I go to Nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order- John Burroughs

I have this insatiable thirst to be surrounded by nature and to explore everything, nature is where I find peace and solitude from the rigors of life. So much can be learned in those quiet moments that are found in every corner of the great outdoors. Fortunately for me, I was able to spend three whole days basking in the rays of light that reach quietly through the forest canopy. It was just what I needed during what has been a very stressful couple of weeks.

Admittedly, camping is a lot of work… especially sans my other half (we happen to make a great team!) who usually always takes charge and pulls our camping trips together without fail. My sense of accomplishment at planning, preparing, and packing for the three of us, is soaring! Kris had a bachelor weekend away in Idaho so I decided to ditch the world with the kiddos (and my immediate family), where we were headed, I was unsure… I’m not much of a planner so I’m surprised we made it.

summer deals!

Thankfully Kris let me borrow his G55 (the rugged Mercedes meant for outdoor adventures) so I was not nearly as concerned about all the hiking I had planned, not to mention one of the potential camp spots was down a Forest service road that warns, “Unmaintained road for 4.5 miles, low clearance vehicles are not recommended.” We set off to find our camping home for the weekend at the crack of dawn on Friday and after lots of gravel road driving, we found our spot (not the ideal spot, but one that would fit a group of 12).

Opal Creek Wilderness

There is something so peaceful about being in the woods, and near a river/lake, it’s hard to put in words but it’s definitely a proponent of clearing ones mind of all the clutter.

It has been over 4 years since we’ve camped, and it’s been 12 years since I’ve camped without Kris there to help make it happen… Let me tell you, I set up camp like a BOSS πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ Β #proud

Coleman tent
This tent is soooooo old, I’m surprised it’s still standing!

Sunset at Detroit Lake

I’m always awed by epic sunsets like these, and no… there is no filter on this. The colors in the sky were so intense. I sat out there by myself for a good thirty minutes before the family followed and then a photo shoot ensued πŸ˜‚

me and kids
Me and my not so little kids! (I have to force my daughter to let me photograph her. So annoying!)
hahaha, when in Rome… or camping.

I had planned on 3-4 hikes (advantageous of me, I know), I succeeded at one of my planned hikes… but I did hike around the area where we camped at least once a day. My Fitbit clocked me in at no less than 18K steps each day, one day I made it to 22K. Kind of a big deal…

Ended up hiking in the opal creek wilderness, there are several trails out there. Lots of amazing pools, waterfalls and areas to explore. I had planned on hiking Dome Rock and or Battle Ax as well, but those did not happen, like I said I definitely over planned… hey at least now I have some great hikes to look forward to!

opal creek wilderness
Hiked off trail through a canyon, it was pretty sketchy, not gonna lie but it was fun!
opal creek wilderness
Hiked through the canyon until we came to the edge of another waterfall… it was pretty rad!
Then there was this waterfall 😍
The lake is really low right now, but still so pretty and peaceful, walked around the lake every morning and evening

Camping isn’t camping without a fire… And s’mores, lots of s’mores! There was also a lot of Hebrew national hot dog eating, and Jameson. I have no shame in my choices, after not camping for 4+ years, I had every intention of camping to the fullest!

campfire, s'mores!
Needless to say, I didn’t want to leave. I’m pretty sure if I don’t end up getting married in the next 4 years that it’s inevitable that I’ll end up traveling the US in a camper and hiking my little heart out. But it was nice to come home and clean up, and sleep in a real bed. Oh and nothing can compare to washing of the stench of dirt and campfire… The post camping shower is glorious!

I made Kris promise that before the end of September that we would hike in to Dome Rock and do at least one night of camping up top…

This image is not mine, see original work (HERE), but this is where I want to camp at the top of Dome Rock!

I’ve had a lot on my plate recently, dealing with a lot of stress and anxiety… yup, it’s not all glitter and rainbows over here. But this little trip helped and I’m hoping things start to look up. If you have any spare good vibes, thoughts or prayers laying around… feel free to send them my way 😌




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