California Camping in the Great Outdoors

When I think of camping, I think of beautiful clear blue skies, the hot summer sun, and the great outdoors. And, this has been the case in most of my camping experiences. They all start out on a warm day when the sun is shining and there is an excitement in the air.

My boyfriend and I decided to take a little road trip to an unknown place in California to go camping. At first everything was running smoothly, we went to the store and picked up a tent, got some propane tanks in order to cook on a mini stove we found, and picked up all the essential snacks and food. But, as we were getting to our destination, dark clouds started appearing and I started to get a little worried as I opened up the window and felt a small droplet of water hit my hand. I checked the weather report on my phone and it said storms were estimated for the area. We decided to go on anyhow with this mini-adventure. As we were driving, all I could think about was the approaching storm and the fact that our camping trip was going to turn into something that I had not planned for. Well, as luck would have it, it did start sprinkling, and then it started raining, hard! As we were driving through rough terrain in our old jeep, the car began to swerve from all of the water. I have to be honest, it was a little scary, but it was exhilarating as well. Driving to an unknown destination and getting rained on in the middle of nowhere, all tucked away in the comfort of our own car. Well, soon enough as the rain started, it ended with a halt. All of a sudden, there were clear blue skies as far as the eyes could see and I was struck with awe at how beautiful everything looked. As soon as the rain began to dry up, we got to our destination.

I was thinking how great our luck was when I suddenly spotted two bears right smack dab in the middle of the road. They were rather large and just stood there for a moment. I have never seen two bears at such a close proximity. As soon as I could register what was happening, they both ran off and that was that. I guess it goes to show you can never know what to expect while camping!

By: Monique 


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