09 June 2014

Weekend Getaway at Starved Rock

For those of you who know me IRL, I will not strike you as the kind of person who "goes camping". I enjoy the feeling of a freshly made bed, I enjoy doing laundry and washing dishes, I am deeply tied to my creature comforts, I'm a bit of a homebody, and there's something about my blood that makes me the number one target for bug bites. But this past Friday, Andrew and I loaded up the car, tuned in just in time for This American Life, and made our way to Starved Rock National Park for a weekend of sleeping in tents, forgetting about personal space (and personal hygiene), drinking growlers and howlers of craft beers, noshing on dogs and brats, breaking in his new cast iron skillet, and braving each other as well as the rain for 15 hours in a two person tent.

We returned to town smelling like wood chips and campfire, finishing each others' sandwiches sentences, and though we were "camping lite" I feel like I finally "get" what camping is all about. It's relaxing with just the right amount of work. The challenges promote interesting solutions. We didn't have a way to boil water, so I opted to make us cold brew coffee in my travel French press. Potatoes were meant to be cooked in bacon fat. Stories from my bat mitzvah were meant to be told by flashlight in a tent as the rain bore down on us, because they truly were that scary. And there really is nothing like a bowl of freshly cut fruit after two days of subsisting on chips, dogs, beer, and s'mores.

And now, a count
S'mores consumed: 5-6
Dogs consumed: 4
Waterfalls visited: 2
Books read: 0
Crosswords read: 0
Emails responded to: 0
Showers: 0
Bags of beef jerky consumed: 1
Led Zeppelin songs in the car: 2
Embarrassing stories exchanged: too many to count


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Crossing the Illinois River (I think?), I was too busy taking pictures and selfies.
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This is the face of someone beginning their weekend.
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We arrived at the campsite too late to purchase wood, so we went to Jack's This is the view from Jack's car-port.
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Buying wood from Jack's Camp Store.
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I didn't actually start this while on the trip, but isn't it so fitting?

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Making sandwiches for our hiking adventure at Starved Rock.
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Mmmmm thick cut bacon
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Pro tip: Mix potatoes, pepper, and onion in a bag with olive oil and salt and pepper.
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Cook said potatoes in bacon fat.
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Try not to burn yourself, and always wear camouflage. 
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First time cooking over a camp fire! Scrambled eggs!
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Breakfast is served!
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Let's eat!
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Just being a hiking champ.
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Just hanging out in a canyon, walking to a waterfall, NBD.
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Legit chasin' waterfalls.
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Obligatory beef jerky break at a waterfall.
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But seriously all we did was take glamour shots of me.
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Glamour shots of me AND nature.
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Glamour shots and action shots.

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How awesome is his outfit? His socks have ducks on them, naturally.

2 comments :

  1. I am NOT a camping person, but if you can do it, I can do it!

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    1. This was definitely camping "light". There was a bathroom at our campsite, and running water. We weren't far from too much, and we drank craft beer the entire time. You should try it!!

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