Yesterday I promised you the gory details so... We're headed sea kayaking!
On previous trips we've stayed in tent cabins and, occasionally tents. We camped but I wouldn't say we were roughing it. This trip should be a bit more interesting.
Here's a portion of the email I was sent:
KathyB! says: Good thing my body is nice and squishy. I guess that's the benefit of carrying a couple extra pounds of chub on your body -- built in cushioning. Otherwise that would sound u-n-c-o-m-f-o-r-t-a-b-l-e.
BIPL says: One set of dry clothes to wear when not kayaking. This MUST be a LONG sleeved shirt and LONG pants to protect from bugs.
KathyB! says: Helloooo! It's, like, 90 degrees with 90% humidity. That's the equivalent of a tropical freakin' rainforest. I'm gonna die of heat stroke dressed like that. How bad can the bugs be anyway?
BIPL says: Tooth brush/paste, hair tie, small comb, bandanna. NO OTHER TOILETRIES.
KathyB! says: Um, soap? No soap?! That's just gross. Wait... I have a plan. I'll use the stench of my unbathed body to ward off the bugs. This way I won't need to pack the long pants and shirt. I can use the space that I'll save to smuggle over a bottle of wine. And yes, I know I'm brilliant. I tell myself that all the time.
BIPL says: Rain poncho. With the hurricane moving up the East Coast we expect rain and damp conditions in it's wake.
KathyB! says: About that hurricane... Is sea kayaking in the wake of a hurricane really the best idea? You're sure? Well, if you say so... I personally feel more secure knowing that I'll have
a flimsy sheet of plastic my trusty rain poncho to protect me from the gusty rain and 14 foot waves that are predicted.
BIPL says: Girls will be getting into the tents for bed on the island as soon as the sun goes down to protect from bugs and ensure they are rested enough to make the trip.KathyB! says: Holy crow! Are these bugs or vampires that we're dealing with? And if the girls need to be "specially rested" (they're kids! I was like the Energizer Bunny at that age!)... What does that mean for the nearly-forty-year-old-mommy who came along for the ride? Is there a powerboat trailing us that will pick up stragglers?
BIPL says: All fresh water will be carried onto the island on your kayak. DO NOT PACK ANY EXTRA GEAR as it will weigh down the kayaks and make paddling more difficult.KathyB! says: So my plot to smuggle in a bottle of wine should be aborted? Sigh. I guess if there's no water I can understand why we don't need soap. You're going to smell me before you see me when I return from this little soiree.
BIPL says: Again, please speak with your daughter about the primitive style of this trip.
KathyB! says: Speak to my daughter?! I still have to remind her to brush her teeth every night. I think she's going to be fine. I think maybe somebody needs to speak to me about the primitive nature of this trip.