Skipper and I went back woods camping. So we packed 2 bags and canoed into a lake side campsite and well camped. I have never done anything like this. I love my hiking and I have secretly always wanted to do this but I was nervous about doing it on my own. So I went with Skipper and here is what I learned:
Only take what you can carry.
In life and in camping. There is no sense picking up a bag that is to heavy to manage. It will only do more harm than good. The very last thing you need on a camping trip is an injury.
You will never be prepared for everything
In no universe will you have everything. You could have 98% of it but you won’t have it all. And sometimes you have to pick what to live without. Trust me sitting under a tarp in the dirt cooking while it lightly rained was not my idea of fun and I wished we had room for our camping stools but sadly it never works out that way and sometimes it has to get left behind.
Sometimes you have to disconnect to connect again
Skipper had been gone for two months and in that time as much as we became closer friends, I felt there was still a distance between us when he got home. And honestly not having cell coverage or the ability to charge our phones meant that we had to face time and not the apple version with spotty wifi, real and true face time and I can’t speak for him but I finally feel like we are almost back to us.
Nature will ALWAYS inspire creativity
Lately I have been at a loss for creative inspiration. Even developing blog posts and content has been hard and I am sure everyone goes through dry patches but it felt weird for me. I felt stuck. So this camping trip could not have happened at a better time. I feel refreshed and inspired and ready to write my heart out again.
Canadians are blessed to have what we do in our backyard
The more I explore this beautiful nation the more and more this statement becomes true. We are blessed with a rugged untouched landscape that begs to be discovered. We have likely the most diverse country on the planet and sadly some people never see it. I know I sound like a beer commercial but it’s true. We are the luckiest of the lucky to have what we do. So go and get wild and explore the untouched.
It will take more than a match to light a fire
Unless it is dryer than the desert, one match won’t cut it. You have to nurture that small flame before it can grow. Like an idea, yes you will get that initial spark but in order to turn that spark into a decent sized fire, it needs love. It needs some starter and small pieces of food before you can throw it a log.
You can’t hold your breath long enough in an outhouse
I’m serious. Don’t breathe. It’s awful. And breathe through your mouth for a bit after. Just saying.
It doesn’t matter what anyone says you will still fear snakes
Yep. Yep yep yep. It’s true you can go roll in the dirt all you please but the fear of snakes won’t end. Trust me.
Say yes, you may surprise yourself
I never thought I would like fishing, shooting, or camping in the woods but I do and it is all because Skipper asked and I said yes. So say yes, you may be shocked at what you find.
No matter how bad the storm gets, you will find peace again
I have been through a lot in the last few months and there were times when I thought I could never be happy again but being in the woods and seeing how big and beautiful our country is but a lot into perspective for me and well gave me a peace I haven’t felt in a long time.