What are your expectations for camping if you've never done it before? I've traveled and needed to take things like toiletries but when the conversation of taking water bottles to wash our butts with came up, I simply lost it! This is a whole other level of nature vs city girl and well, nature won.
I took a trip with a few friends this past weekend and the adventures began about a week ago. We were considering what tent to take, if we each were going to have one or if we were going to buy one big enough for all of us. We decided on a big one, a really big one, and we built it at home first to make sure we could do it at the camp site. This is a picture of us trying to figure it out. Betty (clearly the one guiding us) was cautious enough to find a video with instructions, which we really didn't need in the end because it was fairly easy to build this thing.
What do you take to eat to a camp site besides marshmallows and chocolate? Betty suggested vegan hotdogs... Which we took, but never ate, I'll explain why. The weather in Ginnie Springs wasn't looking too good. We were expecting thunderstorms all weekend! After careful consideration, we ventured out and drove the 6 hours; we made a decision based on YOLO. Camping was great! We slept great, we ate GREAT, no mosquitos bit us, we didn't even suffer because of the heat.... Okay, we didn't actually camp...
We thought we were adventurous, 3 friends ready to take on the wilderness... as long as it didn't rain on our parade. So when the weather decided not to cooperate with us, we stayed with family in Jacksonville. Don't judge us just yet! We took ALL our gear, hoping the conditions would pick up and we could at least camp one night, so we were prepared for anything! Except sleeping at a comfortable home, with loving family, was definitely much better, and we really didn't want to get rained on!
Nevertheless, we went to the Spring! The trip would have been a waste if we didn't and we figured that if it started raining we could just get in the car and wait it out. Turns out we had a BLAST! We discovered courage we didn't know we had (Betty), we stayed together and made sure no one got lost or stayed behind (thank you Pam), and we swam and got over our fears of open water (Me). We laughed so hard we almost peed ourselves.
You see, the conditions will not always be in our favor. You will have days that are dark and gloomy and will make you question everything! Sometimes you think you know what will happen and it turns out completely different than how you planned. In those moments, the darkest days, the most questionable ones, you need friends like Betty and Pam. Friends that are willing to go on an adventure with you, friends that are willing to ask "what if it works out in our favor?" and say "let's just go and have fun" and "its just rain." Not everyday will be a great day, but with friends like these, great days are guaranteed. It is with no hesitation that we ended our weekend getaway like this. Can you guess which is which?
Dear Future Husband, I wasn't given the opportunity, as a child, to venture with friends. I thank God so much now that I've been given a second chance at it. I'm taking it all in, I'm allowing myself to take risks and I'm simply enjoying this season with these girls.