My experience solo camping for the first time
Back in the summer of 2017, I got to have an experience that I never in my wildest dreams thought I would ever do, and that, of course, was to camp all by myself! It turned out to be a great experience, despite feeling very nervous towards the idea. I never thought I would be able to do this, and yet I continue to surprise myself by pushing myself out of my comfort zone and having new experiences all the time.
During this trip, I kept a journal to keep track of my experiences, and I did happen to write about it during the night I was camping which I will share with you below!
July 20th, 2017
I never thought in my wildest dreams I would be doing what I am doing right now. It wasn’t even a thought in my mind because I never expected to be able to do this. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be brave enough to camp all by myself, yet here I am!
I am sure that it’s really not even that big of a deal for some people. Some people do this all the time without a second thought. But if you saw me a few years ago you’d understand why this is such a big deal for me.
Back then I was scared of most everything, including but not limited to picking up the phone to order delivery, (oh who am I kidding I am still scared to do that)
However, looking back on my growth, I am amazed at how far I have truly come. It’s actually making me realize more and more every day that I can do have or be absolutely anything I want. Anything at all.
So back to the point, I am currently solo camping for the very first time. I know! It’s such an incredible accomplishment for me!!! Granted it’s still the daytime, and I haven’t yet officially made it through the night, but heck I’ll be damned if I don’t. I know I can do this!
It’s about 7pm as I write this sitting outside in serene beauty overlooking beautiful picturesque mountains, I hear water flowing in the background and am half considering going down to the water later for a midnight swim to cool off. It’s been a very very hot day. Naturally, though, I felt pretty tired earlier from lack of sleep the night before due to eagerness and nervousness for this new adventure to start: my solo road trip throughout BC Canada. I always have trouble sleeping the night before an adventure, I am usually just too excited and full of anxiety which prevents me from sleeping.
I started my adventure in Revelstoke which is where I have been living for the past two months, and I made my way south to the ferry on my way to Nakusp where I set up camp for the night in the small towns campsite. The people who run the camp were incredibly nice and understanding and even allowed me to choose whichever site I wanted to set up my tent at. I picked one that was away from other people because I am somewhat of a lone wolf and like my privacy, especially since this is the first time in the past two months I have really been alone since I was living with roommates in Revelstoke.
Tomorrow, I plan to head to Nelson for a day or two, then across BC to Osoyoos and then up to Kelowna for a day or two where I want to go on a wine tour and explore that area. Then up to Kamloops for a night, then back to Revelstoke. That’s my plan anyway, but the plan never plays out how I expect…
I decided to go on this road trip after quitting my job and not being clear on what I wanted to do next. I am sorta hoping it will open the next door to what I want to do next and show me a great path, but at the moment I feel slightly lost. My idea for this solo trip is to spend some time alone, reflecting and learning about myself, I have been around people consistently for 2 months straight now, and it is a nice but weird feeling to be completely alone again. Although it’s only day 1, I am already missing the company, but I know it’ll be fine eventually, I am a person that enjoys solitude after all.
I didn’t really plan accommodations for this trip either, I thought at first I could just sleep in my car, but due to it being in the high 30 degrees Celsius, and not cooling down much at night, I decided that would be a bad idea. So instead I decided on camping, which would probably be better anyways than sleeping in my car, so I found a campground and set up camp…
I decided to try to nap this afternoon because well what else have I got to do? But that proved to be a dismal failure as I lay there dying of heat in my tent. I woke up covered in sweat, it wasn’t very nice.
I got up and made some dinner, some dip veggies, and a sandwich because I have yet to purchase a stove and there is a fire ban in effect for B.C right now due to all the forest fires going on… After dinner, I went for a nice walk into town which was conveniently close. I got some snacks and went to the water and sat there watching the sunset. It was absolutely beautiful… As nature always is. Nothing is ever imperfect in nature…
When I got back to the campsite later that night, I wrote in my journal for awhile and enjoyed a few alcoholic beverages… To be fair, I think I would have had a lot more trouble with this whole solo camping thing without the alcohol, it has really helped put me at ease with this whole experience.
I didn’t have the greatest sleep in the world, which is expected when sleeping in a tent, but I woke up this morning feeling pretty darn good about myself! I had accomplished a goal of mine, and now I can cross it off both my main bucket list and my summer bucket list! Two birds one stone!
With that being said, now I am heading to Nelson, which is a town I have been dying to visit for a long time now because I hear it is a spiritual town! Exactly the stuff I am into! I have to go pack up my stuff, check out, and I will once again be on my merry way driving solo through the gorgeous mountains!
If you want to do something in life, just do it! Don’t wait for your friends to get the funds saved up, or the time off work to be able to join you, just go! Heck, I would still be waiting for my friends if that were the case, but a while ago I decided that I needed to start doing things on my own again, thus leading me to my very first solo trip!
It has been a process for sure, but now I feel confident to do pretty much everything on my own, I can eat at a restaurant, go on an airplane, go to the theater, and now I proved to myself that I can even camp by myself! It’s certainly an incredible experience to be able to push yourself out of that comfort zone and start doing the things you want to in life!
The more I do continue to push myself, the more I am beginning to realize how much I am capable of here in this life time. I am 26 right now, and with my whole life ahead of me, I am excited to see the person I become and what I am able to accomplish here on Earth. I continue each day to learn and grow, constantly striving to become better than the person I was yesterday, I am very grateful that I am able to have these experiences, and enjoy a full and rewarding life!
You cannot grow when you remain in your comfort zone, so I encourage you to step out and push yourself to do something you have always wanted to but never had the courage to do. The simple act alone of stepping out of safety with the courage to know you will be alright is a tremendous step in the right direction that will lead you down a path to your greatest version!
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