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22) Camp out in our backyard 1 Feb 2012

It’s an abnormally balmy February morning in Toronto. The sweet smell of mud, the damp city air, and the drone of Dundas Street has woken me from a relatively comfortable night of backyard camping in our new Vango Helium ultralite tent for two.

Yesterday I received an excited text message from John informing me that our tent had finally arrived in the mail from London, England. We had been waiting months in anticipation. Weighing only 2.6 pounds, the Vango Helium 200 is said to be the lightest tent on the market. Just what we need to get through our upcoming long distance treks.

As soon as I got home, we agreed to promptly bail on our evening’s social obligation, and throw an impromptu backyard camp-out instead. We set up the tent, strung up backyard lights, bought a self-burning log, and made some s’mores on the BBQ.

The rest of the night we spent bundled in our sleeping bags, watching wilderness movies on the iPad. John fell asleep in the middle of a mildly entertaining Alec Baldwin/Anthony Hopkins film circa 1997 called The Edge.

Three to-do’s in one night. Not bad at all.


*More pics of us and backyard lights here.

*More pics of us and backyard s’mores here.