Joe was not good about reading instructions and was soon frustrated with attempts at putting up a tent. Taking pity on the camping greenhorn a camping neighbor finally stepped in and helped Joe get the canvas home in place.
Next came the camp stove which must have it's fuel tank pumped up before it will give blue flames from the burners. Joe burned many matches and fingers before help arrived. He found some of the veggies in the ice chest floating in ice water before he found out the drain plug has to be open to let the water escape.
The kids were allowed to bring along one toy so a boom box radio was allowed on the picnic table where it loudly entertained them and all the neighbors from local station KNPT .Everyone's eardrums were saved at 7 P.M.when it unknowingly went off the air. Next morning, promptly 6 A.M. a trumpet sounded reveille to announce the beginning of "On The Air" to all the people in camp who were no longer happy campers!
After sloppily bundling everything together and dumping it in the car the little family headed home. Five miles from camp a little voice in the rear announced, "Daddy, I have to go to the bathroom."
" Why didn't you go when we were still in camp," he asked? "Because I didn't have to", she replied.
Joe pulled into a combo service station-convenience store so the little girl could go potty and mom could buy some soda pop and snacks.
A short distance down the road again the little girl called, "Daddy" and he told her, "Shut Up!" She tried again and got the same answer, along with a sweeping swat at her that missed.
Another try again down the road she quickly said, "But daddy, mommy left her purse on top of the car back there!"
Later, at home the kids were telling all their friends what a fun time they had camping.
Joe sold all his camping gear.