Thursday, July 22, 2010
A-Camping We Shall Go...
I have a confession to make. Before I dated Joe, I had never gone camping. I had never slept in a tent, cooked over a campfire or played board games in the middle of the woods. He took me on my very first camping trip in Autumn of 2006 and since that time I have bugged him to go camping any and every time the opportunity has presented itself.
When we went on our honeymoon, we didn't have the money to go someplace tropical and staying in a hotel for a week isn't our style so we took a road trip and camped at several state parks for a week. It was probably one of the best honeymoon ideas ever and I'm not just saying it because it was mine. We spent a lot of our time just enjoying the little things together; a walk on the warm sand in mid October, collecting shells and driftwood, roasting marshmallows over fires in the chilly mountains, watching the sun rise and set from our bed, seeing wild ponies, playing cards in the tent when the mosquitoes decided to attack us. We did quite a few touristy things too, like going to several caves, a lighthouse, a zoo and an aquarium but the main bulk of our time was spent just hanging out in nature.
Unfortunately, we haven't had many opportunities to camp since then, in fact I think we've only made it out into the woods once and we were married in 2008. This weekend we'll be doing something about that and spending two nights on Hunting Island. I've been planning what to bring and cook while we're there, emptying my memory cards and charging the camera batteries, painting some journal backgrounds so I can leave the paints at home, getting our tent, mattress and blankets together and am just all around excited.
We'll be visiting the historic town of Beaufort, SC while we're down there to visit a local seafood shack or two so Joe can get his shellfish fix, but I plan on spending the bulk of the time exploring the islands beach and marshland in hopes of spotting birds, crabs, sand dollars, alligators (although they still scare me) and if I'm really lucky, dolphins and sea turtles.