I remember everyone joking about whose idea it was to go camping. (Sarah was kind of quiet throughout the exchange. I’ll tell you why later in the story.) We were bonding over our mutual hatred of camping. One by one, we started to drift off.
Around 3, I felt stirring next to me. I opened my eye lids and saw Gabby grabbing her bag. She saw me shifting and asked if I wanted to go to the bathroom to put on extra layers of clothing with her. I shot up so fast I’m the surprise the tent didn’t collapse. I grab my bag and we walked towards the bathroom.
We put on about 4 layers each from top to bottom. Threw on some socks. That was the best idea we ever had. Sleep was an improvement after that.
By daybreak, everyone was slowly waking up. I felt everyone around me wake up but I didn’t officially open my eyes till around 8. Nick was the last of the clan to wake up. We discussed how “wonderful” it was sleeping on the cold hard ground. Then Sarah told us she was not quite that cold. She was uncomfortable but apparently she had her own furry cocoon at the edge of the tent.
We ate hot dogs for breakfast since it was the fastest to heat up. We also heated up bananas covered in Nutella by wrapping it with foil. After we finished eating, packed everything up, and put out the fire, we headed off the springs. Our last mistake on the trip. We thought we knew where the springs were so we didn’t ask for directions and just headed off. About fifteen minutes into the walk, we were seriously doubting our knowledge of where the spring was.Then, we saw the sign that said North Entrance. We cheered for joy. We went down to the spring and notice that there was no one there. The springs are usually crowded and even on slow days there would still be quite a few people. (We later found out that the north zone of the spring is closed down during the cold months.) We explored the springs for a little bit then decided we should just bailed on the second night of camping and head home even though we already paid. We all started heading back when Nick suggested that he run and get the car because it would just be faster and man was he right. It took him less time to run to the car and back then it did just for the gang of us to walk to the springs. Home we went. Forever the camping trip will be engraved in our memories.