[EN] A weekend camping trip to a paid campsite

It has been almost a year since my last camping trip. This year a few friends planned to go together but as usual the plan ruined. Every single one had their own excuses. So, the next week, on thursday, I called one of them and asked if we go next day or not. In the beginning he hesitated but then I told him that I don’t give a f.ck if they come or not, I would go alone if necessary.

The next day (friday) some other friend called me to stop by and drink coffee at my place. It was a good coincidence because I don’t want to go campsite with bus or any other mass transport. I accepted his drink-coffee-visit in exchange of driving me to campsite with his car. While we drink coffee, I packed my bag and stuff.

When we arrive there it was afternoon. At the campsite we had electricity, undrinkable water to wash dishes, the ground to put tents which we didn’t use the platform because the ground was covered with small rocks. In case of that rocks damage or even tear the fabric of tent, we set our tents on the lawn beside the platform. Here is more pictures of the place.

This was the first time I use my new tent. It took some time to figure out how to install it. As you know my old tent was a simple festival tent and it was very easy to install by myself. A few times I had to removed poles and re-install it but in the end I figured out how to install it.

After install the tent I made another coffee to my friend – and tried out my new butane-propane stove system – before he go back to city. I satisfied of the performance of the stove. Yet still I need to buy (or make) a wind shield for it.

In evening one of the friends (the one I was called and asked if we go or not) came. I gave my old tent to him as gift and showed how to install it. Then after sky get dark, the third friend came with his new tent which is a cheap festival tent. This was his first tent camp, he wanted to give a try and bought a cheap tent for it. After we installed his tent, we cooked and ate some meal. Unfortunately I couldn’t take photographs because of my crap camera. That evening other friends came to visit us. They sit for a few hours and went back to the city. The place we went is just outside of the city (around 5 kilometers), by the river and just 50 meters away also from the sea. It is the place where the river meet the sea.

The next morning I could take some pictures.

And below how am I look like nowayads.

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The next day, which is sunday, one of them went to work (he’s a musician) and other one went to meet his girlfriend, I was alone.

I wanted to try mix two foods: Vegetable pasta and tuna fish. Also made some soup with the leftover water from the pasta.

 

It is fortunate that the third friend was bring his electric stove, so I didn’t need to spend my propane cartridge much. And yeah, he also bring his hookah. 😀

The good thing we had water to wash dishes but bad thing there was almost no waterflow. When I open the faucet, the water comes as thin as if it comes from a syringe. I figured out the campsite management switch off the valve when there is not much “customers” in the campsite. To wash dishes we went to common-use-building which has toilets, showers, kitchen, and laundry; and the building is just 20-25 meters away from our camping spot.

My second friend took some beautiful photos with his phone but I haven’t take from him yet. That night friends from city came again just like every previous nights there, the security guards doesn’t like it and they reacted but with respect at least. They told them to leave soon, don’t stay for hours since they don’t pay to stay there like us.

So after they gone back to city, me and 3rd friend took a table and chairs from the motel and finally we could sit by the table and relax for one and half hour. That 1,5 hours in total is the literally “camping and relaxing trip” among the whole weekend.

The next morning (monday) 3rd friend packed up early and went to work.

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Then the 2nd friend and me had breakfast, then packed up and left the campsite. We decided to walk to the city instead of get in a bus or something. When we arrived to city, we took a short break to drink tea in a cafe. We had a chat with the owner of the cafe, name: Murat, who is kind of expert on bicycles and he toured whole country on his bicycle. Good thing he choose our town to settle in. 😉

Here is the cafe’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Cafe-Buen-Momento-527453644124700/

I couldn’t make a post since then, had some things to do and problems to solve but in the end here I am writing this blog post. I also made pictures as a slideshow on Youtube, you can watch from this link: https://youtu.be/3jqTLz-t5Ig

We tested our equipments and ourselves, now we planning to make longer range trips. Stay tuned.

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2nd Camping on Weekend

I made 2nd camping trip to the forest this weekend. My intention was to make a good video but the camera didn’t let me to do it by showing “battery low” warning in first 10 minutes. However, even despite of the camera disaster I could make some clips and took some pictures at least.

When I got there I walked at least for 45 minutes to find a good spot. While I was walking I saw some guy wandering around. Was the first bad sign? During the day I encountered at least a dozen of people. I personally don’t like much people around; especially in nature. I don’t know is it just me but I feel uncomfortable when people around. I can’t trust others in this country.

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Yeah, my new backpack (which is turned out not so comfortable), my tent on it (the blue-orange bag), and my tripod (the water bottle). 😀 Ah also bread and sausage in the plastic bag next to the backpack. Also as you can see my sleeping mat is so big to backpack, I need an inflatable mat instead of carrying this oversized mat. Also need to change tent system because of the poles. If you look carefully you can see the tent poles wrapped in green cloth (actually it was a military underwear before I cut it and make pole pouch), looks like a radio antenna in the bag. Also because of the mat and poles I can’t squeeze the backpack’s top.

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In 2 minutes I cleaned the ground from pine cones and place the tent. I don’t use tarp or something to put under the tent. Because ground is not hard and weather is really hot.

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Then I attached the poles.

