Long ago, we had scheduled a family camping trip to Algonquin Park for the Labour Day long weekend in September. As the date came for us to leave, our cat got a bladder infection and was taken to the vet. He needed to be given medicine twice a day, so my wife stayed at home with our youngest, while I took our oldest son. The trip started off awesome. We set up camp, went for a hike then a quick swim before making some dinner. After a short campfire, we hit the hay, and then it started to rain… hard. Very hard. For several hours our tent was pelted by rain to the point where it could no longer be considered waterproof. Water was coming in from all sides and soaked my sleeping bag, my sons pillow even though we were off the ground on cots. At about 5am, the rain let up just enough for us to climb into the back of the van with one dry sleeping bag and pillow where we spent the rest of the night.
The rain held off for most of the second day and we got in a couple hikes, ice cream, another swim, a presentation on moose at the outdoor theatre, and another campfire. Our tent, sleeping bag and cots were still completely soaked, so we cleared out the back of the van and setup to spend the night in there. That night the rain came down hard again, but this time there was an epic lightening and thunderstorm included, but we remained dry. It’s surprising how comfortable the back of the van is to sleep in. The next morning, feeling a bit defeated, we had breakfast at the cafe at the Two Rivers Store before packing our stuff in the van and heading home… but not before one final hike at the logging museum.
Not the best camping trip, but one of the most memorable and my son remained in a great mood throughout it. He was talking about camping in Algonquin for weeks afterwards, so I guess not all was lost. The first 11 shots below were taken one my phone and the remaining on my Nikon F100.
Camera: Nikon F100
Lens: Nikon 85mm f/1.8
Film: Foma Retropan 320
Developer: Kodak HC-110 Dilution B @ 20.2C for 7:52 minutes.
Scanner: Epson V850
Catalog ID: 2018-042