Friday, July 24

Viking Tent Sleep Adventure

"Look at this tent, isn't it neat? Wouldn't you say this tent would make your tent collection complete?" I am a dork, but seriously, this thing is the coolest. When my father asked me if I wanted to sleep outside, I was so very eager. I made sure that Bug was sleeping through the night before I committed and then I spent two glorious evenings outdoors. It was the best sleep I have had in a very long time.
I have to say that I was pretty amazed at the lack of bugs there were. I was pretty worried I was going to wake up with bites all over my face, but I wasn't "bugged" at all. haha. There was only a moth that wanted to hang out, but he kept his distance and flew into the hanging lanterns instead of me.

Like I mentioned above, I had such a good sleep. The fresh air, listening to the wind, even hearing the coyotes in the distance relaxed me. The only thing that could have made this experience better is if we still had train tracks running in this little valley. I would like to spend a night in this tent when it has been closed down all the way. Sometimes I feel claustrophobic in a campers tent, so I would like to see if I feel this way in this tent.

I spoke with my dad since being back in the city and he says that he has finished sewing for now. It has been fourteen hours of sewing - and may I mention, that its not the bring-the-canvas-onto-the-lap type of sewing. It is the standing, or crouching, arms-wherever-the-needle-needs-to-be along the side of the tent kind of sewing. With two needles. I watched him sew for a little and it was ridiculous how strong the canvas was. I mean it needs to be strong, but geez. You can read more about my previous post about this tent here.

My father is now currently working on replacing the ridgepole which breaks down into two pieces that are about 7 feet long. He has spent so many hours stripping this wood into the correct shape it needs to be. Just look at all those wood scraps on the ground.
This tent is made with love and such a neat way to get the family outside enjoying the fresh air. I cannot wait to spend another night outside and may even let Bug join me. Maybe. Yet this was an adventure that makes me wonder why I am in the city. I cannot wait to live back in the country and have one of these tents in my own backyard. Dad, you better get on building me one! xoxo

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