Each year the unit that Paul recruits out of goes on a big huge camping trip.
They are based out of SLC, but the Marines are spread though much of the north-west.
We all met together in Challis Hot Springs, Idaho for a mandatory fun weekend.
we left montana as early as we could get our shit together on the 22nd of June and packed the dogs up for the long drive to Challis. Okay so 5 hours isn’t that long, but this girl gets terribly car sick on windy mountain roads, so 5 hours is a very long time for me.
Renji, who is normally a good car rider, had been a holy terror. But after about 3 hours calmed down and laid down for a nap.
(yes i know, my dogs should be restrained, but we had no way to kennel or buckle them up with all the camping gear in the car. At least they aren’t hanging out the window)
Just after 4 we arrived to Challis. We quickly set up our tent because Paul had to report to a briefing before dinner. We were very lucky to have the last campsite. There was no one beyond us. It was very quiet.
the ground was hard as rock, well it was rock, we discovered after bending two tent stakes.
we also discovered a new use for our extra water jug. Since we couldn’t get the dog stakes into the ground to tie them up we found an ingenious way to keep them on a short leash.
Night one was spending drinking, a lot. And day two was spent (me) being hungover, a lot, and napping, while the guys did their Marine training stuff.
The next day was the ECO challenge, where all the Marines got together and did a bunch of silly Marine stuff in the blazing sun. While all of us women just watched.
And that was it, that night we had dinner, a few drinks and went to bed. The next day we broke down camp and went home.