June 14, 2010

Our First Camping Trip

This weekend I slept in a tent for the first time in my entire life! Yes, I am 25 years old and have never slept in a tent. I have gone to Girls Scout Camp and Girl's Camp several times, used Latrines, Slept in a sleeping bag and a camper but never camped in a tent until now.

This past weekend we traveled 2 hours north with 11 of our friends to Warren Dunes State Park in Sawyer, Michigan. We borrowed a tent from a friend so we could see if we enjoyed it before purchasing a tent of our own. Most of our friends are seasoned campers and they had a lot of the equipment needed for cooking, cleaning, etc.

The Thursday before we left two of my friends, Vicky and Renee, came over and helped me prep most of the food for the weekend. We wanted to have well balanced meals that were easy to make and required little to no refrigeration. Saturday morning we made scrambled eggs, sausage and toast over the camp stove. For lunch we had Spagetti Salad with Italian Dressing, Carrots, Cucumbers and Celery, Watermelon and Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches. Saturday evening we made Hobo Pies (minus the meat) and Brats. It was really yummy even though it rained a little bit while we were cooking. For dessert we had pie filling and bread in the Hoagie Pie Makers! YUMMY!

We spent our time sitting around the campfire, swimming in Lake Michigan, hiking the dunes and playing cards. There was a chance of bad weather but we lucked out and only got about 2 hours of rain during the dinner hour. The sky cleared up and the temperature cooled down just in time for sleeping! It was perfect sleeping weather.

I had never been to Warren Dunes before. It was really pretty! Here we are at the bottom of the dune ready to start the long climb to the top! The boys were able to run it but I made several stops on the way up.
Vicky and I at the very top :) Such a pretty view with a great friend!

I think I surprised most of my family including Phil by liking camping a lot. I can't wait to buy a tent and plan our next trip. We are thinking about planning a trip to southern Indiana in September!


Jessie's Girls said...

Aww, I can't wait to go camping with our family! I did it a lot growing up, but we haven't done it yet with our little family. I keep getting more and more jealous of all my camping friends this summer :).

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