Reposting because it’s finally cold here in California and I would rather be camping. This is from summer. Sweet summer…
So I have this friend who’s family is big into camping. Every year she asks me on at least 5 trips. I always create some kind of excuse because she couldn’t bear the truth- that someone wouldn’t be interested in camping. It’s been hard. Anyways, I knew I was moving soon and so when she asked this last time I surprised everyone (including myself) by saying YES.
No one thought it would really happen but I showed up bright and early with my hugely inappropriate luggage packed full of completely useless items. It was going to be awesome.
I learned there is a lot of work to putting up/taking down a campsite. This was certainly not glamping or whatever the hell people do. It was savage. Steph’s dad insisted we chop wood (that woodpile in the pic…all me & Steph!), there were bathrooms that I won’t even speak of here, and I’m pretty sure there was a mountain lion screaming his outrage in the wee hours of the night. And by wee hours I mean at like midnight. Because you’re already in bed by that time when you’re camping.
But there was also a lot of fun stuff. I went fishing for the first time in my life and caught some kind of polka dot trout. No one else caught a fish the whole week and it was my first time which = impressive. I (who spent years as a vegetarian) was so ashamed of myself I sent the poor little guy back and missed my opportunity to show everyone. Good thing I knew I was a big deal.
I spent the week hiking, fishing, roasting hot dogs/s’mores, chopping wood, slathering myself in bug spray and covered in dirt. Turns out I’m a huge fan of camping.
It needs to be said that I lived in Yosemite National Park for 3 years and never spent a night in the true wilderness. I know, its crazy right? I managed to stay in high heels and dresses the whole time :) Having lived in such a beautiful place as Yosemite, I was not prepared to be so in awe of the canyon we camped in. It was magnificent! These pictures don’t nearly do the place justice so hopefully on my next excursion I’ll take time to snap more photos. Yes, next camping trip, I can’t wait to get back out there!
What about you, have you been camping? Do you love or hate it?