My new tent is supposed to be a breeze to open.  “Two-minute set-up. Even a child can put up this tent.”  But the instructions didn’t say anything about people in their second childhood!

I got to the campground and watched in awe as the other campers swished and whisked and staked and raked.  Next thing I knew I was surrounded by a colorful array of large and small tents but mine was still in the bag.

I pulled it out, flipped it this way and that, and finally it opened. Before it collapsed on the spot, I grabbed the stakes, pounded them into the ground and secured the tent. (It took a lot longer than two minutes, by the way!)

Someone suggested I add the rain fly–just in case the weather turned. I threw it over the top of the tent and staked it as best I could.  I didn’t see how it would do much good, though, since it clung so closely to the tent itself.  Oh well…

Later in the week, another asked why I hadn’t used the rear tent pole. No wonder the rain fly looked so limp. There was nothing to hold it up.

I looked among my gear, but it wasn’t there.  Then I remembered.  When I opened the tent at home, I had set the poles to one side as I read the instructions.  Apparently I repacked the sack but left one pole out by mistake.

Oh Lord, it’s tough being a senior. Just when I think I have all my tent pegs and poles in a row, I find out I left one at home–and it’s often the very one I need most!




North Pole or South? — 8 Comments

  1. Karen I guess this was an “oh well” time. I have them all the time. I have an upper plate and use a foam pad to keep it from getting loose. I was out of them- guess what! every place I went that day, I saw people I knew-and talked & talked; hoping my denture wouldn’t slip. It did at times. “oh well!”

  2. I got a kick out of this one—glad I checked it out! You should know that I forget stuff all the time and I’m younger than you by 20+ years! And when camping? Sigh! All bets are off. I admire your tenacity to keep at it. I gave up years ago when it all became more than I could handle.

    • Thanks, Julie. It seems almost all my hiking friends, including me, forget something on each trip. But we’re all in it together so someone always has what someone else forgot. Good lesson for life, too!

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