i went backpacking for the first time last fall.
where you wear your food, your clothes, your space to sleep, on your back.
and you set up camp at some lovely place, where the air is fresher than your lungs know what to do with.
we went up north in the lower peninsula of michigan, to the hoist lake recreation area.
it was magical. i don’t have any pictures of walking in, but we walked in around 10 p.m., and it was just stunning. quiet, and peaceful, and coolish with a humid mist.
it was the kind of trip, where the planning is quick, and spur of the moment, and where the excitement of the trip is electric. we had all the equipment we needed, and just decided to go. we only had one real night/day to spend up there, and that was all we needed. i love my family.
my love has backpacked his whole life, and a.r. is following in those giant footsteps of his, and is quite the adventurer herself. i love nature, i love being with my family, and i have definitely camped rustically (no bathroom, no showers, no people around you for a LONG while) before. but, i had never backpacked.
it was not a very good night of sleep for me, but my sweets both slept amazing. i was worried i would roll over a.r., and so, couldn’t quite relax. but, i know if we could’ve stayed at least one more night, i would have been refreshed beyond my own understanding, because just the less than 24 hours that i was up there, i was refreshed.
we had a campfire, and campers food (a.r’s fave) we hiked during the day, we gathered sticks, learned more about our surroundings, and laughed in the wind.
we are blessed to have been able to go.
i beyond a doubt, believe that it was a perfectly orchestrated trip from my Maker to enjoy the end of last summer with my loves before the school year began again for a.r.
it was exactly what we knew we needed.
it is one of my favorite trips of all time. i was less healthy than i am now, but that makes me even more excited for this year’s trip!
those two people are my heart.
backpacking is amazing. i am an amateur, but i know if you have any questions about stuff we brought, or what you would need, r.l. would be happy to help you answer those questions. it is something you should try. just once. i promise, you will come away relaxed, refreshed, and more in love with life.
go out and seek adventure. it is a blast. i promise.
now go find some adventure!!!