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Camping, Day 1 (one week ago) - Elf M. Sternberg
Camping, Day 1 (one week ago)
We started out late. Given the heat wave, finding block ice was impossible but I found the next best thing: ten pounds of dry ice, along with a layer of regular ice to protect the frozen food from the CO2. I packed the roof of our trusty Escort wagon completely: four folding chairs, four sleeping bags, four bedrolls, and the tent, and then we packed the back of the wagon to the rooftop. I couldn't see out the back window, which is why I always buy cars with both port and starboard door mirrors. The car seemed less cramped than last year, probably because I was more willing to use the roof.

The girls were very well-behaved the whole trip down. The drive was routine, barely two hours with one stop for a leg-stretch halfway in. Bumper stickers are getting more stupid, however.

Seaquest Park Campsite 11 was nestled into the woods about twenty yards from the nearest outhouse, with some brush marking our separation from Campsite 12. The siting was lovely, although the mosquitos were dense enough to be frightening. The ranger told me it was the worst he'd ever seen it, so bad they were thinking of temporarily lifting their ban on spraying. Thank the scientist who discovered DEET, although the little buggers were ready to penetrate any item of cloth or skin where there was even a tiny patch uncontaminated by the stuff. The campsite was noisy, however, as there were a lot of kids in the park.

Omaha make fire!
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Omaha made a great fire. We grilled hot-dogs over the fire and passed around chips. Dinner is so simple when you're in the woods. We had purchased telescoping roasting sticks at REI and they may have changed my opinion about marshmallows; I usally loathe the things, but properly toasted I found them delicious.

We had forgotten our camping hatchet and dishrags, were much lower on citronella than I had thought, but no crises of terrible proportions. We had a sponge and paper towels, and the DEET was working for the time being.

There seemed to be a leak in our inflatable mattress. Hopefully it'll hold until tomorrow.

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lisakit From: lisakit Date: August 2nd, 2006 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't been to Seaquest in years.

How did the dry ice work out? How fast did it melt? Did having the regular ice help? I'm heading to camp up in Blewett with some friends the 9th-13th and we were debating whether dry ice would last longer than regular. We're talking fairly primitive camping so this is a necessary distinction.

BTW garlic - and *lots* of it - in the bloodstream helps keep mosquitos away, though it sounds like you would've gotten bitten anyway.

Weee! I'm going camping next week!
elfs From: elfs Date: August 2nd, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
The dry ice worked very well, but there are two things you have to do with it: first, you have to chill the ice bucket first. Fill it about halfway with water and dump an entire bag of icecubes in there, and let it bring the temperature down. Second, you must have a layer of regular ice between your food and the dry ice, or the dry ice will cause quick freezer burn. But it did last a good three and a half days before all the ice melted and the top of the cooler reached 40F.

The one thing is, dry ice is expensive, like five times that of a block. But it worked quice nicely.
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