when you think of camping, you probably wouldn't associate my name very closely to that word. but guess what, i went camping. and i enjoyed it! i honestly love getting outside and going on hikes and being in the mountains, but i also love showering and sleeping in my own very comfortable bed. but a couple of weekends ago some of our friends asked if we wanted to go camping and we couldn't turn down the offer to be in the mountains. i have really missed being close to the mountains and being able to go on day hikes whenever we were bored or wanted to get out of the house. don't get me wrong, i absolutely love living on the coast near the beach!
it was a blast! the cool mountain air was just what we needed. jake drove down early friday morning to get us a spot on the campgrounds and the rest of us drove down late friday night after we got off work. it was really nice to drive up to the campsite and have all of our tents already set up and ready to go, thanks jake! the rest of the night was spent hanging around the campfire just talking with everyone.
saturday morning we woke up, made some breakfast and got ready for our hike! we talked the night before and decided to go on an 8 mile hike. we all got ready to go and were off! since i had my watch on i kept track of how many miles we were going and when we got to 4 we all expected to be there...but we weren't, so we all kept on going. another mile passed, then another, we still weren't there! finally after awhile we got to the lookout point, and it was beautiful!! we sat down and enjoyed some snacks while looking over the mountain range. we headed back down and the last mile i got bit by some sort of bug on my leg and i had an allergic reaction to it! so the last mile was not the happiest for me.. i still have a large circle from the bug bite two weeks later but the itching has gone away which has been amazing. once we were done with the hike we realized we hiked about 13 miles, which was quite a bit farther than we were expecting but it was still so beautiful and worth it! the rest of the night was spent around the campfire roasting hot dogs for dinner and then of course making s'mores!
the next morning we were planning on maybe going on another hike, but we were all so exhausted from the last hike that we decided to pass. so we cleaned up camp and headed back home. on our way home we made a little pit stop at cheesecake factory for lunch. we ordered it to go and then went to a park to enjoy the food. it was delicious! it was one of our go to places back in utah and california, so we have really missed it out in south carolina! **confession: right when i heard we were going camping i looked up a couple of our favorite food places from back home to see if there were any on our way! to our luck i found cheesecake factory! once we got to the campsite brayden told everyone that i knew there was a cheesecake factory on our way home and they all definitely agreed we would have to make a pit stop there. that is when i knew we would all be great friends.**
it was so good to enjoy a weekend away with friends! i am so glad we were able to go, it was a perfect escape from all our responsibilities!