Oh what a weekend! Yes it's Wednesday and I'm only talking about last weekend now because this is how long it has taken for me to recover from the weekend. We decided to take a little impromptu trip back up to North Carolina, doing a bit of minimalist camping and lots and lots of hiking.
I say minimalist camping because instead of bringing all of the creature comforts like chairs, firewood, s'mores, hotdogs etc we brought ourselves, the pup, sleeping gear and only the barest amount of food - granola and Greek yogurt for breakfast and homemade butternut squash soup and bread for lunch (and tea and coffee of course!) and a hiking map - and that was it.
I was a little worried that it wouldn't be as nice to be so minimal but it was actually such a breath of fresh air to not have to pack so much stuff or try to "cook" on a fire etc. We just hiked all weekend long. From 9-6 both Saturday and Sunday we hiked many different trails in Dupont Forest, in Chimney Rock, and along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Fall is here! Its official, the scenery was breath-taking, all of the leaves are changing colour and falling and it was just spectacular. The temperatures plummeted at night and even though we brought the puppy's crate for him to sleep in he ended up being my hot water bottle when I noticed that he was shivering. He slept like a baby curled up on my chest under the covers.
Best friend hadn't brought her camera when we were at Dupont Forest the last time and so in the spirit of fairness I was the chief puppy holder and she was the chief photographer on this trip. These are the only non-blurry photos that I managed to take while holding an excited puppy’s leash.
Her photos turned out magnificent and I’m pretty sure we’re going to get at least one of them blown up large and framed on the living room wall. She took one of my favorite photos from the whole trip – me and Boomer sitting on the top of Chimney Rock looking out over the Lake Lure and what felt like the whole rest of the world. That was definitely worth the hundreds, and I mean hundreds of stairs we climbed carrying the little fellow to get to the top.
It was an amazing trip and even though we were all exhausted I think we’re going to go again soon, and try to get in as much camping as we can before it gets too cold to camp at night.