Ahhh. Another summer weekend and another chance to leave the city and enjoy the outdoors with friends! This weekend, that meant fun outside in the form of car camping with friends. We used to look down on people who went car camping, packing pretty much their whole house with them and enduring no hardships for a weekend, but then we changed our tune as we mellowed out, matured, and also grew to love the benefits of packing your gear in a car as opposed to your back – there is so much more variety and it can be a blast! So here’s a glimpse at our wonderful weekend at Little Elbow Campground (complete with Mikey and my not-so-little BBQ!):
Excited to be heading out in a full car; the biggest mallows I’ve ever seen, held by Craig and shown next to cute baby Jake; an early Happy Birthday celebration for Craig w/his thoughtful wife Mandi.
A delicious late breakfast contributed by the community: scrambled eggs with veggies, hash browns, loads of fruit and coffee.
After all that good food, we sat around the fire in a major chill-out mode and hung around until everything settled. Then, we were off! Hoping to do more than a flat hike but less than a mountain, we set off in search of some adventure, and found it with the first stream/river crossing.
Mikey and I walked across in our Chacos sandals while Steve bare-footed it but the rest of the group opted to find their own way without getting wet (to be fair, the water was FREEZING!). And so, the bridge building began!
Once everyone (including Steve & Beth’s cute dog, Jessa) was across safe and sound, we headed up the trail and found a smaller trail that cut straight up the hillside that looked like it had potential (when you’re hiking, always go with the “up” option – it’s hard, but it’s almost guaranteed to lead to somewhere with a view!). We climbed up and up and eventually got close (enough) to the summit where we stopped for some snacks, a game of “five stones,” and some rock whipping:
Among other fun things (like Craig finding a rock shaped liked the province of Alberta, above right), we enjoyed the top and then scooted down to head back to our site. Once their, the looming rain that had been threatening all day finally began and we outfitted ourselves with tarps. Later on, we cooked some dinner, stoked the fire back up, enjoyed some chips and snacks, and watched Steve make the perfect Jiffy Pop popcorn ever.
All in all, it was a great weekend. No more pictures of the highlights to share, but simply a thanks to Craig and Mandi for inviting us and a thanks to Aubrey and Rachelle, Steve and Beth for making us feel so welcome! It was a great weekend and a fun way to enjoy part of another Alberta summer!
Do you like to camp? If so, do you go year-round or only in the summers? Any horrendous or amazing camping stories to share? Those are always fun. 😉
Hope you had a great weekend too! After a week of not the best eating and sub-par workouts, if I’m being honest with myself, I’m ready to get back on the clean-eating, dirty-training wagon! Excited to challenge myself to eat well this week because that is always my hardest part of the “healthy living” battle; not letting all my hard work in the gym count for nothing with what I’m doing in the kitchen. What’s your challenge for the week? Feel free to comment and we can help keep each other accountable!
Live well & be well, camping & non-camping friends alike,