Armed with bear spray, we headed west to the mountains this past weekend. It was my first experience tenting in the mountains and I’m happy to report that I survived to tell the tale. The bear spray was not needed. We were front country camping, not backcountry (I have to work up to the backcountry!) so our campsite was in a fairly well populated area however you still have to take the necessary precautions to avoid encounters with bears. We also went on a long hike through dense brush where I was certain we’d have a few bear sightings, but fortunately nothing.
I grew up camping in my family’s tent trailer. Being the only girl and the smallest, I slept on the table. I have fond memories of family camping trips until the notorious spider incident took place. Long story short, somehow the camper became infested with spiders and to this day I maintain that they were crawling all over me one night. That turned out to be the last night in the tent trailer for me!
Fast forward many years and I’ve moved from sleeping on the table to sleeping on the floor of a tent! (A step down?) Fortunately we had an air mattress. And thankfully it cooled down at night. The temperatures soared to over 30 Celsius during the day.
I’m happy that I gave mountain camping a chance. I enjoyed getting out of the city and experiencing nature at its finest in beautiful British Columbia. I look forward to my next mountain camping experience!