Being the Campologist’s wife has its challenges and advantages.  As I have said in my first post, I do like camping and have the Campologist to thank for that. 

I have always been an “outdoorsy girl”. My family camped for many

summers in a 16′ travel trailer with a kitchen, comfy bed, and a bathroom nearby. I did go to girl guide camp (although I must admit, I kind of hated it ) and that is about it.

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Tracy & Bruce – Northern British Columbia, Canada

Meeting the Campologist challenged me to stretch my experience in the great outdoors.  I am surprised that I continued camping with him when one of my first backpacking trips (after finishing a night shift) was filled with OMGs.  Camping next to the largest collection of bullfrogs, sleep deprived, hiking through a bog and ending up waist-deep in muck, with wild turkeys jumping out in front of me are among my first memories. 

Over the next 30-plus years we have had many camping adventures, which I am now thinking of blogging about from MY perspective…(Will be interesting reading for sure)

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Tracy stealing a kiss at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

 The Challenges of being the wife of the Campologist:

  • Way too much camping stuff in the house,
  • His idea of a great vacation is trekking through the woods, mine is the Barcelo in Cabo San Lucas,
  • Having to wait to eat dinner, while he tests how many litres of water his new fuel canister can burn,
  • Being asked repeatedly, do you want to sleep in the backyard in the tent, for no apparent reason,
  • When asked to make dinner, his idea is to open a backpacker pantry dehydrated pouch and really think that’s what I meant when I asked him to make dinner.
  • Having another kayak appear, and now I think they are creating their offspring,
  • The list goes on…


  • New lightweight trekking poles,
  • He goes on solo trips,
  • I have stretched my outdoor self and can now pee and poop in the woods with no problem,
  • New outdoor clothing,
  • He goes on extended trips leaving me to experiment with paint colours in the house,
  • I have the skills to exist if zombies take over the world,
  • Appreciate the outdoors. (Had to end with a serious note)

I’m not sure camping was included in our wedding vows, but we are in for the long haul with many adventures to follow.

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Tracy & Bruce – Backpacking in Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada


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