Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Roughin' It

Until this past weekend, it had been about 10 years since I had been camping. Let's face it, I'm one of those girls that doesn't really get along with nature. I like my bed, my shower, my sparkly clean toilet, and being able to kill every spider that dares to set an appendage over my threshold.

But when our dear friends Nick and Cindy (you can read their account of the trip here) asked us if we would be interested in an end-of-summer camping trip, I finally caved. Well, I have to admit, part of it was the sheer stubborn will that I've had ever since I was a child. If other people can camp, then so can I. Even if I die trying.

So, since we are all quite adventurous (read: ignorant), we thought it would be a great idea to book a backpacking campsite. For all you other non-campers out there, that means you have to carry everything in on foot. No backing up your u-haul and unloading all your crap, you have to strap it on your back and carry it in. 1 mile, 1/4 of which was a pretty extreme uphill hike.

We also realized, after booking the site of course, that there were no flush toilets or shower facilities. Oops.

 But although we got off to a rather rocky start, the trip was really amazing. Our campsite was so remote, we barely heard or saw anyone else. It was up on the bluffs of the St. Croix river, so the views were stunning!

We got to chop our own firewood, and haul water back and forth from the well.

We also had some of the most amazing food ever. Like these banana desserts, ohmygoodness. I'm still dreaming about them! Cindy has the deets on how to make these over at her blog, The Flipping Couple. 

There were some beautiful sunsets, here's one we saw as we were heading back up the trail to our campsite.

 It was such a wonderful trip. The views, the weather, the food, and especially the company were perfect. So after such a successful camping trip, I think I will have to do it again!

How about you? Do you enjoy camping?


  1. Good for you! So glad you went, what a trooper you are.

  2. Love it. Man, that was a fun weekend. I'm impressed with our survival skills. : )

  3. That looks like SO much fun! Love the remoteness. I'm with you when it comes to camping. I miss the convenience of my bathroom. But if it's just a night or two, it's usually really doable and the experience of being outdoors enjoying nature always wins!



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