May 28, 2013

Memorial Day Camping!


This past Memorial Day weekend was a most interesting time...

Matt, some friends, and I drove upstate to stay in a cabin for a few days. We were hoping it would be an easy, sun-filled little mini vacation, but there were reports of bad weather. We said "pish posh" to those silly weather reports, moved forward with the decision to go.

The car ride up was filled with all the fun of any road trip! Complete with a brunch at a waffle house, endless giggles in the car, and a pit stop for last-minute supplies at Wal-mart. When we got to the campgrounds, however, it was evident that we picked the wrong weekend to go camping. It was cold and rainy, just as the weather reports had said, and was projected to stay that way.

I guess I didn't fully grasp the implications of camping in the rain, as I hadn't been camping for real since I was little. All the cabins I've come across in my adult life have had electricity and/ or furnaces. Ours didn't. Most of the time, there was nothing to do but sit around the fire pit and try to warm ourselves, as the rain was falling on us.


Despite the conditions though, there were little moments of joy:

Smores.
Being with nature.
The smell of campfire smoke.
Bacon sizzling on a skillet in the morning.
Discovering a new favorite drink (ginger brandy & gingerale!)
Watching the crackling fire for the better part of an hour, without a word passed between us.

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Stirring some eggs after rolling out of my sleeping bag. Un-makeup-ed, and in clothes I'd been in for two straight days!

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Luckily, the rain never got to full-on pouring- it was mostly semi-consistent drizzles the entire time. So we got to explore some of the little trails near the campsite. This was one of my favorite parts of the weekend. I never get to see so much green!

The open fields were breathtaking, and there were little benches where you could sit and enjoy the glory. We also passed by and explored a little cemetery.

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We made our way back to the City on Sunday, and it was then that I had my very first Sonic experience! We wanted to stop there to end our trip, since only one in our group had ever eaten there. Their burger didn't impress me much, but I discovered that their milkshakes are dangerous! I was particularly taken with the peanut butter cookie shake. A nice finish to a crazy trip, with lots of high and low moments.

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I'm glad I had this experience, even if it wasn't the "perfect" time. Nothing in life is. It was nice to get out of the City, and sit near a beautiful fire. Would I go camping in the rain again? Probably not. But I'd love to try it out again someday when the sun is shining and the birds are singing :)



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  1. looks nice!
    good to hear you had a nice time despite of the rain and cold weather

    agree on the sonic milkshakes! mmm!

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  2. Sounds like a fun getaway- despite the weather. During college in Oregon, we used to camp a lot and it was pretty much always rainy, or at least cold. I always had a good time anyway. Now I would be such a wimp about that :) It's definitely good to spend some time outdoors- I really need to be better about that!

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    1. haha, yeah, i feel like you can overlook a lot of discomfort earlier in life. i remember not being bothered by things like this... i'm such a priss now! :D

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  3. I spent years of my life thinking that I didn't like camping because every time I had a camping experience, it was just like this one... drizzle and cold.

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  4. Aw, sorry to hear that your camping trip was a bust, but it seems like you made the best of it .. the smores look delicious!

    Monica
    www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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    1. well, it wasn't a total bust. we took the good with the bad. and the smores were wonderful!

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  5. Sounds like you definitely made the most of it. Where upstate did you go camping? You mentioning Walmart & Sonic makes me think you maybe near my neck of the woods. :)

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    1. i actually don't even know the name of the campsite, but do know that the nearest town was deposit, ny? close to pennsylvania. we stopped in scranton to get waffles :)

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  6. Sonic Shakes are the best! We have a Sonic almost every block....*ugh* Lovely picture of you in your cabin'wear!!!

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    1. i've been so weary of pictures of myself with absolutely no primping done, but thought this one was okay. thank you for the validation :)

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  7. this look likes so much fun! best part of working at a marshmallow factory is going to be making so many different smores this summer! i love fireball but have never tried ginger brandy— i'll have to pick some up! i'm glad you had fun despite the weather.

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    1. by itself, the ginger brandy wasn't anything to write home about. definitely try it with some ginger ale!! x

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  8. This sounds like such a fun time, despite the weather! I'm totally craving that ginger brandy now... and some bacon... and s'mores.... ;-)

    I'm not super impressed with Sonic's food, but yeah, the milkshakes are pretty yummy. Glad you had a nice weekend!

    Best,
    Danielle
    http://awriterinlove.blogspot.com

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  9. Looks like you had a fun time, even though it rained! I probably sound like a broken record, but I absolutely love the photos you put on this blog. Making ordinary moments something special :)

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  10. Sounds like you guys still had fun. We go camping a lot and have had many a soggy trip (we are in England and it rains a LOT!) , it all part of the adventure ;)

    Zoe @GypsieSister xx

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  11. i'm itching to go camping sooooo bad.

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  12. I'm glad you made it even though the weather! Sizzling bacon and warm s'more are the best!

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