THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Tent Campers of America, Untie! (That’s not a typo)

I’ve been misinformed.  In the noble days of camping yesteryear, tents were the only way any self-respecting camper would go.  Now it seems that most “campers” prefer taking their homes with them to the great outdoors, hauling TV, microwave, refrigerator, shower, electricity, chilled champagne and caviar and all the comforts of home with them to … Continue reading THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Tent Campers of America, Untie! (That’s not a typo)

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THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Hiking!

Striking out on a morning hike in the Cascades with the fam, the trail is initially clear, dry, and tantalizingly level. The sky’s an infinite bowl of blue.  Sam helps Josiah with his jacket and shoes. Sons Daniel and Nathan trade compliments and backpacks hauling chores.  The sun is warm. The breeze fresh. All is … Continue reading THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Hiking!

THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Resistance is Futile

Sleeping on the ground and a lack of hot water is getting to us.  A little punchy.  This morning I note that purchasing a tube of some vile-smelling substance called “Fire Paste” that some brain surgeon invented for “quick, clean fire starter.” Yeah, right.  And I’m the tooth fairy. The Directions I’m reading the directions: … Continue reading THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Resistance is Futile

THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Camp Cookery & Other Oxy-Morons

It seems my latest attempt at Coleman camp stove cookery earned the usual thunderous applause and rave reviews from the adoring masses. Noses wrinkled like raisins, the clan reacts to my latest camp concoction with predictable glee: “Yuck.  What IS this stuff?  What’re you trying to do, Mom, poison us?” “That’s Lowder campfire stew” I … Continue reading THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Camp Cookery & Other Oxy-Morons

THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Rookies, Robbers & Commandments

You can always tell a camping rookie. Especially if they’re camping at Mount Rainier National Park. Camping rookies  assume that weather in one part of the park is standard throughout. Not! It may 75 degrees at Ohanapecosh, where blue puffs of benign breezes muss hemlock hair. But Ohana’s elevation is 1,870 feet--significantly lower than most … Continue reading THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Rookies, Robbers & Commandments

THE FAMILY CIRCUS: ‘Nu-Wa’?

Stretching after a restful night on the cold, cruel ground, I open my eyes to a find ourselves surrounded by a campsite featuring chrome-and-dome invaders with names like Nomad, Tioga, Springdale, Prowler and the greatest affront to authentic camperhood known to man: Winnebagos.  Ugh. Adding insult to injury, it seems the campground is crammed to … Continue reading THE FAMILY CIRCUS: ‘Nu-Wa’?

THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Sneaky Weasels

For background, see: The Joys of Tent Camping & Wenzelisms. (March 20)   Now. As I was saying, the first order of business upon arrival at any campground is attempting to erect said “weather armor polyester and mesh” colossus into a semi-habitable overnight abode.  The second order of business is to avoid confusing “Wenzel” with … Continue reading THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Sneaky Weasels

THE FAMILY CIRCUS: The Joys of Camping (sort of): Wenzelisms

Welcome to the first post in our brand category, The Family Circus. Hold on to your hats. Don't forget to pack your sense of humor. Let's go! What are Wenzelisms? Well. Put those dictionaries away and pay attention.  You’ll never find the above in a dictionary.  That’s because “Wenzelism” not a real word.  At least … Continue reading THE FAMILY CIRCUS: The Joys of Camping (sort of): Wenzelisms

A Face Lift & ‘The Five’

Zuzu’s Petals is about to get a face-lift. The new look will fall somewhere between Pantsing and Planning. Like this: There are two basic types of writers or bloggers: 1) Pantsers and 2) Planners. Pantsing or Planning? Per WritMo: “Pantsing” (also known as winging it) is the term Wrimos use refer to writing without a … Continue reading A Face Lift & ‘The Five’