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.
at some point on our hike out.
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.
these two were pumped, as was i.
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.
she was ready to defend me against skeeters.
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.
in the morning, i felt peace.
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.
these beauties were taking a bath close to us in the morning mist.
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.
morning coffee ♥
this was our view. we couldn’t see another person from our “site”.
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.
triangle of awesomeness.
no makeup, no worries.
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.
the people in this picture make me so happy, even if i look like i need a nap, and a makeover! 🙂
goofballs in the woods!
thank you Lord, for this view.
love is everywhere, you just have to look.
i heart wildflowers.
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.
best girl. small frog. favorite.
only a prince will do.
go out and seek adventure. it is a blast. i promise.
we did it! (well, i knew they could do it, but i again, was less healthy then, and this was an accomplishment!). yay!
now go find some adventure!!!