Camping Like a Boss

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Last week we went camping. Wait, make that CAMPING, for the 4th of July. I haven't always loved sleeping under the stars. As a youngster my family camped a lot because that's what you do when you have a family of seven. Not to mention all the church camps and Girl Scout camps I endured. In fact, I remember thinking that summer was just one big long dirty camping trip. And I was not happy about that. One summer I even found out that our family dog had died...while, you guessed it, I was at camp. I was miserable. Except for the food. I always loved the food. Looking back, like a lot things we are forced to do as a kid, I now have a greater appreciation for it as an adult. Go figure.

When Ken and I were dating I bought a burnt orange tent and we went camping together on two different occasions. Ken, being the great planner he is, put together this comprehensive list of everything we could ever possibly need to pack. And it came in so handy this last trip. Proper planning is key to camping like a boss. That, and NOT camping in the rain. Since this was our first camping trip as a married couple I was really excited to enjoy our mini-vacation together. We decided to camp at Lake of the Ozarks so that Ken's brother's family, that live in Wichita, could meet up with us at the park. It was a win-win.

Camping, as you might know, can be a bit of a gamble. But we ended up with a great site that had plenty of shade and lots of space between us and our neighbors. The weather was also brilliant and I reaffirmed my love of ear plugs. Ohh, aaaaaand we used chocolate covered Belgian waffle cookies for our s'mores. BAM!

One night as I sat watching hundreds of fireflies twinkle in the twilight air, I felt a great calm and peace flow over me. I started to breathe deeper and savor that specific moment. Returning to nature and disconnecting for a couple of days did my soul a great deal of good. I hope we get to go camping a few more times before the summer is out. Also, I've officially decided that we must must MUST install a hammock in our home.
Images by me.

1 comments:

  1. I miss my hammock. There are few things better in this world. And oooh those smores look divine! Glad you had a great time!

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