Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.



Katie here.

As you all know mama has been camping a couple of times this summer. She tries to hide it from me, but she is foolish to think I don’t know. When she comes home from being away for a few days and starts carrying in a bunch of stuff from the car, well, it would be pretty hard for me not to tell, just from the way she smells.

If you know what I mean.

OK mama, what are we going to do next?

I think I’ve been pretty patient and I try to be understanding about her need to spend time on her own. Though why she’d want to I have no idea. Everybody’s life is enhanced if they have a princess around. Sometimes she doesn’t appreciate that, but I know, deep down inside, she knows it’s true.

We had a couple of beautiful days to explore.

Anyway, last week mama was watching the weather and the guy said that we were going to have a string of days when the highs didn’t get too hot and at night the temperatures would be really cool. My kind of weather!

And mama, being mama, grabbed that opportunity to reserve our favorite campsite at the local state park for us. Three whole nights of sleeping out under the stars! I was so excited!

Mama and I like to keep our campsite shipshape.

Mama said it’s a lot harder to pack the car when I’m coming along. My crate and my princess pillow and my towels and food and snacks and water and bowls and leashes all take up a lot of space. I pointed out that she’s lucky to have me to keep her company and she decided it’s all worth it.

This trip was all about me so we went on lots of walks.

She wasn’t so sure the first night though. I got her up at 2:30 in the morning to go to the bathroom, and then just about every half hour after that. In case it was time for breakfast you know. We walked along the campground road, the whole place was pretty empty and the stars were so bright overhead, shining in the warm night air. Mama didn’t seem to mind taking all those walks at all.

She seemed really pleased that her fitbit said she had almost 4,000 steps by 7 a.m. Yep. Just call me coach. I’m all about fitness, I’m sure she’ll thank me someday.

No dogs allowed on the beach, but that’s OK, I don’t like getting my feet wet anyway.

The second day it was going to get pretty warm by the middle of the afternoon, plus they were starting to predict several hours of thunderstorms coming sometime in the evening or overnight. Mama thought about it for a bit and decided she didn’t really want to be trapped in a small tent with a wet dog for several hours. So she took me home to my dad where I got to sleep on my other princess pillow and enjoy the air conditioning.

Sleeping on my princess pillow at home.

She said she enjoyed sleeping in the tent and listening to the rain by herself. She said she didn’t have to go outside into the rain even once all night long! Imagine that!

The third day, our last full day at camp, she came home and got me and we spent the day taking walks around the campground or on trails in the woods, and once out to the beach to see how the lake looked.

I wasn’t sure what this dangerous thing was at the boat ramp, but I didn’t like it so I barked at it. A lot.

We had a lot of fun. Each walk was pretty short, but I pranced right along, sniffing everything. I love walking in new places with my mom. After each walk we’d go back to our campsite and I’d mostly ignore the towels she provided and instead chose to sleep on the nice cool dirt. Mama spent a lot of her spare time while I was napping reading her book and enjoying the beautiful day.

Naps in the dirt are some of my favorite things about camping.

The last night wasn’t so great as the campground began to fill up for the Labor Day holiday weekend, and one campsite partied all night. Mama was not happy as she couldn’t get any sleep at all. I, being deaf, didn’t mind at all.

Mama said these were pretty. Whatever, mama.

We did spend a lot of time outside the tent that night, while mama stewed in the moonlight about all the noise. She finally settled down and read under the stars until morning when we packed up early and headed home. She stopped to complain about the noise to the ranger, and then we were home with daddy.

Mama said I should stop sticking my head in places it shouldn’t be. I got a bunch of burs stuck in my furs.

I have to say I was very happy to be home too. Daddy was there and he got me a treat and there was nice air conditioning, and stuff. I guess what I’m saying is that as long as I’m with mama and daddy it doesn’t matter if I’m sleeping outside or over one of my air conditioning vents, I’m a happy camper.

Look at the big fungus I found mama!

Hahaha. See what I did there? Happy camper. Yep. That’s me.

I don’t know if I’ll get to go camping again this season. Mama says she’ll try to get us one more trip before it’s too cold.

Come on mama, no more taking pictures, let’s go!

Frankly I don’t think it’s ever too cold, but that’s just me, mama seems to have a different opinion. She says we’ll have to go further away to get a quiet spot as the campgrounds are full just about everywhere even through the month of September.

Mama didn’t take many pictures this trip. This is her artsy-fartsy picture. She always has at least one.

I guess more people are figuring out what I always knew — camping is a perfect vacation!

Signing out for now, your camping guide Katie-girl.

Thanks, mama, for taking me camping!

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.

32 thoughts on “Finally!

  1. “4,000 steps by 7 a.m.” LOL! Good girl, Katie.

