I've always had an affinity for camping. Nothing crazy (yet), but a couple nights here and there "roughing it" is just what I need to clear my mind. It was the perfect thing to do while Hannah was here and I knew just the place. I call it "SecretEST Beach", as "Secret Beach" was already taken, and this place is even more secluded. I've never seen more than one or two other people on the beach at the same time and often I am the only one. It's a dream beach; clear, still water, soft sand, and big trees for shade when you need a break from the sun. It's a bit of a challenge to hike down to, but it's another world when you get there.
The first things you do when you get to a campsite (after exploring and playing a bit) is to take advantage of the daylight and gather firewood and set up the tent. Both are almost impossible to do in the dark, and can still be tricky even with headlamps. We scouted out the place and determined this to be the best spot:
Next up: the FIRE.
Somebody's got to do it. And it's actually quite fun once you get the hang of it (as long as it's not super windy or rainy--then it's pretty miserable).
The teepee method is always the best (in my opinion). This is what I did...
I used the leftover dried coconut husks, conveniently left by the last campers, as the base. Then I stuck a bunch of crumpled up newspapers on top of that along with some kindling (small pieces of easily flammable materials such as branches, dried moss, etc.). Then you make a teepee with small-ish branches/logs. A trick Max taught me was that you always go for the dead branches that have fallen off, or are lightly attached to trees. Never use driftwood, as it has been soaking in the ocean for quite some time, and although it may look dry, it may be virtually impossible to light it on fire. After lighting the newspaper with your handy dandy lighter (we're not that primitive), you let it catch the logs on fire before you start adding larger logs to keep the fire going. It's that simple! Okay, not usually, but this time it was!