I somehow got it into my head this week that I wanted to camping.
If you know me, there’s not really anything I like about camping. Hate the campfire smell. Not a fan of the outdoors in general. Not impressed by the lack of cellphone service. Not inclined to wear anything remotely resembling appropriate camping and/or hiking attire.
So my husband wisely proceeded with caution and slowly downgraded this to a sort of day trip… or practice camping!
We didn’t get off to a very early start. KEVIN decided he wanted to go to CrossFit. And the rule is that whenever Kevin actually wants to go, we GO! I’ll spare you the recap, just this once, except to say I got 50 double unders unbroken in the workout — smashing my previous pr of 31!!!!! I was pretty happy because I’ve been slowly progressing by 1 or 2 reps so it felt like a breakthrough! The coach gave me a little tip about my thumb position which seemed to help me a weird amount.
So of course we didn’t plan ahead at all. So we had several trips to make before we left town: Sprouts, the bank, Sports Authority, and Starbucks! Almost alliterative! When we finally made it out of town, *boom* we almost immediately hit horrific traffic.
And I said,”And this is why we never leave Denver on the weekends.” While we were stuck in stop & go traffic at like 11AM on a Saturday, I took a quick look at my phone to see if there was any place closer we could go. Echo Lake Park popped up, and it looked pretty wonderful at that point. Of course, I never go anywhere so I’d never heard of it, but it turns out it’s near Mt.Evans.
So we decided to go there. Because if there’s anything I like less than camping, it’s road tripping! Especially road tripping without a Diet Coke!
But I started talking hopes & dreams, and that always makes the time fly!
Yay! So beautiful there. It kind of smelled like Minnesota which made us feel right at home. Especially Kevin who has actually been in the outdoors of Minnesota. Okay, I don’t want to offend my parents. They actually took me to quite a few state parks as a child, but I spent the majority of my time reading books!
As soon as we got there, it was pretty much time to eat – paleo picnic style!!
This salad was amazing. So I had this leftover failure of shredded coconut + coconut oil, and I cooked the chicken breast in that. In the coleslaw is lemon juice from an actual lemon, green onions, jalapeño mustard, and a little EVOO. This was our snack while Kevin got the rest of the food ready.
Because we are SUPER PALEO, we always cook bacon first. On our matching cast iron skillets. Lol. I’ve never used a camp stove before in my life. Okay, I didn’t either. I sat under a tree while Kevin used it.
Kevin cooking it up, while it was starting to raiiiiiin…
Even the dogs were a little cranky about the rain and started getting yelpy. Boyd was just happy he got some of his favorite treat — sweet potato skins!
I’ll be honest and say — I’m not sure that sausage was 110% paleo, but I really tried. And the idea is there (meat!). We had some issues with things being too frozen and whatnot and had to grab something at Sprouts.
Thankfully, the rain let up just as we were finishing eating… brrr… it was getting so cold! And we took the opportunity to go for a hike. Boyd Boykin was totally worn out at this point so he stayed back at the car to hold down the fort. Don’t worry, it wasn’t too hot. We gave him lots of water, and he loves hunkering down in the car.
And I use the term “hiking” loosely. Hey, at least I wasn’t wearing flip-flops. But there were no such things as backpacks or water bottles involved. We were on the Chicago Lakes Trail.. whatever that was. We just took it.
Pippa did awesome although she was very cavalier near steep cliffs! I made Kevin take her most of the time because I’m not the most surefooted to begin with!
We came upon a bridge. Kevin insisted that a handstand was a bad idea so I tried for a pistol!
The weather got iffy again, and we headed back. But not without Kevin making his usual comment,”This reminds me of a part in Lord of the Rings.” Haha.
Backseat Boyd!! The dogs were exhausted!!!
And slept alllll the way home.
I’m glad we didn’t go camping. There was a lot of rain, and I’m happy to writing this from my bed with the wi-fi.
Here are some things I learned:
- I should bring a tablecloth. I saw a lot of people with them, and it made their picnics way cuter.
- I should wear a coat that zips instead of a hoody. I have a very big head that barely fits into hoodys. I have to take off my glasses to put it on or off. It’s an ordeal.
- I should bring a thermos of coffee. I get cold.
- Maybe plan ahead a little more.
- Hopefully next time we’ll be able to buy Diet Coke for the road trip home. Or at least like… chocolate milk. The only thing we could find at Walgreen’s was Smart Water. At least it’s the water of Jennifer Aniston.
- Boyd should probably stay home. I mean that in a loving way. He gets overstimulated by all the outdoorsy people. At one point, an older couple chastised us for scaring off the birds!!!! Haha. He pants so loudly you cannot possibly “enjoy nature.” His eyes turned red! I was worried about him!!! The sweet potato skins really helped him snap out of it though.
Also, if I ever go camping for real, I’m going to need this sweatshirt to remind myself to be nice. I was happy today though — it was actually really fun. The worst part was the rain while we were eating because I’m still part Dominican, and I’m convinced the rain will kill me!!!!
Do you like camping or road trips? Why?