Day 8: 29 km Lantzville to Parksville (Total:7987)

Trip Start Jun 19, 2009
Trip End Jul 05, 2009

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Paul and Stacy's yard

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

A crazy-making day with Karina's family (lol, Karina, GOOD crazy ;) ).  Lots of kid wrangling while mom and dad packed the trailer. Thankfully had a great night's rest in a real bed, and being at Karina's is just like being home.  Comfortable, and easy, but at the same time makes me happy I started earlier... I'm not sure I would have the patience for young children at my age!

I haven't trailer camped since I was a kid, and completely forgot how complicated it is to: 1. travel with kids (!) and 2. pack a trailer.  My gear all fits in a 30 litre backpack that weighs less than 25lbs (when properly packed) but 4 people, including two kids need a GREAT deal more, lol.

At about 3 - just as it started raining (of course) we were packed and hit the road. The plan was to stay at Coombs Country Campground with a bunch of friends, but the rain put a hold on that plan.  The campground looked ok for a big group, but with just us it wasn't going to be a good solution, so we ended up camping out in friends' driveway/yard.  Worked out great since the little people with us had people to play with and we had grown ups to play cards with ;)

Shortly before full dark I staggered... um, I mean walked... outside and hung my hammock form my first "not in my back yard" hang (Hey, it wasn't MY yard, and it wasn't the back yard! It was in the FRONT yard, lol).  Took me a while to get it centered but finally I was happy with it.  Just a small piece of advice... don't try setting up a new suspension system in the dark, under the influence, unless you want to spend enough time doing it that the group sends someone out to make sure you haven't died, lol.
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