Freeman Park~Carolina Beach Camping Gone Wrong


We had great intentions, but little knowledge. This was one of the first adventures I have been a trip leader on, and boy did I learn a lot.  My parents always told me that you learn more from mistakes. There are so many things that go into a successful camping trip. I know that now.

First off, going camping on the beach requires a four-wheel drive vehicle. Our vans were packed with people and supplies, but they certainly are not four-wheel drive. We unloaded the vans of  bags, sleeping pads, camping stoves, water, and of course people.  All of us had to carry our things on the thirty minute walk onto the beach. This might not be so bad if there was not so much supplies we needed to carry. Yes, this included heavy coolers, tents, and sleeping bags. It was a mess. Thankfully several people came to our rescue and helped us. We loaded our heavy things into a man’s jeep and he graciously toted them to our campsite.

IMG_8124.jpgThe beach was absolutely gorgeous, but go when the whether is warm. I wanted to wade in the waves, but it was all I could do to dip my toes in that freezing cold water.

We lugged paddle boards and kayaks on our trailer, yet the weather was far too cold to go paddling anywhere. I was in sweatpants the entire trip. Camping when it is great in cooler weather, but I love being able to get in the water. Go swimming makes me feel cleaner since there are typically no showers available. When I got back the first thing I did was hop in the shower.


The best decision we made the whole trip was making burrito bowls. Just boil some rice and stir in a can of black beans, corn, salsa, and sliced avocados. Also adding some taco seasoning with livin things up! Best camping food I have ever eaten.

Most defiantly build a campfire. That is a must for any camping trip. I have no idea how to start a fire. Bringing along a fire starter is a game changer. Another quick idea we discovered is that a Doritos chip is extremely flammable. It is just as good as having a fire starter.  The smores undoubtedly were devoured by all.  Never go camping without smores, they are always a hit.

Music blared after dinner. Everyone was riled up and ready for some fun with bellies full of marshmallows and graham crackers. There were several girls on our trip traveling from Scotland. These gals happened are studying abroad at my university. They blasted Scottish music and taught us a dance they do at every wedding and birthday in Scotland. That is what I love about trips like this one. With everything that went wrong on this excursion, people still make connections, and I still learned a lot about people and the Scottish culture.IMG_8031.jpgIMG_8127.jpg

IMG_7994.jpgIMG_8124.jpgSleep came with ease with the sound of the ocean humming in the background. I could wake up on the beach every morning. Camping is usually uncomfortable for my back, but sleeping on the sand is super comfy.


With every trip there are mishaps, that is the beauty of adventure. Learning how to handle problems that arise is part of the wonderful part of being a nomad in training.