I find the older we get, the more we forget to do the things we love and that bring us joy.

We “never have time”. But really, I think we can make time.

Camping was one of these things for me. I LOVE camping, yet I could never find the time to take a weekend to go. Now in reality, I do work every weekend, and it is hard for me to get a Saturday off, we are very short staffed at my clinic, so really getting a Saturday off is a lot to ask. But what I found out, it doesn’t hurt to ask, because you never know, your boss may be in a good mood and grant your request.

This was the case when I decided to request off a Saturday. It got approved! Matt and I immediately knew we wanted to go camping before it got too hot. So camping we went!

Matt was so excited that he took Friday off so he could go early to make sure we had a campsite. I felt kind of bad for him, it must have been pretty boring out at a campsite by yourself. Well he wasn’t completely alone. He seemed to have some entertaining neighbors to people watch during the day…he then had Jack Daniels to keep him company at night. 😉

Saturday morning I made my way up to meet him. Upon arriving we had a quick lunch and headed off to the lake to do some fishing. The view was beautiful. I always forget how much I miss the water and trees.

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So while Matt did some (unsuccessful) fishing. I found myself a seat on a rock, read my book, and got in some sun.

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It was beautiful. I seriously forget how nice it is to just be outside in nature.

On our way back to the campsite we stopped by one of the view points and just sat some more and took in the view.

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When we got back to the campsite, we started our dinner fire and made a very fancy dinner.

Nothing fancier than foil pack veggies and potatoes and hotdogs. Really. What is camping with out roasting some hot dogs over the fire? It’s not camping.

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I know s’mores are a traditional campfire (side note: I totally asked Matt to get s’mores ingredients and he forgot…) But a campfire dessert tradition for his family are “pudgy pies”. They even have pudgy pie makers that are made to put over a campfire.  A pudgy pie is basically just buttered bread with pie filling in the middle, put in these cast iron holders and put in the camp fire coals until crispy. Think grilled cheese, but with pie filling.

(edit: in looking up a simple recipe link, I just now discovered ALL the possibilities of pudgy pie fillings. I didn’t even know there were so many different ways to make them!)

It was too dark to take a picture, I really wish I got a picture of the burnt to a char first batch Matt made, but trust me the second round turned out delicious.

The next morning Matt and I went for an early hike. We ended up seeing some deer and had a little squirrel tour guide for awhile (no joke a squirrel led the way down the trail and walked with us for a good half mile)

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More reading on the rim happened. We took our chairs this time and just hung out under some trees for shade.

The breeze was perfect and the view was beautiful.

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Then before we packed up the campsite, we headed down to the lake and rented some kayaks for an hour and just tooled around the lake. Again, it was just so nice to be out of the water and take in nature. We literally just floated and took in the scenery. We were both so at peace and happy we didn’t even need to talk.

Then it was back to the hot city for us. We really picked the perfect weekend to go because the temperatures in the valley that weekend hit a high of 117 degrees!!

Camping was bittersweet, it was so great to get away for a few days, but at the same time it made me want to do it more often. But I now know it doesn’t hurt to ask for a Saturday off, and who knows, maybe they’ll be granted more often.

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What are some things you love to do, but “never have the time?”

What’s your favorite camping food?

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