My good friend Angie talked me into going on a camp out on Wednesday night. She is a regular at Chick Fil A grand openings. These openings have quite a following of people who camp out the night before the opening of the store in order to get coupons for a full year of combo meals (52 free meals). Only the first 100 people to register qualify and you have to stay on the premises the full time (they do random line checks to make sure).
*Eating yet another chicken sandwich (they provide them for everyone).
There is more reason to do it than merely the free meals. There are organized activities, a DJ that plays music, you meet people, and it's surprisingly family-friendly.
We camped out from 8:30 am until 6am the next morning when they let us in and gave us our loot. Then we tore down the tent and packed up 3 kids and all our supplies.
Here's the conversation when I told James we were going camping:
me: We're going to go camping tonight!
James: What?! Will we have a campfire to roast marshmallows?
me: No, they won't allow fires.
James: Will we be in the forest?
me: No, in a parking lot.
James: What? (with a totally confused look on his face)
James has never been camping, as in sleeping in a tent. This may be the closest he gets to it in a long time. It was cold, although not as cold as the following days have been (in the teens!). At one point in the middle of the night Etame was crying so I took her into the (warm fast-food restaurant) bathroom and just stood in there thinking how I was going to make it through the night.
It was a big adventure, and maybe one of the craziest things I've done since having kids. I would totally do it again - in the summer.