It was four years ago, shortly after I'd remarried, moved my kids to a new state, and we'd barely begun the process of blending together our new family. I remember it like it was yesterday: Why not take a quick camping trip? It would be an adventure! The kids would have a blast! Well, that may not have been the greatest recipe for success.
Throwing caution to the wind and hiking a trail that is 2,179 miles long is not something you do lightly. The Appalachian Trail was conceived of by Benton MacKaye in 1921, finally completed in 1937 and is now the narrowest national park in the United States.
What memories... We do indeed love us some Mono and Mammoth. We were all set to go back last Friday but found out that Tioga Pass was still closed. Planning on an alternate route, we checked the weather forecast and it was bellowing SNOW and HAIL and things that didn't sound like much fun to camp in. At all. ...more
I have a thing for words and phrases. I love to learn a word's history and discover the story behind its origin. Words fascinate me. Yes...I'm really that nerdy. I even keep a growing list of favorite words like shenanigans and nincompoop. But come on! Who doesn't love shenanigans? My real fondness though, is for Canadian words. Okay, I'll admit it's a very short list, but I love 'em just the same - words like tuque, toboggan, portaging and 2-4.
Right around this time of year, every year, I get an itch. And that itches name is, Camping. Becoming one with nature, sleeping in a tent, cooking over a fire. Sounds amazing, doesn't it? It doesn't help that while sorting through the last year of pictures, I came across all our camping pictures. I love our camping trips, mostly because there is no men allowed on them. Only the boys that we've bore are allowed to go. We're not sexist or anything, we just like "roughing it" on our own. It's kind of an annual Pioneering Women weekend.&nbs...more
Swordfish in a Thyme and Parsley Pesto - Prawn Crostini - Camping FoodsI’m all for fulfilling ones childhood dreams, so when my dear Sebby told me that it was his to go on an adventure in a Citroen 2CV around North Africa, I of course encouraged him, and besides, I owed him for my fulfilment by having supper at Cinderella’s in Disneyland last year... READ MORE...more
Last night on Sarah Palin's reality show, she and her family went camping with Kate Gosselin and her 8 kids. I knew it would be a disaster, hence the reason I watched it. I just didn't realize that I would come out of it with some respect for Sarah Palin, and even more disdain for Kate Gosselin....more
A group camping trip from 2009 remembered....with horror....
As of right now I'm not sure whether our trip was cursed, or if it's like a total group curse from which we'll only recover if we sacrifice a chicken in a blizzard - or something.
It started off with me being released from work 2 hours early and heading home - thinking, oh yeah!...more
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