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After place the poles it took almost 5 minutes to set the tent. However in that 5 minutes I sweat like hell. Weather was really hot and between trees I had direct sunlight on me. Also I felt I was getting hungry.

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So it was the time to gather some woods to make fire and cook. It took 1 and half hour to gather that woods and branches around. Yea, looks like not a big pile but I just don’t like to cut from living trees if it is not a survival situation. I prefer to gather dead wood fallen on the ground.

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Then next thing to do was digging a firepit. The dry pine needles on ground are highly flammable. You need to very very carefully to make fire in forest. Especially after we lost 95% of forest around the city. Yes 95%… But only 15% of it lost by fire. The percent lost because of touristic places (i.e. hotels) built. Yea, it is a shame…

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Look close to the firepit. Deep enough to make big fire. Around 30 cm (~12 inches) in diameter.

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I also found some woods left by some picnicer. I guess they tried to make swing or something for kids.

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Finally the reward of the hard work. Black coffee and sausage in bread. I can’t say “yum” but better than nothing. 🙂

Later in evening I made same meal again but half of sausage turned into coal. 😀 I really need to learn how to cook things properly.

Ok I put Youtube video here but I prefer you to watch it on Youtube website. Please don’t forget to click “Like” button if you like and support me if you will, so I can make more quality videos than current ones. Thanks again.

Box Opening: First Aid Kit

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Hello again. Here is yet another box opening post which I did on same night with the tableware box opening. Unfortunately the picture and video quality very poor, so I won’t upload the video to Youtube.

Ok lets add some pictures.

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As you can see, the bag put into a transparent plastic bag, nothing special. The kit has no brand, no model, just a China made product. It is very cheap that I can afford (because I’m unemployee) but still a good product, better than none. 😉

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The bag has two loops, so you can attach it to a carabiner. On its back side there is nother wide loop for you can attach to your belt.

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The bag comes with some first aid stuff included inside. Here is the list:

Package included:

1x first aid bag
1x PBT bandage
1x Scissor
1x Self adhesive plaster
1x Non-woven fabric adhesive tape
2x Alcoholic tablets
5x Band aids
1x Tweezers
1x Mask
2x Iodophor bar
10x Cotton swabs

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I know the picture is really crap, sorry about that.

Box Opening: Plastic Tableware

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My new shiny tableware has arrived finally. I opened box, record video and took pictures but I can make Youtube video and blog post today.

Lets write its properties first, then put some pictures. But let me warn you about the picture quality: That night I didn’t notice that the light is not enough. So please don’t mind for the poor picture quality. The headline picture is taken from the product store website.

Item Description:

Features:
3 in 1, a tableware set of spoon, fork and chopsticks , complete and useful
Foldable and portable, you can even put it in your pocket, best choice to take it for camping, picnic, hiking or other outdoor activities
Send with a box, sanitary and convenient
High quality Eco-friendly ABS material, easy to cleaning

Tableware Material: Eco-friendly ABS
Tableware Color: Orange ,Blue ,Green
Folded Size: 12 x 6 x 2cm / 4.7 x 2.3 x 0.7in
Weight:65g / 2.3oz

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This is how it is look like unopened.

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Secured with transparent paper, some Chinese writings on it.

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The placement of tools inside the box.

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Here is the tools unattached.

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… and attached versions.

If you noticed, the timestamp on the pictures looks like reversed. Actually I took pictures “after” record the box opening video. So, every picture taken went through backward steps.

You can see Youtube video here: Box Opening ABS Picnic Tableware (Low Quality Video)

Test Camping

I went to woods at 29th of April to test out my equipment and stuff. I also tested the action camera I bought in cheap store. It is Probiel brand, G22 model, SJCam’s fake. Its performance is not so terrible but is not so perfect either. I published a Youtube video about the camera, also I will add some pictures in this post, so you can see its photograph quality.

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This is the ground where I place my tent. Please ignore the timestamp, because I haven’t set time-date on the camera when I was record these pictures and video.

After I pick the flat surface to set my tent, I cleaned the ground from twigs and stones.

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Here is the tent, poles, pegs and tent bag. Bagged size is roughly same as a middle-age man’s leg size. 😉 Okay okay, I’m lazy to take it from my backpack and measure it by both metric and imperial system; so I gave leg size example.

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After I install the tent, I dig a fire pit, gather dead wood, gather stones to build fire shield. The forest I went in has no river, so I had to bring a 5 liter (approximately 1.32 US gallons) of water with me. I used old canned food can to boil water. I used that boiled water to make coffee, cappuchino, and even soup.

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Here is right side of the tent. I did not cut any living branch from trees, all the woods you see are dead wood that gathered around.

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And this is left side of the tent. The problem is that I couldn’t calculate wind direction. After I start the fire, all the smoke filled in my tent. I should set tent and fire pit to right opposite direction but well this was the “test” camping. So I learned from my mistakes. 😉

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Here is the fire pit after burn some woods and made a cup of coffee.

Also here is the Youtube link to test the action camera and it shows the fire burning (and smoking into my tent): Probiel G22 Test Video

P.S.: This is not only movie review blog anymore. I am planning to blog my trips and stuff. For now I don’t have professional equipment but with time I am hoping to get good equipment. Thanks for reading. Have a perfect day on purpose. 😉