My First Camping Trip!

My first camping trip was a total success! I'm glad to say that I do like camping!

We arrived at FDR State Park after dark on Friday night. Our first challenge was to actually assemble the tent in the dark! It wasn't easy! Once we finally got our tent up and our sleep gear gathered, it was time to start our fire and make some traditional campfire food - hot dogs. I think it was nearly midnight by the time we got settled down to eat.

Before we went to bed, we checked out the "facilities". My worst fear of spider infested bathrooms was laid to rest when I saw how nice the restrooms and showers were. I mean, it's not home, but it was certainly cleaner and nicer than I had imagined.

The next morning we woke up a little later than we had hoped, simply because we didn't make it to bed until around 2am. We put the coffee on and after a few struggles with getting the coffee pot to perk over the fire, we finally got it going! The eggs and bacon went quickly after we got the hang of cooking on coals. Most people had the camp stoves, but we decided to do it the old fashioned way.

After breakfast we found the Mountain Creek Trail and started walking. It was a pretty nice little trail with some cool things to look at. I had found the nature guides online and printed out a copy so we could follow along with the trail markers. On the way back from the trail, we passed the little lake with some geese and ducks. We walked around a little more and explored the area.

That night we made a nice stew over the fire - it was excellent! I had already gotten all the ingredients chopped up and put into the cooler, so it went very fast. Our attempt to make s'mores wasn't as easy! It's hard to make a s'more without making a mess. We just sat around and enjoyed the fire after that...We didn't have much wood to keep it going, but we still managed to forage for enough to last a few hours.

All in all, I loved it! I think apartment living has really made me appreciate the idea of the outdoors even more. The whole weekend was like hanging out in the backyard or something, but much bigger. Maybe as we get more equipment, we can pick camp sites farther away from the main area and "rough it" a bit more.

Here are some more photos!
(above: panoramic view of the tree next to the campfire area)

Our Tent!

Patrick by the fire.

Nature presents complimentary colors on the nature trail.

A nicely lit shot of our coffee pot perking over the fire Saturday morning.

Duck drop. I just thought it was neat the way his body made a water drop shape.

A Savannah Wedding

Our good friend Jeremy got married this past weekend in Savannah, GA. Patrick was asked to be one of the groomsmen. We had such a great time! Jeremy is a great guy and we are both so happy he's found a nice girl. Attending this wedding was like a little mini-vacation. A nice room in a cool town surrounded by laughter and friends. The whole extended weekend was nothing but not-stop laughing. I got to meet all of Jeremy's friends and his wife's friends and they are all funny, awesome people.

The Wedding Party (R-L) Denny, Patrick, Dena, Jeremy & Jeff

Patrick and I at the church.

We didn't have too much time to venture around town, but we did get to check out the riverwalk area. It was nice and I enjoyed that atmosphere. We had a brush with fame by the river when Patrick and I spotted Wee-Man from the show JackAss!! There were a few folks asking for pictures. Later on, the guys saw him in a bar and introduced theirselves. I could kick myself for not being more agressive and saying "hi"...

The famous Bonaventure cemetery is only 7/10th of a mile from Dena & Jeremy's house. It was so beautiful. I could have roamed around there for hours. I did bring my Holga with me, but the back of the camera popped off in my bag, so I think some of the film has been compromised. I guess that just how it goes with toy cameras. Here is one simple image I took of a nice angelic headstone. This one came from my canon digital elph.

We definitely need to come back to Savannah again. It's a photographers dream. This is a great time of year to go too. The weather is great and ghost stories a plentiful near Halloween. I wanted to go on a ghost tour, but didn't have time. Luckily you'll find that those tours are year round!