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.
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.
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.