Camping Tip: Bring Your Camera to the Bathroom

I love camping, but in the morning, sleeping bags and tents can be the bane of my existence.

Here’s why: camping = beer + wine + sleeping bag/tent zippers + hiking boots = annoying 6am trips out of the sleeping bag and tent, wrestling with zippers, shoving cold bare feet into hiking boots I hope don’t have spiders living in them, and stumbling off to the (usually questionably hygienic) toilets.

This is extremely irritating and also an excellent opportunity.

Why? Because, like me, there is one other entity who peeks out at 6am when everyone else is asleep.

That’s right: the sun.

So I long ago learned that along with fishing my glasses out of the tent pocket and trying to smooth my hair into some semblance of order, I also grab my camera to catch a gorgeous sunrise photo.

And yes, I have many sunrise photos (the one above included) that were taken while dancing around to appease my still-full bladder because I couldn’t wait even two minutes before capturing the pinks and oranges of the sunset.

Still, it’s worth it.

So I take my sunrise pictures, rush to the toilet, and slip back into my sleeping bag for another few hours of blissful sleep out in the fresh air, knowing that when I wake up again I’ll have some stunning shots to look at on my camera.

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