Camping Trip to Shawnee National Forest

I couldn’t keep the photos to a reasonable amount (over 10 but under 100, so I decided to just pick 10).

Monday morning we made our way on the six hour drive to the Shawnee National Forest. There were a lot of reports of severe weather and tornado watches, but I was determined to not let all that stop us. I kept watching the radar and by the time we got to the town outside the forest, I was sure the worst had passed and we could head in.

There are several different areas to camp in the forest, and we sort of just blindly picked the Bell Smith Springs area (as in, we didn’t know anyone that had gone before so just based on the short narratives, we liked this one). We finally made it to our campsite, we were the only ones there except one truck with a tiny camper, and even though it was dark and rainy, we set up shop (it took us two hours to get the tent and two tarp coverings up). Of course the minute we were done, it had stopped raining, but that just meant we could start a fire.

Tuesday morning, the other camper was gone and it was just us! We headed in to town for a couple essentials (fire wood, maps, etc.) and then came back to do a little hiking on a trail close to us. 

Wednesday we went out to the Garden of the Gods Wilderness - MUST DO THIS. Since it was raining off and on it was a little foggy but still stunning! The majority of the photos above are from that area.

Thursday it was FINALLY sunny and warm. We took our hand at the Jackson Falls trail. After that we headed to the Rim Rock and Pounds Hollow trails that took us to the Ox-Lot Cave. When we got back to the campsite, there was a sizeable group that moved in to the grounds, so we were no longer alone.

Friday morning before we headed out for Nashville we went down to the other trail near our campsite that took us to Devil’s Backbone. By the time we packed up there were probably four or five more campsites taken, so I’m glad we went during the week. It was a little spooky being there all alone, but also made it more serene.

Each night we’d start a fire, cook brats (or veggie dogs in my case) and veggies on the fire, make s’mores (with Reeses mmmm), drink beer (duh) and Al would strum on the guitar. Mornings we’d make pancakes or eggs & veggies over the little alcohol stove we brought.

So even though it rained over half the time we were there, overall it was an amazing time. Some of the trails weren’t as clearly marked as others, so sometimes we turned back a little early just to be safe. We love Fall camping for the weather and the colors - but this would be amazing in the Spring when all the snow melts and the brooks/creeks/waterfalls are flowing.

We peeked around at a couple of other campsites (Pounds Hollow and Garden of the Gods) and Bell Smith Springs was the best. We didn’t make it to the other two - Lake Glendale (largest one by far, has showers) or Camp Cadiz - but I’d bet ours was still the best. I love getting out and away, but taaa-rust I was ready to be back with running water in any form (no showers, sinks or flush toilets).

Oh! I almost forgot about Fernando the Walking Stick. On the first night, I felt something on my hand sitting by the fire and I said “bah!” and flicked it off, thinking it was just a bug. Well, a little later I was shining my flashlight and saw antenna on my chair and looked under the arm - there was a walking stick! He must have fallen from the tree above. We took a bunch of pictures then put him on the tree.

The next day, we’re driving back from town and Alex looks up and THERE IS A WALKING STICK IN THE CAR. I like to think it was Fernando trying to get back to me. We let him out somewhere along the road because he was struggling getting around. The last day we were packing up and we saw another walking stick on the tent! They were everywhere. Crazy lil creatures.

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H&M home winter 14

I can only imagine what H&M sheets feel like butttt love this pattern.

You know what pisses me off? This bedding doesn’t exist. This image came directly from H&M’s Winter Collection Image Gallery yet it exists nowhere on their site. I am in love with this print and have a NEED for it, yet it doesn’t exist.

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annaverity:

H&M home winter 14

I can only imagine what H&M sheets feel like butttt love this pattern.

You know what pisses me off? This bedding doesn’t exist. This image came directly from H&M’s Winter Collection Image Gallery yet it exists nowhere on their site. I am in love with this print and have a NEED for it, yet it doesn’t exist.

(Source: theglossiernerd)

Mondays are already the worst, but Mondays after a (GREAT) vacation are just plain atrocious. I hope I didn’t miss anything big like babies being born (Summer??!?!) or promotions or moves or anything, if I did PLZ tell me thx.

Mondays are already the worst, but Mondays after a (GREAT) vacation are just plain atrocious. I hope I didn’t miss anything big like babies being born (Summer??!?!) or promotions or moves or anything, if I did PLZ tell me thx.

We are having an amazing time! Thanks y’all for he suggestions-we’re checking a bunch of them out!

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We’re alive.

We’re alive.

Nashville

Tell me what we have to do while we’re there this weekend.

Until hen I will be praying to anyone that will listen that it stops raining for our camping trip these first 4 days.

Hopefully we survive the 6 hour drive.

So sometimes it’s really great to get up early on Saturdays and get coffee and breakfast and walk around and be productive and just enjoy the day.
Other times, it’s really great to wake up to morning sex, go back to sleep, wake up again late and have your boyfriend learn songs (for you) on his new acoustic guitar, then go to a BYOB pizza by the slice with him and have him drop you off to meet your newlywed BFF (& husbo) for a couple more drinks, seeing Gone Girl (sneaking in wine)(also SO GOOD) and then coming home to more wine and Gilmore Girls and pretending to clean your apartment so it’s not dirty when said BFF comes to feed your cat when you’re on vacation but realizing you don’t have to because duh she’s your best friend and doesn’t care.

So sometimes it’s really great to get up early on Saturdays and get coffee and breakfast and walk around and be productive and just enjoy the day.

Other times, it’s really great to wake up to morning sex, go back to sleep, wake up again late and have your boyfriend learn songs (for you) on his new acoustic guitar, then go to a BYOB pizza by the slice with him and have him drop you off to meet your newlywed BFF (& husbo) for a couple more drinks, seeing Gone Girl (sneaking in wine)(also SO GOOD) and then coming home to more wine and Gilmore Girls and pretending to clean your apartment so it’s not dirty when said BFF comes to feed your cat when you’re on vacation but realizing you don’t have to because duh she’s your best friend and doesn’t care.

As I type this Al is legit learning Jack Johnson and Norah Jones and he’s bringing his guitar camping so we can jam around the campfire so yeah, I may just cream my pants.

Little bit of a stretch today for Casual Friday but ehhh it’s my last before vaca so I have zero fucks to give.

Little bit of a stretch today for Casual Friday but ehhh it’s my last before vaca so I have zero fucks to give.