Also, there were a lot of fun photos from the weekend, but they included a lot of bikinis and I don’t love the idea of photos of me in a bikini living on this blog for eternity, and I assume my girlfriends feel the same way. haha
Even without the 21 year old mindset, it was an amazing weekend with incredible friends. I so appreciate what MDW stands for, and it feel so special to spend the weekend with “family” every year.
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