On the weekend the Wilson family went camping in the desert for the first time. We have camped quite a bit with our muppets in different environments. From the luxury tents in Tanzania to our cozy trailer in British Columbia we have had many wonderful adventures.
The truck was packed with all of our newly bought camping equipment, beach toys, pillows and enough food to last us three days instead of just one. We followed a caravan of friends out towards the camping spot, but as we headed further out of town the temperature got cooler and the wind got stronger. We started thinking that maybe it wasn’t the best weather to be camping in. We arrived on the beach and got out to assess the situation, it was really windy. There were a few other families already setting up their camps and we figured if we could use the truck to block out the wind, besides it was only one night and we didn’t want to disappoint the kids so we proceeded to set up our two little tents.
The muppets didn’t seem to mind the crazy wind blowing and played with all the other kids. It was really turning in to a wonderful afternoon despite the weather, but then 5:00 o’clock hit. The youngest muppet was ready to go. He is not our outdoorsy little guy, he only lasts so long on our out door outings before he has had enough and if there is sand involved you can usually cut that time in half! I think that the only reason the youngest puts up with a day at the beach is that he knows that he gets to go home to a hot bath and his nice bed. Today that was not going to happen.
He stood at the truck door trying with all his strength to pull it open, “Time to go Mummy” he said in his firmest voice. I told him that we were not going home tonight, we were staying here at the beach. He looked at me like I had spoken some other language. “No Mummy” he said with out loosing his incense focus on me. “You pack up and I will go sit in my seat, it’s time to go NOW” Again I explained to him the idea of camping and that we were going to have a campfire and hotdogs and sleep in the tent, he was not happy! The water works started it was like I had betrayed him in some way, I had tricked him in to thinking this was just another day at the beach and now he was stuck here with no hot bath, no bed and his nemesis sand. His hysterics finally subsided and he seemed to accept the fact that he was going to be here a while and went off and joined in a game of flash light tag.
The time finally came for bed and we put three very tired muppets down for the night. It was only a few hours after they went to sleep we were awoken by the middle muppet, he was sick. Thankfully it was only on himself and not on the rest of the tent! Using our mad parenting skills Dave and I were able to get him cleaned up and back in to bed before he even realized what had happened. I figured that we were golden for the rest of the night and hoped that we would get a few hours of sleep. Of course that didn’t really happen, middle man was up again with a fever and an ear ache and I, being completely unprepared for illness on our camping trip had nothing to give him. It was also 3:00 o’clock in the morning and I didn’t think any of the other mothers would appreciate me knocking on their tents to see if they had anything that would help me out.
The middle muppets cries soon woke the younger muppet, Dave quickly took the younger muppet to calm down while took the middle guy to sit by the dwindling fire and to try and cool him down with the breeze coming off the water. After nodding off in a camping chair for a good hour I figured that I might be able to get him back to sleep in the tent if I was lucky. We were able to catch 2 hours of sleep before the rest of the camp started waking up, The oldest muppet who had slept through all the drama was as happy as clam and ready to get playing. It was a beautiful morning and the sun shining over the ocean could put anyone in a good mood full night of sleep or not.
We enjoyed a lovely morning watching the boys play in the sea and soaked up a bit of sun ourselves. The camp was packed up quickly and the youngest muppet sat in the truck waiting patiently for us to be finished. We collected the other two muppets and set off for home all agreeing that we had a wonderful time and we couldn’t wait to go again but we were all ready for a hot bath and nap in our own beds!