1. It is impossible to look graceful whilst exiting a small tent. Large tent- maybe. Small tent- nope.
2. The warmth and optimism you feel for the evening at 8:00 pm is inevitably gone at 2:00 am.
3. Sometime in the aforementioned 2:00 hour, one will question why the hell they decided to sleep outside when there is a perfectly good bed waiting for them at home.
4. Sometimes it is better to cut your losses and bail. Specifically if your two year old can’t get on board with sleeping in the cold. See numbers 2 and 3. (Mike and Karen- you did what you had to do. He wasn’t going back to sleep).
5. When camping out one night with a large group, there is always enough food to feed everyone for at least 5 days. And whether it is smoked chicken burritos with roasted vegetables and adobo chiles or Kroger brand chips, it will all taste good.
6. Question number one the morning after the camp-out is always “how did you sleep?”. (I think three people in our group of roughly 60 slept soundly, warmly, and well. Those three people were my husband and two older kids).
7. In order to maximize your chances of sleeping soundly, warmly, and well, borrow good camping gear from your friends who have hiked the entire Appalachian Trail. People crazy enough to do things like this inevitably have the gear that makes it somewhat less cold and miserable at night. (Thank you, Tom and Anna).