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.
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.
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?