November 06, 2006


It is not that I don’t sleep well when we are camping it is that… I CAN’T sleep well. I am too lost in listening.

This weekend it rained at night and a heavy wind blew throughout. We were snug in our tent, the boys sleeping soundly as they’d been running and playing as kids should. But I lay at night and listened.

Every now and then I could hear the mammals in the underbrush mating. Raccoons I felt certain. I must say that when raccoons mate, it does not sound like both parties are enjoying themselves.

But mostly…I could hear the wind whistling around the tent with ghostly noises. The gusts at the tops of the 100 foot slash pines, the rain falling on the rain fly. The rain was intermittent and the rustling of the wind gusts at the tops of trees made a perpetual sound of impending rain.

And in the dark, I would lie on my back, looking up to the clear tent top where the moon was just visible as it peeked through the rain clouds, listening to the wind and the rain.

I don’t think I could get enough of that…

Posted by Boudicca at November 6, 2006 09:39 PM | TrackBack

That didn't relax you enough to sleep???

Posted by: Sissy at November 6, 2006 09:43 PM

I slept a light sleep if that makes sense. It was like I was in a perpetual state of awareness. But I felt rested.

I was very awake upon hearing the raccoons doing their deed. It sure sucked to be someone that night... Blech.

Posted by: Bou at November 6, 2006 09:46 PM

Very soon, you will get your first Google hit for "raccoon mating parties" :-)

Posted by: Harvey at November 7, 2006 12:14 PM

There is something incredibly wonderful being snug and warm during wind and rain. But then again, there is sometimes something inside me that makes me yearn for my own bed under a roof that keeps me safe and warm...and dry.

Camping brings about a myriad of feelings. Your boys slept soundly because you were there to keep them safe. That is also an incredibly wonderful feeling!

Posted by: David from North Pole at November 7, 2006 04:46 PM

Bummer for the raccoon who wasn't enjoying it!

Posted by: Marie at November 8, 2006 05:14 PM