Epic things happen while camping
So this past weekend the boyfriend and I got invited to join some friends for a camping trip. Now I come from a family of glampers. We have always camped in either a Rv or cabin. Most of my friends joke about when I go on vacations I turn into Princess Vespa from Space Balls. I have dabbled in the art of camping, my first major adult camp trip was to Counterpoint festival a few years ago. I was so excited, I had my first big girl tent, and I decorated it with wind chimes, glow stars and even had a light. I was so proud. I can honestly say with the help of my boyfriend I have successfully leveled up on my camping.
The site wasn't that far away, about two hours east from Atlanta, but we had an added does of sarcastic awesome when we got stuck in traffic almost the whole way there. This put us in nowheresville in the dark of the night. Thank goodness for flashlights, friends and good communication. Since we didn't get there till dark we weren't really able to see the campsite and all it's glory at first. So we settled in, and sat around the fire pit sharing stories and meeting new friends.
Friday night was a real wake up call on camping in the fall. Even though I thought I was prepared for cold weather camping, I clearly wasn't. Around 2:30am I woke up freezing, having to pee and realizing that trying to put on clothes half asleep in a tent is for sure an adventure. Quite comical actually. Saturday morning as the sun rose I was lifted out of sleep by both the sounds of nature and the sounds of laughter. Everyone joking about the same exact things. Whew!
As the sun rose the view from our tent was so beautiful it reminded me of why I wanted to go in the first place. After getting dressed, sipping some coffee and learning how to brush my teeth in the wild, I was ready for some outdoor adventuring. The weather was so perfect, a beautiful 70 degrees and was perfect for bringing my Spirit Hood out from hibernating.
We decided to wander through the woods and see what was there to be explored. After about a mile or two we came across this amazing structure that was once a mill. Of course I had to get a closer look and convinced my boyfriend to help me climb, well more like slide down, into the formation. It was so cool to get to see what was left of the turbines up close. You can see in the picture(s) above of the two of us in front of the archway. a couple more miles down the trail I started to hear the rapids and the sounds of a waterfall, one of my favorite structures of water. We came to the Watson Mill Bridge (link above), a bridge that is over one hundred years old and still working. This was the bridge that we had to cross when coming in, dark and slowly creeping across the boy decided to say, "Hey it's like the bridge in Beetlejuice". Yes, thanks babe, I now have visions of us falling into the water at night. But all was well and I can now say I finally crossed a covered bridge.
Around the bridge were some amazing rock formations and so much fun to climb around. I found a small lagoon over looking the bridge and rapids. I decided to do a quick meditation and gratitude check in. I was so happy, smile beaming from ear to ear. As I finished meditating it was time to head back and check in with our group. My boyfriend who has killer balance let from rock to rock, he is really part cat. I decided I wanted to get my feet wet and walk across the rocks. Plus, there was a smoother pathway but covered in yellow jackets. I am not a fan. So I had that thought process of "get feet wet or take a chance and get stung", so feet wet it was. It didn't end well. I put one foot on the rock and my hand out stretched to my boyfriends. As soon as the foot hit the rock I did a epic slip and slide onto my butt. Mud from head to toe on one side and cracking up. "Laugh with yourself as often as you can, it keeps you humble, funny and endearing." Then I had to walk the 3-4 miles back to camp muddy, wet and bruised bum.
"Laugh with yourself as often as you can, it keeps you humble, funny and endearing."
As the day grew and started to warm up it was nice to have some me time with the fall colors, cool breeze and beautiful trees surrounding. I was happy I brought my yoga mat and got to get in a session in the woods. As I did my yoga sequence some of my campmates started making jokes about me being a character in Dungeons and Dragons and what each of them would do if they saw this upon their missions. As zen as I was trying to be, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this conversation. I thought it was awesome. After my yoga session I settled down and began to catch up on Lord of the Rings. Nothing like being in the woods, reading about men on a quest through the woods.
A friend of mine wanted to go check out an abandoned bridge that was rumored to be by our camp. I jumped up volunteering to go on another hiking adventures. Grabbed our cameras and headed off for some girl time and explorations. We almost missed the bridge but when we found it we celebrated in our success. The bridge was super pretty, with vines all intertwined and stone structure support beams. As tired as our legs were, at this point we both were totaling around 10 plus miles that day, we still wanted to see more. This park had so much to offer, paddle boats, historic buildings, picnic tables in the river, and amazing sights. I even got to see and hold my first stick insect, he was beautiful! We also had a gorgeous owl stop and hang out at our camp site for a while. Such a majestic creature. The Owl represents wisdom, knowledge and provides a good omen for your endeavors, Which you know I am so down for that!
This trip was much needed, I feel refreshed, rejuvenated and completely relaxed. You know they say that spending only two hours in nature can reduce stress and anxiety, but a whole weekend will completely reboot your whole system. Your biological clock resets, your body detoxifies, and you even increase brain function. So yay for the outdoors, especially in fall!
Some of my favorite things that happened this weekend:
Our Camping Trip
This is a short video of our camping trip, hope you like it!
As always, thanks for stopping by and I look forward to sharing more adventures in the future. Have a wonderful evening everyone! Let me know in the comments below if you have some awesome recommendations for weekend getaways, I'm looking to go more and more. Kisses!
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