Last weekend there was a get together (G2G) for Northeast Firewood Hoarders (and Pellet Pigs). I have belonged to that forum for several years and feel I have gotten to "know" some of them. Since the G2G was in northern NH, I decided to attend. At first I was just going to do a day trip, but as the time grew close, and the host was promising a great surprise after dark, I decided I could camp in the truck. The hosts let us know we were welcome to camp on their property and they would have a porta-potty, so I bought an air mattress online, bought a sleeping bag good to 40* and a battery powered lantern. Of course I took food and other stuff. Looking at the truck one would think I was going for a week :D
Camping in the truck was comfortable and the sleeping bag kept me toasty even though the temps got down to 32*.
Somebody brought pallets for a bonfire, so the host unloaded the truck with his tractor.
The coolest thing was watching Scotty Overkill (his screen name) bring down a 100' tree, just behind the hosts' house was amazing;
Another tree was also taken down at the edge of a field and a bunch of guys had fun showing off their saws, using their saws to cut to length, and splitting so all the hosts' had to do was stack it for drying
All the attendees got together online and played Santa in June by getting host and hostess gifts. The host got a box - with chains for the tractor
The hostess got to read the card and got a nice-sized gift certificate for a local store.
And, of course we had the bonfire with both limbs from the fir tree that Scotty had taken down as well as the pallets.
The furthest traveler award went to Backwoods Savage (screen name) and he came all the way from Michigan. He met up with a couple coming from Ohio and spent the night at their house, then they caravaned to NH. Nobody had a clue that he would show up. We had someone from RI and several from CT and NY, a couple from PA another from ME, and yet another from NJ - not to mention 5-6 people from NH (some couldn't make it). It was a well tended event - Had a great time and got to meet a bunch of cool people. Not that "cool" would be what the general populous would call these people - more rednecks, but my definition works for me!