I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I’m not a camping person.

But because my previous attempts at roughin’ it had been resounding successes (read ’em here, here, and at the link above), I’m usually up for a few days in the woods when the opportunity arises.

I like the food, remember? I like hiking and lakes and campfires.

So at this point, I thought I could safely say that while I may not be the ultimate camper, I do like camping.

I thought wrong.

As I actually pointed out in the post at that first link, I had only ever camped in cabins before. Bare-bones-wooden-bunk-communal-restroom-type cabins, but cabins nonetheless. I had never expressed nor felt the desire to camp in a tent. And if I had just followed my (prissy little) gut, I might never have had a bad camping experience.

I’m sure you see where I’m going with this.

Last weekend, we joined a few of our friends in Vermont for a little camping adventure. I knew going in that it was tent camping. I knew it. But I had convinced myself that it would be fine. FINE. I mean, how much time do you spend in your tent anyway, right? I would still have all the parts of camping I genuinely like. And the company would be great. WHERE COULD THIS WATER-TIGHT PLAN GO WRONG?

Actually, “water-tight” is particularly apropos. Because it rained. The entire time.

And what did we discover upon arriving at the campsite and opening our tent? That we were missing the top part that keeps the rain out. Le sigh.

Fortunately, Joey was able to fashion a frankentent out of a few extra tarps:

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Unfortunately, the door zipper was also broken, meaning water could leak in from all sides. Fun!

After one night of torrential rain and damp EVERYTHING, I opted to sleep in the car. I have no regrets about that.

Other than the rain, though, it really was a nice trip.

We toured the Magic Hat Brewery:

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Visited the Ben & Jerry’s factory:

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Shopped at a local farmer’s market that made me miss the Midwest like whoa:

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And, you know, spent some time communing with nature:

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Plus, we swam and rowed at the lake, ate way too much of everything, and enjoyed the company of our friends. All in all, can’t complain.

Though I think we can rule out tents for the rest of my life.