Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Take a Hike!

I'm a little late getting this posted, but it's been a whirlwind since we got home, and I imagine it will continue to be until my mom gets here on Thursday! But anyway, on to the Memorial Day weekend recap.

Saturday morning we got up and drove to Tennessee. And of course it just wouldn't have been the same if we hadn't stopped and taken some random tourist photos:

And then it was time to stop messing around and get on the trail. Z's cousin & her husband were sweet enough to lend us their awesome backpacks and sleeping mats. After loading those things up with 45-50 lbs. each, we strapped ourselves in & started the trek to where we'd set up our own little camping area for the night. Don't we look hardcore?

our little camping area.. that's the fire pit we made ourselves
And this would be our "shower/bath" :)

Back Country Camping Essentials:Gorp. Known to most as trail mix. Bonus points if you make your own!
Disinfecting wipes- this kind was awesome! I even used them to wash my face and felt perfectly fresh after.. well, almost.
Toilet paper- when ya gotta go, ya gotta go! [Note: Please do not make the same mistake I made. Make sure there is not a trail with hikers on it directly behind the area you're sticking your pasty white bum out.]A Mini Propane Lantern. Worth it's weight in gold when your hubby realizes he just used his only pair of socks as a loofa to wash up in the river. Yes, if you have patience, it will dry your socks. Just don't burn them.Whaatt?? These ARE essentials! Who says you can't brush your teeth and deororize in the woods?? Just be prepared for the hubby to give you a hard time.

Lastly, don't forget to admire the gorgeous handiwork of your Creator & Lord. Man, He's good at what he does!!
More on Day 2 & 3 of our adventure to come!


jlc said...

Hahahah adorable photos!!!

Looking forward to days 2 and 3!

Lucy Marie said...

Sounds like a wonderful holiday. I can't wait to hear the rest. I agree with you - even when you're roughing it, brushing your teeth and deodorant are still essentials. And you are right, our Lord does do a mighty fine job!

S. said...

how awesome! B and I have a major camping itch. we got a ton of stuff for our wedding that we could not use right away...beautiful pics!

Liana said...

look at you two! looks like so much fun!

jen said...

Wow - you guys are hard core! Can you believe I've never gone camping? A tick landed on my at the new house yesterday and I lost my cool. So I totally admire your ability to sleep out in a tent with only a few essentials! :)

Beautiful pics! Can't wait to see more!

Cristina said...

there is nothing like being in the great outdoors! Love the pics :)

Bluebird said...

Great pictures! I can't believe your husband gave you a hard time about brushing your teeth and wearing deodorant! Men are just animals sometime! :) I am with you...those two things are ESSENTIAL!