Monday, June 01, 2009
Camping in Style
We packed up the the tent trailer on Thursday and drove up to the Mogollon Rim to a spot that I have been camping in for my whole life. It's in the middle of the forest, no electricity, no water hook-ups... just us and a gorgeous view of the valley below.
One of my favorite things to do when we're camping is to plop myself in a hammock with a book I can't put down. I drag my pillow out with me, and it was cold enough this weekend that even in the middle of the day I was wearing a thick sweatshirt. But for the first time, I have a very special hammock to look over the rim from. This canvas hammock was given by my mother's brother to her when I was a baby. He passed away when I was about 3, but this hammock grew up with my brother and me. We used to take turns wrapping ourselves in it while the other one of us flipped us around and around in it. I'm too big to wrap up inside it now, but it's still the most comfy hammock I've ever taken an afternoon nap in.
This weekend we also had a brand new (OK, old from an antique store) dutch oven, and we were so brave with it. We sorta planned almost all our meals in it, so it was bound to go either stellarly, or we were going to starve. Thankfully, it was a success! We made chili one night, and I made a cherry cobbler and a peach cake. Oh, and our friends who have a toy hauler brought ice cream for the top of them! Mmmm...
On Saturday we took a hike around Woods Canyon Lake. There were 8 people and 4 dogs in our group, including a Chihuahua! We were quite the troop on our 5 mile hike. On the far side of the lake we got a great view of a bald eagle nest. You can JUST see a fuzzy baby head in this picture.
And of course, the puppies got to play around in the lake.
It was so cold up there compared to the 105 degrees we left in Phoenix. It rained every day for about an hour and when the rain cleared away it was gorgeous. And the afternoon rain was the perfect time for hiding inside and taking a nap.
And thank goodness for the tent trailer. I'm camping in luxury with a SHOWER and enough electricity to have a light on at night. Heaven I tell ya. I'm living a charmed life.
I'm Amanda. I'm an engineer in an industry full of men, a professional wedding and family portrait photographer, a firefighter's wife, a traveler, and a dogMa.