Camping at Sandbanks Provincial Park was about to get interesting...
A Bad Omen
Trying to Salvage Plan A
Time for Plan B!
Pizza = Salvation!
At this point it was nearly 9pm. We got some recommendations on an independent pizza place. There was no way were going back in the (still pouring) rain to explore the town or seek out exciting food, so patronizing a local pizza joint was a nice compromise between trying out the local flavor and supporting a small business. Despite a cooler full of food, we really were stuck without a realistic way to cook it. We were able to salvage our camping food with the use of the ice bucket and mini-fridge.The next day was still windy and cool, but the sun was out. We made the most of our included free continental breakfast, despite being pushed around by a visiting church group with no sense of keeping a line moving. We managed to get toasted waffles with syrup, corn flakes and milk, coffee and juice. I always assume hotel buffets will be a write-off, so having a mini-breakfast we could eat was a huge bonus. We gathered things up and headed back to the campground to enjoy the day.
A Bit of Redemption
We did our best to experience something local, even in a small way, and we managed to make the best of our remaining time. We didn't have hours at the beach, but we had a wild and windy walk that our dog adored. We didn't BBQ or talk under the stars, but we had a good chat around the campfire. There were many moments of the weekend that were the opposite of relaxation, but we also arrived home a day earlier than expected which gave us extra time to get ready for the week and allowed us to create future relaxation. We tried to learn a few lessons for next time – mainly, that we should have given up at our first instincts instead of toughing it out for several unnecessary hours of misery. And now we try to look on the bright side – any time away is a break in routine, a chance to see the world differently, to think outside the box. And that's always refreshing even if it’s not always waterproof!
I'd love to hear from you - any camping disasters you'd like to share?
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