Do you know how hard it is trying to convince some femmes to spend time in a natural setting, eating and sleeping in the woods? The best option I've found is using a level of alcohol that induces the state of a short coma. When she wakes up she's already at the campsite and basically has to live with those conditions for the next day or two. Throwing a potato and a steak on the grill tremendously helps too.
On our very first camping weekend we had found a great, secluded spot in a state park. We made it through the setting up the tent and area with minor struggles. The steaks had been cooked to perfection and the fire pit was keeping our toes nice and warm. I made sure anything that contained, smelled like or looked like food was secure in the car before we zipped up for the night. I knew we were in black bear country the Wife didn't know jack.
In the middle of the night I was awaked by an elbow nudged very forcefully into my ribs and the Wife whispering "Jude! I hear something!!" "There's an animal out there making noise, trying to get into our car, into our tent...." "Quiet" I told her so I could hear whatever it was, sure enough something was outside the tent making some major noise. "It must be a bear" she said and that got my overly imaginative brain going full speed. Plans were set for our escape.
I slowly unzipped the tent and with flashlight and car keys in hand I charged the car to unlock and slipped into the drivers side. Unlocking the passenger side the Wife was only seconds behind me. We were still alive! We looked around the area to see where the noise was coming from and what we saw where the black bear was suppose to be were two raccoons having their way with the garbage can. Sounds are much noisier in the quiet.
I looked at the Wife, smiled then went back into our tent.