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posted Monday August 2nd, 2010

It’s 4:15 AM and I’m writing on my iPhone from the small bathroom of our hotel room here in Jackson Hole-adacent. My family’s snoozing away. I have not had a full night’s sleep since before Annabelle was born and the fact that in the morning we will begin a four night camping trip in Yellowstone is, frankly, not helping. My keyboard is stuck on caps, which is fitting. I am beginning to wish I’D packeD something stronger than Advil PM. I am not a camper, we can just leave it at that, AND YES I SAW THE NEWS REPORTS BEFORE WE LEFT. AND NO, I DON’T ADVISE SITTING UP IN THE MUDDLE (I THINK I’LL LEAVE THAT TYPO AS IS) GOOGLING “SAFETY” AND “YELLOWSTONE”.  ahem. Anyhow, I thought I’d check in with you, dear readers, and ask you to wish us luck, since I don’t believe I will have blogging capabilities in the tent. Ray and the girls are thrilled about this and I know we will be safe and I’m not just saying that in case you are reAding this, Mom. xo AMY

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14 Responses to “gulp.”

  1. you’re totally Mother Of The Year (watch out for bears)

  2. Good Luck Amy! Here’s what I know about bears. Don’t bring a candy bar to bed. A bear may try to lick the scent of it off your face. Don’t buy the little bear-repellent bell sold in gift shops. I’ve heard they find a lot of those in bear poop. Run downhill when being chased by a bear. They aren’t good at that. And, above all, have fun. I’ve been camping tons of times and have never been eaten by a bear. Lost a cheese wheel, though. Don’t sleep with cheese.

  3. You are a fine mom and wife. I know we’re not religious, but this passage, from my upbringing, fits you especially well right now:

  4. Hang in there Amy!!!!

  5. oh my. um, good luck with that.

  6. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?

  7. i love yellowstone- the park of my youth! Maybe after a night in a tent you can convince ray to rent a room at the lodge (there should be husband wife benefits that come with a comfy bed, not found in a tent…just sayn’)?

    Enjoy the weather and photograph a buffalo for me!

  8. Hope it is so much better than you think it might be! Everyone can’t be a camper- don’t sweat it. You are making such a wonderful sacrifice! No food before bed, I agree….

  9. Have a great time! It is beautiful country up there! You never know, you could enjoy yourself (I had a vacay like this last year where I didn’t want to go, didn’t want to camp and still had a good time in spite of it all). My hubby is from Wyoming so I have spent a few nights in tents – not usually my choice! One thing about camping is that when you come home you’ll REALLY appreciate your bed (and not needing shoes and a flashlight to go pee in the middle of the night)!

  10. Don’t they make some kind of bear spray? Or wait, am I thinking of deer spray? And it attracts deer. Nevermind.

    Hugs and kisses from one (notso) happy camper to another.

  11. There’s no excuse for camping. You should be ashamed of yourself. Honestly…sleeping in a tent. On the ground. What next? Pooping in the woods?

  12. You are about to be eaten by bears. Run!

  13. Starr said it best: I hope it is far better than you thought it would be.

    Enjoy the stars, the campfires, the dirt, the happy family, the views, and the simplicity of living with so much less than usual.

    Think about all those folks who are unnecessarily paranoid about being in NYC and try not to be them in reverse in Yellowstone.

    I’m certain you’re going to be fine.

  14. I’ve just discovered your blog… so far it is amazing and fun and serious all at the same time…

    Thank you for sharing….

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