Our overnight camping trip in April started out ordinary enough…we packed the car with the essentials (tent, sleeping bags, food, flashlights, etc.) and headed out towards a campsite in the mountains along with four other friends. Unfortunately, our plans were changed when the campsite we planned on using was full. We attempted to find another nearby site, and found that the two closest sites were not available as well. We pulled into a nearby town (with cell phone reception) and, thanks to the wonderful world of smart-phones, were able to call a nearby campground that could accommodate us. We finally made it to the site….with the nearest home 100 yards away. We listened to the interstate traffic all night and survived a small rainstorm that hit as we finished dinner…but we made it work and had fun in the process! I dubbed this the “practice camping” trip when it was all said and done (given all the craziness). Also, lesson learned: if you don’t want to freeze your toes off, zip the vent in the bottom of your sleeping bag!