I love to camp, which is ironic considering my parents never took me camping.
My father actually thinks it’s a ridiculous past time.
Little does he know.
My first camping trip was with my friends Albert and Barry and my then BFF (now sister-in-law) Robin when I was in college.
I got busted for posing topless in the water, I remember.
In any case, I’ve sold my tent trailer Dolly so it’s time to pull out my super big Insta-tent Pete for UnSCruz.
The one thing I’ve never mastered with respect to camping is how to keep it cheap. I know camping is SUPPOSED to be cheap, but somehow I always fall woefully short of it.
For instance, I have $567.89 worth of groceries in my Safeway online cart [the one thing you should know about me is that I don’t go grocery shopping myself if I can help it].
That’s for 3 – 4 people and includes a case of beer, 750 ml of single barrel whiskey, 750 ml of fine rum, 3.5 L of vodka, 3.5 L of gin, and a 3L box of red wine.
It also includes dinners of steak and potatoes and spaghetti with meatballs in a homemade pasts sauce.
I can honestly say I EAT BETTER CAMPING THAN I DO IN REAL LIFE.
It’s because I have all this time on my hands to plan things out and work on them.
And as if the food and drink isn’t enough, I’m planning a little surprise for my campmates:
A Bloody Mary bar with all the fixings!
But why stop there?
I figured out I could also make Aviator cocktails, Gin fizzes, Mimosas, French 75s, and Screwdrivers with just a few extra ingredients.
Have you heard of Amarena cherries?
OMG, they’re heavenly little spheres of happiness and make a delicious finish at the bottom of an Aviator cocktail!
Of course, all these cocktails require accessories:
- Measuring glasses
- Bar spoon
- Cocktail glasses (acrylic)
- Champagne flutes (acrylic)
- High ball glasses (acrylic)
- Plates and bowls to put the fixings in
- Tray for display purposes
- Stainless steel cocktail shaker
- Ice buckets
And OH SO MUCH MORE.
To the tune of $327.85 in my Amazon basket.
Of course I haven’t BOUGHT anything yet.
I’m waiting to see if my inner Martha Stewart/ Type A/ Overachiever settles down a little.
It also occurred to me that I could go to Goodwill to get all my accessories.
But that would require me to shop. In a store. In person.
And we all know I JUST DON’T DO THAT!
Camping at Stanislaus with my friends and my dog Mac (RIP sweet boy)