I Went Camping Twice Last Month. Seriously.

Adventures, friendships, vacation

If you remember, I went camping last month and didn’t hate it. Well I’m pleased to tell you it wasn’t a fluke! I was invited to spend Labor Day Weekend at this awesome place in Washington called The Gorge to see Dave Matthews Band.  They hold a variety of concerts in a gorgeous amphitheater. When I lived in WA during law school I heard a lot about the Gorge, but never went. I was excited to see what all the hype was about!

camping

Once again our campsite had a lot of school spirit for a school I didn’t go to, but we also had the biggest American flag in the campground. THAT was awesome. The weekend actually made me miss my grandpa a lot. I think he would have loved the flag and the atmosphere of a giant outdoor concert-party.

The weekend included a lot of booze, per camping usual, a lot of new friends, running into an old law school friend (fun!) and surprisingly good food. Really, my previous camping experiences sucked. I had no idea camping food could consist of more than hot dogs over a camp fire and a lot of ruffles.vodka

Shot glasses are for less lazy people wimps.

On Friday night we had tickets on the lawn. This was the view before the sun went down. My iPhone doesn’t do it justice. (I don’t know why I didn’t bring my real camera Friday night. I guess I didn’t realize how gorgeous it really was!)  I’m so glad we sat on the lawn one night. It was a great experience and I was in awe the whole time!
IMG_4892 That is the Columbia River behind the stage. I sent so many photos to my family. We don’t have anything like this in Nevada. My dad told me he used to go to concerts similar to this at the Hollywood Bowl. If he ever took me, I don’t remember it.

While we waited for the sun to set the awesome band The Head and the Heart played. Not everyone loved their music, but I was a big fan. I was excited to see them after hearing about how great they are from Erika. If you like folk-y music I bet you’ll love them!

The Gorge

On Saturday I was a bit worn out from the fun (see watermelon vodka photo above), concert and recovering from a cold that tried to ruin my weekend (thanks vitamin water and zicam!).  Obviously the best choice was to take a nap on the hammock. A nice gentleman “installed” a fan so I was able to comfortably doze off for a bit before concert night two. I was in heaven. Really, a girl could get used to this!camping

I wish I could nap on this all the time.

On night two our seats were a little a lot better. I also remembered my real camera. Glow sticks are a huge thing at this concert for some reason and I’ve decided I never want to dance again without them. haha IMG_4914  I didn’t think I was much of a Dave Matthews Band fan… but Labor Day Weekend totally changed my mind. They put on an incredible concert. They have a variety of songs I’d never heard before and thought were awesome. It also helped that the people I was with are HUGE fans, so they kept the excitement high and the party going.

IMG_1276 I didn’t totally know what to expect this weekend so I had somewhat moderate expectations. I can honestly say that Friday night was one of the coolest experiences of my life, and then Saturday night blew it out of the water.

It was pretty lame having to leave on Sunday afternoon, which is weird because we all arrived on Thursday night! Normally, I’d be very anxious to get home. It was a sad goodbye, and off I went, back to Western Washington and reality.

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Wind farms in WA – I think they’re so pretty!

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7 Comments

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    Amanda
    September 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Fun! I haven’t been camping in years.

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    Rachael @ Pretty in Pink
    September 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I’ve actually been camping twice this month, too! (Twinning!!) So glad you had fun!

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    Caroline
    September 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Those pictures look so pretty and what a fun concert to go to!

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    Dona B
    September 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I’m so envious! I’d love to see DVB at the Gorge. Someday! A good friend of mine was there and I was living vicariously through her Instagram feed all weekend. :)

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