    Photos are lovely as always; make me want to go camping. But then I never actually pack up and do it. I’d love it if there were more beautiful wildflowers this time of year like your photos. There would be up in, say, Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite (around 9,000 ft), but it’s closed because of COVID although apparently if they have any of the very limited reservations available you can carry your things in from the road? Not helpful if one wants to just sleep in the back of one’s van. 😉

    Glad that you both had some fun and got to listen to some great music all night long!
    … I know, I’m sorry.


    • The music wasn’t that bad, some of it was from an era that you and I would recognize from our youth I think, though I wasn’t sure. It was just loud and who thinks that everyone else wants to hear their music? We had fun the other days though. Here again I wish we lived closer, we could camp for a couple nights. You could sleep in your van, and we’d sleep in the tent…though of course you’d be welcome in a tent too.


  2. Hi, Katie – This looks like a great camping trip (despite the noise and the bit of unexpected wet weather). I’m so glad that you got to go along…at least for some of it. I’ve been rooting for you! 😀


    • Katie says thank you! She’s glad SOMEONE is rooting for her. Sometimes she thinks no one appreciates her company which is not true. It’s just that sometimes mama really needs some time on her own.


  3. 4000 steps on the FitBit by 7am…


  4. Oh, Katie–or should I say, ‘Coach’–you had me laughing at 4000 steps by 7am. Has Mama thanked you yet? That must have been a nice break–some time with Mama and then A/C and dad. Thank goodness they treat you like the royalty you are. I hope you get some camping in this month. It is still way too hot here in Florida.


    • I’m thinking I’ll watch the weather at the end of the month. Campgrounds are open with bathrooms and water till the middle of October. If I had a camper with indoor plumbing I could camp later then that. I have a concert to play (?!?!?!?!!!) on Sept 26, but after that maybe we can get away. At the very least I can set the tent up in the yard and she thinks that’s pretty nifty too.

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  5. So glad you got a chance to go camping, Katie. It looks like a fun trip in spite of the noisy people. 🙂


  6. Sounds like quite an adventure. As fur burs, we get burs in our fur all the time.


    • Do you? I try to keep her out of the burs but they seem to find her anyway. I had to cut these out. Her fur gets so tangled. But she has so much of it she doesn’t usually miss what I cut away.


  7. I love the picture of Katie on the boardwalk the 2nd to the last pic. 4000 steps by 7 am lol.


  8. Katie, I am delighted you finally got to go on a camping adventure — and what an adventure it was! Good for you, getting your mama out and about! Four thousand steps by 7 a.m.?? What a GOOD coach you are! Tell your mama I remember burs just like that getting in Dallas’s furs, and they were a mess. He hated for me to take the brush to them, but they wouldn’t come out any other way. And I love her artsy picture — such pretty silks!


  9. Katie needs to start her own virtual personal training business. The trigger on the phone could be a recording of her voice– a very insistent bark. I’m sure it would be very popular!


  10. I’m glad those burs in the fur weren’t ticks! Sandy and I went camping also on those few cooler days. We came home just before the holiday. The campground was already filling up Thursday night with a couple of rigs coming in after dark.


    • I left on Thursday. Monday and Tuesday the campground was almost empty. We had a lovely time those days. But Wednesday it started filling up and Wednesday there was a site partying all night that really irritated me. Long story. The night ranger phone # on the bathroom bulletin board didn’t work. I complained the next morning as I was leaving. I also did a written complaint but I doubt I’ll hear anything from the DNR.


  11. Love the arty picture. Sounds like you had quite the exciting time with Coach Katie. Such a pleasure to see so many pictures of that beautiful girl.


  12. Thanks, Katie, for sharing your camping trip with us. You’re a good coach and great camping companion.


  13. Aww, sweet Katie!! Sounds like day trips are easier than the whole camping thing at her age. Giggling at all the steps you got by 7am, oh my! Lol 😉 she sure looks great at her age, hugs to you Katie girl! 💖


  14. Always an adventure when camping with Katie. And star gazing!

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    • Yep, not as pretty as the stars further up north, but still pretty. We were pretty close to the city, which is why the campground is full so much of the season. Next trip, if there is a next trip this season, will be further away. Don’t know if I can get one scheduled, but will try. I keep thinking maybe I won’t have that much more time with her, even though she’s very healthy for an almost 14 year old, but still, she loves to go, and it’s cooler now, her kind of weather, so it would be a shame if I didn’t get one more trip in for her to enjoy.

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  15. What a great camping adventure!! Looks like you had some fun!!


    • We did have fun. We’re going the last week in September up north for a final camping trip of the season. She’ll be 14 in December, so I keep thinking that maybe it will be her final final camping trip, but I hope not. We slept out in the backyard last night and she wanted to go in at 1:30 in the morning. Silly girl. She’s such a princess.


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