I came back Monday afternoon from a three-day/two-night Camp Backus weekend with @CodieBaldwin, @andrewsitter and Julie. We had a great time despite there being a fire ban due to drought and an excessive amount of mosquitos.
I had worked overnight and hadn’t slept but I managed to stay awake until sunset our first night. I’m a champ.
The weather was great. It was super hot and the humidity didn’t help but somehow Julie and I managed to sleep in that tent without suffocating!
After tents were set up, it was time to eat. Julie and I roasted hotdogs for her. We were only allowed to have a fire if we needed it to prepare food.
Judging by the photo, I would say that Julie really enjoyed the roasted wieners. What do you think?
While Julie ate her hotdogs, Codie and Andrew were putting a little propane barbecue together. It was a little bit complicated but they managed to get it together!
Codie, being the culinary genius that he is, cooked us hamburgers. Mine was a veggie burger, of course. Hurray for vegetarianism – even during camping!
The following day was spent at the Port Dover beach. This is where I learned I disliked beaches. Too many people. Too many hippos in bikinis. Too many olden men in speedos. I much preferred the pool on the campgrounds.
That night, we took Julie on a ghost tour. Camp Backus is a conservation area donated to the city by John Backus, after his death. The Backus house still stands on the grounds as do the graves of the Backus family. It was truly a mission to take this photo. This was as good as it got.
While on the ghost tour, I thought it would be really funny if Codie yelled “Oh My Gosh!” and we all ran, as if a ghost was after us. However, karma, true to her nature, bit me in the butt and while running I tripped and rolled down a hill. I now have a big purple bruise on my leg!
We ended the night with a multicoloured campfire. We bought this package of magic that, when thrown into the fire, changes the flames into different colours. The racoons came out and tried to smuggle food from us. They got pretty close. At one point, Julie and I hid in the car because they were getting too close for comfort!
We went to bed a little after midnight. It was quiet for a while and then we heard racoons coming back out of hiding and prowling our campsite for food. Luckily I had Julie to keep an eye out for dangerous racoons!
During this camping trip, we soaked up the sun, shopped in the small town of Port Rowan and met for lunch with my old roommate, Lindsay, at our favourite little spot – Moose Cafe. It was a great trip and I look forward to returning to Camp Backus next year!