Roughin It

Saturday and Sunday, Walter and I went camping with two other couples that he knows through school. This was the first time I have ever done a camping trip like this; growing up, we only ever car-camped, which meant we had electricity, running water, and access to a bathroom. On this trip, I could only bring things that fit in my backpack. Keep in mind, this was a backpack I used during college, and was not an actual backpacking backpack. It was definitely a challenge, but I managed to make it work for me. (It also helped that Walter was carrying a legit backpack with most of the camping gear.)

I filmed a Youtube video showing everything I brought. Check out down below to see what I carried with me, or click my Youtube link!
Our backpacks all packed and ready! 
*Notice the matching hats*

Saturday we left Lexington around 12:00 pm, and arrived at Red River Gorge around 1:15 pm. This was the most difficult hike I have ever done, and it didn’t help that I had a backpack on my back that I wasn’t used to carrying. Despite the challenges, I had so much fun. It felt good to push myself to do something that was so physically demanding. The trail had a lot of enchanted looking areas that looked like they could be homes to fairies. 
On Saturday, I think we hiked about 3 miles (up, and down, through mud, up again, down again, and then up again, more mud, and then down, down, down) before we found our camping spot. Starting out on the trail, we had no idea where we would stop, but we knew we wanted to be near the river, in a rather large area since we had three tents. We ended up finding an amazing spot, that had a fire pit already built, a tiny rock table, and separate areas for all of our tents. It was perfect. 

                                     

This is our tent, and it does have a cover that we ended up using.
We were hoping we would be able to look at the stars, but it was way too cold.
For dinner, we chopped up a bunch of veggies, and cooked them in tinfoil over the fire. After a long day of hiking, it was delicious! Everyone except me (I don’t drink beer), enjoyed beer that was chilled in the river. And how can you camp without smores?! I can’t even tell you how many I ate, too many, but I have no regrets!!!
PBR dam
Right before we got to our campsite, I stepped in the water with my shoes on. GROSS. Walking in wet socks and shoes is one of the most annoying feeling. Luckily I packed some spare socks, and I could slip on Walter’s nice, dry hiking shoes. It looked silly, but it felt amazing. 

So I have a confession…I have seen way too many movies where young adult get tortured and killed in the woods. Therefore, the whole night I was looking behind my back for some masked-murderer ready to slit my throat. Paranoid much? Since I spent most of the night scared out of my mind, I was very thankful for the morning. 
After we packed up our campsite, we had about a 4.5 mile hike ahead of us…yay (can you sense the sarcasm). Even though I was sweating more, than I have ever had, I still managed to have a good time. I was imagining a little Teek Patronus leading the way to air conditioning and my bed.
Some backwards cap action.
Side note: This weekend Walter and I celebrated being engaged a year 🙂 

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