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40 yo not 20 anymore - needs softer ground cover
on June 6, 2017
I've been camping infrequently my entire life, but I'm getting more into camping consistently, and need a new ground pad. I had a 3/4 length, non-self-inflating one that I've had for years, but it's cold and not so cushy, and I almost pass out every time I blow the darn thing up. I did research - so much research. Everything I read/heard indicated it was the best one. The hipster kids from the outdoor shop in my town raved. I'm trying to be cool (do kids say cool, anymore?), so obviously, this is the camping pad for me, I thought. I tried it out this weekend camping (it's early June, and the nights here get to the high 50's/low 60's, so being warm is still necessary), and was disappointed. Where did I go wrong, you ask? Probably in thinking I could tackle camping like I'm still 20, which I am decidedly not. So the good, it definitely reflected heat and kept me warm. I tested before the trip on my living room floor with the AC blasting, and I was sweating within minutes. In that sense, it is kind of a miracle since I'm always cold. I might actually put this in my bed in the winter. Hubs will thank me, since my ice block feet might not need him. However, here's where we get into "maybe I'm too old for camping" territory: this pad is very thin. Like, how-anyone-can-sleep-on-this-pad-and-feel-any-comfort-from-the-ground-is-beyond-me thin. I felt like the princess and the pea (I'm the princess, in case you're wondering, and every dang thing on the ground was the pea). If you are looking at this for ground comfort (rather than temperature comfort), you may be disappointed, but then maybe I'm just super sensitive. Hubs says as much all the time, though he's usually referring to emotions, and not sensory response, so there's that. I'm a side sleeper when I'm falling asleep (stomach when I get to sleep), and it was pretty uncomfortable. Body parts kept falling asleep from where the little points were digging into me - is it necessary to feel like I'm sleeping on a bed of pointy bouncy balls? I was very sore when I got up - and when I got up was significantly after I woke, since I had to wait for feeling to return to my extremities. Perhaps this is all because I'm not 20 anymore; this is certainly the case with so many other things, like remembering where I put my keys, being able to kill a bottle of wine, you know - important stuff. But I definitely needed something softer under me if I'm going to be sleeping on the ground. Now get off my lawn before I turn the sprinklers on you!