Luckily, The Husband and I both had Friday off, so we took our time doing a few last minute errands, making sure everything was set for the bunny sitter, and packing the car. We arrived at our rather secluded (surrounded by steep hills on three sides) campsite around 4:00pm on Friday afternoon and immediately set about setting up our tent since there were some gray, ominous looking clouds in the sky and the wind was pretty gusty. After one minor snafu, we went from this:
The Husband got our campfire started while I blew up our air mattress and topped it with no less than 5 layers of blankets! We've learned that camping in cool weather requires some extra insulation and, since the temperature was predicted to be near or below freezing on both nights of our trip, we brought an arsenal of blankets and sleeping bags!
After the fire was going it was definitely time to eat. I'm not a fan of attempting to cook on a campfire, so I fired up our trusty camp stove and in no time at all, we were scarfing down burgers and beans.
|If you want food styling - find a food blog!|
I don't know if this was caused by lightening, an uncontrolled campfire, or arson, but whatever it is...it's definitely not good! Fortunately there are other facilities available in the area.
When I returned to our site, I was pleased to see that you really couldn't see much from the main road.
|Our tent is behind the stand of trees to the right.|
|The trail leads up to a seldom-used service road|
After breakfast and a couple of cups of coffee, we set off on our mini-adventure for the day.
|I wasn't kidding when I said that coffee is a food group in the Rabbits & Runs houe|
We hiked approximately a mile out to one of the backpack shelters, turned around, and headed back - and passed a herd of slow-moving Boy Scouts on the way!
Once back at our campsite, we made our fire, had dinner (chicken and mashed potatoes), and settled down to read by the fire until the light faded. By midnight, we were ready for bed, so we piled on our layers and crawled into the tent. It was definitely cold, but not as brutal as the night before.
This morning we had breakfast, packed up all our gear, and sat around a small fire made with our remaining wood to read for a bit before heading back to reality. It was great to unplug for a weekend (no tv, cell phones, computers), but it's also great to be home (HOT running water, indoor plumbing, etc.)!