Getting Back in the Groove
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Hello again, friends! It's been a while. Time is zooming by in the way it only does when there's too much on one's plate, and I admit I was shocked when I logged in and realized it's been more than a month since our last blog post.
Saturday was Andrew's birthday, and I miraculously had Friday night off, so we took advantage of the occasion and drove our Element about an hour and a half away to one of Washington's many free campgrounds in the Capitol State Forest. It was so easy to just drive up and find a spot, we are looking forward to this kind of travel in the fall on our road trip. Well, I say "easy." It almost was, but so far in our lives we've been fair weather campers, which means it's been at least 8 months since we were out in the wilderness (and that's a conservative estimate).
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In a twist of fate nearly unheard of in this beautiful region on a sunny Friday afternoon, our preferred campsite remained unclaimed by the time we returned, our Element now suitably filthy. Though now we had a neighbor just a little ways over, no real complaints because he had two very friendly dogs who didn't hesitate to visit. Having reclaimed our status as gods of flame, we now had the ability to operate our camp stove, which was our only plan for food, and start a fire. We hiked a little and practiced our Instagram poses near a couple of small waterfalls before popping open a six-pack of Heineken and prepping our hot dogs for cooking.
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Our "unprepared camper hack" that we are possibly most proud of was realizing why people own such things as "camp chairs," recognizing that even if we'd wanted to pack some we do not own any, adding them to our shopping list, and then wondering if we don't need them after all once Andrew removed our two back seats from the Element and plopped them on the ground. Let's just say they were plush. They even have little cup holders built in. If they weren't so flipping heavy we might just think they were made for this purpose. Admittedly, we do see the value in lightweight, easy-folding camp chairs (and they make them with cup holders I guess) but no regrets in terms of our fireside seating experience this weekend.
We slept for a good 11 hours in our little 2-person tent (that we love), had a delicious-but-awkwardly-cooked breakfast scramble, and threw all our stuff back into the car to make it home to host a killer birthday party Saturday night.
At the end of the day (night?) we were able to use this brief excursion to A) remind ourselves of the basic essentials that need to be packed to make our lives easier, B) start getting practiced again at finding neat places to explore for cheap (or free!), and C) edit our shopping and packing list for the road trip portion of our adventure. It also reaffirmed our excitement about our Element, which, once we start moving on the rough plans we have, is going to be *bitchin'*.
We're going to get some camp chairs though.
|My "sexy Instagram" pose. Andrew says it needs work. Thoughts?|