We're not canoeing into the real wilderness of Algonquin Park this trip. We'll be sleeping in our tent trailer, instead of on the ground. And we won't be portaging. But we will be paddling and fishing, biking and swimming, and lazing around with our books. A whole lot of that last one.
This is as gussied up as I am likely to be all week. My Aritzia tank, flip flops, and either my Brooks Brothers walking shorts, or my black, drawstring, cotton pants from Green Tree Eco Fashion. These pants have been a workhorse in my summer wardrobe since 2014.
I'll wear one of these outfits one day over the course of the week when we drive into town for provisions. We usually take a day to meander along the back roads, indulge ourselves with a big, greasy breakfast in Barry's Bay, and stop on the way home at a lovely pottery and craft store in the village of Wilno. Wilno is Canada's oldest Polish settlement, and Hubby and I keep thinking we should drive back up the valley one Labour Day weekend for their annual community supper. Apparently they've been serving traditional Polish fare at this event for more than sixty years.
Most of the time, though, I'll be in shorts and a tank top, or sweat pants and a tee shirt. Or my new bathing suit, which I finally bought last week. It's a black one-piece. I know, I know. So boring.
I'm not much of a cover-up person; I've owned lovely feminine sarongs and the like, and never worn them. That's probably because we do most of our swimming when we're camping or wilderness canoeing. So, I bought a black, zippered Gabar cover-up too. Much better to pull on over a wet bathing suit for cycling back to our campsite from the beach, or clambering back into the canoe... than something fluffy and delicate.
This is my new suit sans the cover-up. Do you like how I doctored the shot? I'm sixty, and I'm okay with that... mostly. But I do take a jaundiced view of publishing an un-doctored shot of me in my bathing suit. Ha. I know. Bad pun.
So here's what the well organized camper packs for a car camping trip, as opposed to a wilderness camping trip, when I would be taking much less. I'll add to this my loose, long-sleeved "bug shirt" to wear over a tank when we're canoeing or walking in the bush. My rain jacket. And a heavy sweatshirt for nights around the fire. A pair of flip flops and my sneakers. And a hat. C'est tout.
The other day when Frances from Materfamilias Writes and I had lunch we talked about blogging, naturally. And we laughed ruefully at that whole "how to title a blog post if you want to get noticed thing." You know..... the plethora of "Thirteen Ways to Do Whatever" kind of posts.
So I toyed with the idea of naming this post "Five things You Can't Be Without on a Camping Trip." That list would look something like this:
1. Comfortable clothing you don't mind getting dirty, wet, or maybe even ruined.
2. Food and wine.
Here's what I'm packing for reading material for both Hubby and me. Books, books, books... and a sketch pad... which I may or may not use. I know I should use it, but this is strictly a no "shoulds" trip.
I'm also looking forward to not worrying about my hair; that's what hats are for. To not wearing make-up. To not giving a hoot about what I'm wearing. Because this week I'll be taking a break from fashion, and fashion posts. This week will most definitely be Not Fashion Week. And whatever I wear, it will be comfortable, casual, and capable of getting dirty, wet, or maybe even ruined.
Well, except for my black Aritzia tank. I don't want to ruin that after all I went through to find it. Better go and un-pack that puppy.
How about you guys? Any trips upcoming? Fashionable or otherwise?
P.S. Since we'll be camping and most certainly off-line for the next week... I've scheduled a couple of "reprise" posts from the early days of my blog. On the theme of summer, and canoeing, and such. If you haven't read them yet, hope you enjoy them.
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