Perhaps God was trying to throw me a bone for my windy/rainy experience in Moab because living in the Tetons couldn’t have been more perfect.
With my awareness about bears and colder climate, I tweaked my strategy slightly. Rather than housing my belongings in my car and sleeping in the tent, my tent housed my stuff and acted as a changing room, and I slept in my car.
As a result, I created the perfect base camp and what became to be my new sanctuary.
Living at the Tetons are some of my best memories while on the road. And since I’ve received a lot of questions from people about what I’m doing to camp, I figured what better time to share some things that have worked well for me?
- Car air mattress…so comfortable I got a minimum of 10 hours of sleep a night. Clearly this solution isn’t for everyone but my “fun-size” made it a really perfect solution for me to get out of the 30 degree nights. I was able to gaze at the bright Wyoming stars through my sun roof, too; pure bliss.
- Breakfast of champions…or babies? My old morning routine before work was to whip up a kale smoothie for breakfast. It made me feel great and became a sort of ritual. While on the hunt for something similar, I stumbled upon Shine Organics, organic fruit and veggie packets. I believe they’re actually for adults, not babies, but I now eat the baby food packets too. My favorite flavors are Purify and Calm.
- Sandwiches, sandwiches, and more sandwiches. This is my go-to lunch because I throw it in a Ziploc bag and can take it hiking with me. The variety has varied from turkey and Swiss to PB&J. My favorite sandwich, by far, has been Huckleberry jam (when in Rome…er, Wyoming?) and peanut butter.
- For dinner, my companion, YETI steals the show. It’s been a life saver to keep my dinners frozen. Before my trip I meal prepped steak, chicken, pork, and vegetables (kind of like fajitas, without the tortillas). A friend of mine gave me his Coleman two-burner propane stove that serves as the perfect kitchen for a home cooked meal.
Camping can make the most rigid of people, loose. Sometimes, actually a lot of times, things don’t go according to plan.
There are so many unknown variables when outdoors it’s impossible to account for them all. You may run out of water (like I did during my 20-mile hike in the mountains) or run into wildlife (had my scary, first run-in with a moose during that same hike) and you have to adjust and react, simply put. There isn’t time to get angry or upset about it, simply readjust and keep on living life.
A big reason I love camping and being outdoors is it helps you appreciate life in a different way. After three nights of camping in the Tetons I have a different level of appreciation for things like drinking water and electricity.
I’m finding the best way to appreciate the little things in life is to take them away. Only when you’re in a situation when it’s difficult to say, warm your body or drink water, do you realize how truly easy all of our lives really are.