Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

It’s hard to hear the frogs when the freeway roar is so loud


Private camp site

Private camp site

Katie and I camped out last night.  In the backyard.   I know, I know, only a crazy woman and her crazy dog would choose to sleep in the damp and cold only yards from a comfy king sized bed.  Right?

Well call us crazy.

The moon was full and beckoned us out into the dark around 11:30.  We trooped through the already dewy wet grass carrying all the essentials, pillows, blankets, flashlight, phone, Katie tugging at the leash.  It was her first backyard camping adventure of the season and she knew exactly where she wanted to be.


I'll keep watch mama!

I’ll keep watch mama!

On her pillow in her tent guarding her yard.

I have a romantic notion about sleeping in the backyard; I like to listen to the frogs in the pond across the road.  There are at least a couple of different kinds including the bull frogs’ deep voices and I love to hear them in the evening from the deck.  Falling asleep to the frog choir always seems like such a lovely idea.

The reality, however, is that I am constantly surprised how loud the freeway is at night.  It’s a mile away but across a lake from us and I guess that magnifies the sound.  Because what I don’t notice much during the day is suddenly a deafening roar in the middle of the night.   Still, how many loud cars and trucks and motorcycles would be roaring down the freeway at 3 in the morning?

Turns out quite a few.

So many in fact that I really couldn’t hear the frogs at all.   Katie-girl and I are going to have to go on another camping adventure in a real campground very soon.  Hopefully far away from a freeway.  Before she settled in for her morning nap today she urged me to start planning.  A girl needs her outdoor time.

Don’t you know.

Morning moon hanging on

Morning moon hanging on


Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

22 thoughts on “It’s hard to hear the frogs when the freeway roar is so loud

  1. quite the adventure! 😀


  2. you want to hear frogs – come visit us – the frogs are deafening !


  3. How cool to have an adventure right in your yard
    Lily & Edward


  4. Do you think the frogs were taking the night off?


  5. I suspect the pull to be outside of confining walls is very strong for Katie’s mama too.


  6. You just gave me the idea of camping at my front yard; backyard is too small for any camp. 🙂


  7. Admire your bravery, Dawn! Dallas, I’m sure, would never settle down to sleep in the backyard, and I’d be afraid of the snakes and bats, ha!


    • Inside a tent you’re probably not at risk for snakes and bats, or anything else for that matter, but noises at night do sound a LOT louder and sometimes if you think too much it’s freaky!


  8. I loved sleeping under the stars in the backyard when I was a kid. I wouldn’t do it here, now because of mosquitos and the possibility of skunk aroma. Sometimes we have to close our window at night when skunk smell comes a-wafting.


    • We leap into the tent and zip the door back up fast to avoid letting any mosquitoes in. And so far no skunk encounters, though that would be bad…I have a story about a skunk at a campground many many years ago…I’ll have to tell that story some day.

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  9. Where have all the froggies gone
    long time passing?


  10. I love that moon shot. I can’t remember the last time I went camping. It’s been ages. Perhaps when the weather cools off it will be time to think about a camping trip. I love listening to frogs, too. Water does tend to carry sounds really well, even freeway roars.


    • If you have something comfortable to sleep on and a tent to keep the damp off you’ll be all set! You don’t even have to go far. Just further away from the freeway than I was!


  11. You are seriously making the most of your retirement. In fact, you haven’t truly retired , you’ve changed lanes. Kudos to you for working hard at enjoying life.


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