And I Used to Think I Hated Camping…

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I went camping for the first time ever in 2012. It was miserable. Literally one of the worst weekends of my life. Then I went camping again that summer. It was less miserable because there was sun and some water, but it was also boring, hot and generally awful. I decided I hated camping and laughed any time someone asked me to go.

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But 2013… 2013 has been a whole different story. I spent this last weekend on my fourth camping trip ever. I had an amazing time and it definitely helped that the view was gorgeous.

I negotiated my way into having Friday off (read: I worked a ton of extra hours) and car pooled over with two of the girls. It was almost all people I’d never met before so it was awesome to have a couple friends right off the bat.

A handy thing about being the newbie in the group is there’s a designated picture-taker. I kept myself entertained by taking random selfies on people’s cameras and phones during group picture sessions. … It seemed like a great idea at the time, but officially looked a little ridiculous when the photos made it to the internet. Vodka makes me think I’m hilarious.

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I got to test out a recipe Erin shared earlier in the week, Fruity Pebble White Chocolate Chip cookies. It sounds unusual, but I promise they were delicious. I made my bosses taste test them before hand just in case they were awful. Then I could pretend they never happened. I got two thumbs up, decided Erin is a genius and loaded them into my “food” bag.

The weekend shenanigans included a lot of delicious food, great company, a couple dance parties and lots of girl bonding. We even drank a bottle from my “Congrats on passing the bar exam” champagne stash! I loved it.

I’m always a little out of my comfort zone when I go on adventures like this. It isn’t easy being the new girl or surviving in the wilderness. I felt very lucky to get some insider tips in advance and be around such nice, welcoming people. (One of the best parts was that this campsite had showers and I had a “tip” to bring quarters to operate them.) Plus, the weekend reached the ultimate level of relaxing once my phone died. The longer I’m a lawyer the more I appreciate being disconnected from my email.

I’m thinking I’ll have to write a post one day on how to make camping fun when you think you hate camping. What do you think?

But I can basically tell you guys right now, if you cover everything in Christmas lights it will be amazing no matter what.

But I can basically tell you guys right now, if you cover everything in Christmas lights it will be amazing no matter what.

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    Michelle
    August 19, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Looks so pretty! I’ve actually never gone camping, but I hope to go soon.

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      Brittany
      September 5, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Let me know how it goes when you do!

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    Rachael @ Pretty in Pink
    August 19, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I love to camp, and yes girl, please share!

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      Brittany
      September 5, 2013 at 9:51 am

      I think the votes are in, I have to share!

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    Law_Fal
    August 20, 2013 at 7:21 am

    I’ve never been camping before but it looks like a good time. I remember the bad experiences you had camping before so I’m glad that this experience was a million times better! Cheers to fun experiences!!!!!!

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      Brittany
      September 5, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Yea those experiences are hard to forget, huh?

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    Juliette
    August 20, 2013 at 7:58 am

    PLEASE write a post about to make camping fun when you think you hate camping! I’ve only been camping once and it wasn’t great. But this trip sounds like it was amazing! And I bet you loved the view.

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      Brittany
      September 5, 2013 at 9:50 am

      The view was nice ;).

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    Sarah Alway
    August 20, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Yay, I’m so glad you’ve discovered the joys of camping! It’s one of our absolute favorite summer activities!

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      Brittany
      September 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Me too! Now I kind of get the hype :).

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    Jacy
    August 20, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    That looks so great! Glad this experience was better lol

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      Brittany
      September 5, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Oh man. Me too! haha

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    Megan - FireWifey
    August 21, 2013 at 11:52 am

    How fun! Vodka makes me hilarious too. ;) It also makes you super cute!

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      Brittany
      September 5, 2013 at 9:48 am

      aww thanks, girlfriend!

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