When my husband and I were first married, lo those 24 years ago, we were poor college students and looking for something inexpensive to do during spring break. We decided we would go tent camping since we had friends we could borrow the gear from. And although they told us they couldn't find the tent stakes, they assured us it wouldn't be a big deal.
So, we spent a bit of time getting things together and headed out to Oklahoma's Green Leaf park. It was late when we left because we'd had school that morning. The park wasn't too far from where we lived. About an hour or so, if I recall correctly.
The night was beautiful, and we were able to get a spot without too much problem. Turned out everyone else in Western Oklahoma had decided to camp at the park that night, too! We got the tent put up, trying to be quiet as other campers were sleeping. "Where's the blankets?" I asked my husband. "Huh?" Oh, great, he'd forgotten the blankets. It was pretty cool out, too. Well, we both couldn't go get the blankets, so my husband went, and I stayed and shivered.
The next day was quite breezy, and we decided to go for a hike around the lake. We went about a mile when I told my husband I didn't think I could make it all the way around the lake, so we turned around and headed back uphill towards camp.
Once we got back to one of the roads of the camping area, we saw a person rolling their dome tent down the road. Huh? We figured the wind must have caught it and we laughed about it. When we got back to our site, we saw immediately that something was wrong with the orientation of our tent, but couldn't figure out what it was.
Upon seeing us, the campers from the next site came over. "We don't know who it was," they said, "but someone pulled all the stakes out of your tent, and it was blowing down the road. We got it and brought it back!"
Of course, we didn't tell them that we didn't bring any stakes, and we realized then that the door of the tent was pointing in a different direction than when we'd left. Ever since then, we make sure we bring sleeping bags and tent stakes!