Monday, August 31, 2009

Spontaneous Camping Trip

This past Saturday was a beautiful day in my neighborhood. The temperature was right around 65-70 all day. The skies were clear and blue, and it was as if nature was calling to me. So, on a whim, we decided to go camping, and the fates aligned just right. We were able to borrow everything we needed from my older brother and his girlfriend and buy food and drinks for the night. It was spectacular, and it was my fiance and my first time ever camping together. It was also my first time camping as an adult. It was just as fun and relaxing as I remember it from the few times I went with friends. I was inspired to write while I was out there, so you can read that now.

It is exactly on week before my wedding. It is 9:03 pm, and my legs are warm under my fleece sweats from the fire a few feet in front of me. The pre-Fall cool night is setting in around us as Verdict* plays on our car stereo. I am surrounded by to of my brothers, my older brother's girlfriend, and my soon to be husband...husband...husband...

How strange? Some day 20 years from now, I will look back on my life before my marriage and remember this very camp out. I will remember the nerves settling in. I will remember the excitement about having all my family together. I will remember the warmth of knowing at the end of every day, there is someone on my side, by my side, to hold my hand, to take care of me, to smile at me and kiss my forehead.

I will remember being able to camp out instead of being frantic and up to my ears in wedding planning. I will remember putting up my first tent, roasting marshmallows for s'mores, eating my first camp fire cooked hot dog, and laying under the stars, warm in my anam cara's arms (my soul mate ;o) ).

There is something magical, something enticing, something indescribable about the radiating warmth of a fire. The flames lick and hug the tree limbs almost lovingly just before burning them into nothing but a pile of forgotten ashes, permanently erasing all the growth and history that tree limb held. The heat permeates your skin leaving a tingling across your being as the coolness of night fights with it to hug you. There is a oneness with nature as the plants and animals continue their existence as if you are not even there. And the peace, oh the peace of letting the real world slip away and nature's healing set in, there's nothing like it.

I do believe this was the perfect way to spend my last weekend as an unmarried woman.

*My fiance's best man is the vocalist for Verdict. They are a little heavier than my normal taste, but these guys hold so much talent and so much passion. It blows you away every time, even if you don't normally listen to that sort of style. His best man writes most of the songs himself, as well as much of the actual music. It is an amazing skill I cannot even begin to wrap my head around.


  1. You are making some precious memories that will last a lifetime. A lovely way to relax and unwind in the midst of frantic preparations. I cheated and eloped to Gretna green! Kath in England X

  2. glad you had a good time! you will not be lucky enough to have "all" your family together, like that, because, I'm still NOT going!

  3. man i can't wait to sit by a make it sound as wonderful as it really is! I am so excited for you!! I think you are so veryt alented in all you do. The beauty within your heart is amazing!!!

  4. It all sounds so romantic and poetic. Be sure to keep a journal through this time, or print out your blog,,,it will be a treasure 20 years from now!

  5. Glad that you are enjoying all of these wonderful moments! You will look back on them many a time!

  6. Hey, I hope your big day tomorrow goes well. Enjoy every moment!

    God bless you both.

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    Thanks for considering this,

    Jean B. in SC