Epic things happen while 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.
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.
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."
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!
Some of my favorite things that happened this weekend:
- Waking up to crunchy leaves and pretty colors
- Making an omelet in a bag
- Yoga in the woods
- Exploring historic sites
- Falling in the river
- holding a stick bug
- Making S'mores in the fire pit
- Laughing with friends about silly stories
- Being silly with my boyfriend
- Wearing my Spirit Hood
- Having no phones
- Using minimal technology
- Bundling up and sleeping in my new sleeping bag
- Becoming a character in someones Dungeons and Dragons game
- Spending quality time with friends and my boyfriend with no Facebook, instagram or any other phone based app.
- Seeing an owl in the wild
- Laughing, playing around and being silly all weekend long!