Last weekend, a friend and I ventured out for a little relaxation just up the road:
Above: Super Secret Campsite … somewhere in Idaho, but most definitely not 13 miles past The Dirty Shame up FSR 698.
I was especially excited for the jaunt, as I had just purchased a collapsible camp table, and this was to be its initial outdoor use (I did set it up in my living room when I first got it, where it somehow was, within minutes, covered in CDs, dog hair, and old issues of the New Yorker magazine). It performed beyond my wildest dreams (and believe me, my wildest dreams, with respect to flat surfaces that are merely required to support a fairly light camp stove, are pretty dang wild), and a delightful meal of steak (marinated overnight in teriyaki, and served with sautéed onions, of course … being in the woods doesn’t mean one need dine like a heathen) and baked potatoes was thoroughly enjoyed. Of course, being
Normally, I think that the forest creatures are asked to not bother the campers (at least through September), but the succulent smells of the remains of dinner must have overwhelmed them, for I was awakened as the person with whom I was camping crashed through the tent door from what I assume was a late moonlit stroll:
Person With Whom I Was Camping: THERE’S A SKUNK! THERE’S A GODDAMN SKUNK OUT THERE!
Dead Acorn: You know, I was thinking about that ... what would you rather encounter at night: a skunk or a porky-pine?
PWWIWC: WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? THERE’S A SKUNK RIGHT OUTSIDE!
Dead Acorn: Neither would be pleasant, I imagine. With the skunk, there’d be no sharp barbed quills piercing your skin, of course, but on the other hand, it’d be kind of a long stinky drive down to the store to get the tomato sauce to get rid of the smell. Tough call.
PWWIWC: YOU’RE AN IDIOT! THERE’S A SKUNK OUT THERE RIGHT NOW! AND IT’S ‘PORCUPINE,’ NOT PORKY-PINE, ASSHOLE!
Bear Outside Munching On Leftover Steak: Could you guys keep it down, please? And did you bring any horseradish?
Both the skunk and the bear evidently grew bored with the discussion and waddled off their separate ways, but I’m definitely going speak to the Forest Service about their manners. If everyone can’t agree to some basic guidelines for a civil society, can we really say we’re any better than the Minnesota Vikings?