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Anyone have any amusing anecdotes to enthrall the rest of us with? Things that have happened to you, or someone you know. funny things, scary things, annoying things. Things that make you shake your head now and say "What the Hell was I thinking?" Of course this is intended for empirical knowledge only, in order to enlighten people on what to avoid on their future outings, and is not intended for entertainment purposes in any way. : )
For example: Camping on the side of a mountain, setting up your tent, then deciding that the nearly perfectly spherical 24" diameter rock, about 15' uphill from the aforementioned tent, would make a very good seat if rolled over to the fire pit...It didn't make it. Started rolling it sideways towards the fire pit, and discovered that even though it is nearly spherical and rolls quite nicely, on a 15 to 20 degree slope it has a great deal of POTENTIAL energy. That potential was realised when it started rolling down hill and I discovered that it is impossible to stop a 300-350 pound bowling ball when it starts rolling down a 15 to 20 degree slope. My tent however did a Very good job of stopping it. The tent was on a "level" ; ) piece of ground with a log that had almost gone back to Earth, being not much more than a long mound of raised ground on the down-hill side of my tent. Well...giant bowling ball rolls down-hill, straight into my tent. If my door had been open it would have rolled right in. Door wasn't open however, and my tent ended up looking just like a catchers mitt with a big dirty baseball nestled inside. Needless to say I was horrified, and all my friends were on the ground pissing themselves. But, as the luck that favours fools would have it, there wasn't any damage to the tent in any way. Not one broken pole, no zipper damage, no screen damage, not one popped seam. Nothin'... Well, nothing except my pride. This was 19 years ago, and still, to this DAY, anytime I go camping with someone who's familiar with the incident, they always make sure to ask if I'm planning on moving any rocks around. And, if so, do it BEFORE the tents are set up! : ) I guess I'll never live it down. Nnnnnnext!