For my birthday this year, we went camping out at Curt Gowdy State Park. I really love that place! We’ve been accumulating camping gear for a while now, but haven’t actually made a trek until now. So it was our first experience camping together AND our first time camping with the pups.
Lesson learned #1 – If you’re going to camp in Wyoming, where strong wind is the most common type of weather… make sure you don’t forget the tent stakes! Luckily, we weren’t too far out (that’s why we chose Curt Gowdy for our first trip… not too far from home if we needed anything or had any puppy emergencies)… so I ran home to get the stakes while Danny placed heavy objects on the tent to keep it from flying away and sat with the pups (and got sunburned).
As soon as we started setting up… all Finn wanted to do was help… Zoe not so much. She was content sunbathing in the grass :)
Lesson learned #2 – pups WILL get themselves tangled 100% of the time. We got two 30-ft training leashes to keep them contained… one was attached to to the picnic table, and one to this tree… but this still happened. And I have no idea how to solve this one. So I’m not sure it was really a lesson… except maybe the pups were schooling us. Also, Finn eventually chewed his way through his leash. Luckily not until we were cleaning up, but I noticed Zoe was freaking out looking across the street. I looked over at her, and then noticed Finn was nowhere to be seen. Looked across the street – he was just roaming through the grass as happy as could be with a 3-foot chewed-up leash tail dragging from his collar :/ It was great while it lasted though… pups were able to roam the campsite safely. Will have to figure out something less edible for next time.
Lesson learned #3 – Be careful where you hide your hot dog! Zoe learned this one the hard way. She tried to hide it… but unfortunately couldn’t hide the hot dog smell from Finn’s strong hound-dog nose :/
Lesson learned #4 – Puppies need puppy beds in the tent. :) We brought one little one… but figured we could use blankets other than that. Then the pups got so cold, Finn made Danny’s pillow into his bed (curled into a little adorable ball on top of it and Danny didn’t have the heart to kick him off). And Zoe ended up sleeping under a blanket in between our sleeping bags. Poor little puppy babies…
Lesson learned #5 – Come better prepared next time… but definitely plan a next time :) Absolutely loved spending time with my man and my pups in the beautiful outdoors!
Finished off my birthday with dinner at a friend’s house and the Talisman magical quest board game – we played for almost 3 hours and still didn’t even get close to finishing. Crazy magical games!