Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Weekend, in Pictures

Home from our fun camping weekend; it could have lasted longer with no complaints from moi.

I didn't read as much as I'd imagined I would; every time I picked up my books, I'd fall asleep within 3 paragraphs. At least I got some rest, yah?

We started the trip out on a, er, "flat" note, blowing a tire along Highway 49.

My Manly Man changed the tire in 9 minutes flat, while I helped by wandering around with the camera.

Cooking over a fire is one of the best things about camping, and there is no lack of food with our group of friends. We all agreed that we overpack the groceries, and no one goes hungry as a result. Carnivores are especially welcome.

Side dishes cooked in foil are a must, like these mushrooms and onions cooked in butter....I think the calories burn off if they're cooked over wood.

And don't forget the cold beer. I ended up passing on wine, and Negra Modela with lime & salt was my drink for the weekend. And this one from Trader Joe's wasn't bad, either.

Settling down with feet up around the campfire is perfect way to wrap up the day. One of ours brought a can of some cool stuff to sprinkle over the fire that turned the flames all different colors. Oooooo!

I did manage to get a few things "accomplished." I dragged along a new set of Prismacolor Pencils I purchased recently. There were 120 in the set, and I sharpened 90 of them before I tired and had to take another nap.

Sunday afternoon I accompanied the guys to the 4-wheeling trails, and while they rode, I went wandering about the countryside with my camera. No prize-winning photos that afternoon, but a few worth sharing:

And Monday afternoon, the skies opened up. We were prepared and had mostly picked up the night before, so I had the luxury lounging on the chaise for the last couple of couple hours of the weekend, getting back into my book, listening to the rain hit the awning, and staying perfectly dry.

Rain at the campground isn't ideal, but it was, in the long run, a nice way to wrap up the weekend.


  1. Oooh...I thinking camping in the rain in our trailer is just about the coziest thing imaginable. That is, if it's just a me-and-Jim trip and the boys aren't along... :-)
    Looks like you guys had a great time. Love the colorful fire!

  2. A couple of things:

    1) I LOVE that picture of the Prismacolor wood shavings.

    2) Calories are cut in half (at least) if they are eaten outdoors.

    3) Anything cooked in foil has all the calories leached out of it and into the foil.

    4) You're a better woman than me, cause camping? Meh. I like my comfort.

  3. Jazz: Campers have running water, electricity, air conditioning, and kitchens, these days. Also, most of our lawn chairs are of the reclining sort. Granted, ya have to deal with mosquitoes...

  4. GREAT PICTURES !! Love the carnivorous meat shot and the pencil shavings, but my favorite was the rain awning. Looks like good times were had by all. I have to rent me one of those badass campers this summer !!

  5. Anonymous5:39 PM

    Toad !

  6. You guys had a great time. I just knew it. And man that was a ton of food on the BBQ.

    What ya readin?

  7. Sounds like a real chilled out weekend - just the job to get you over the wedding preparation blues.

    Only 3 photos of the wedding - someone confiscate your camera?

  8. Anonymous2:23 PM

    Did I tell you I was going camping this long weeknd too?
    My updates coming soon..and you inspire me to put up photos! :)

  9. "My Manly Man changed the tire in 9 minutes flat" - I want Clint on my pit crew.

    OK, you're coming camping with me SOON. I'm ashamed to say it's mostly weenies and beans on our outings (shut up).

    Move over Martha, your IL namesake is now officially the Culinary Countess of Camping Cuisine...

    Oh, and I beg to differ about your photo assessment, dear - The pencil shavings are DEFINITELY worthy of an art show entry. Guaranteed.

  10. Awesome photos. I think my favorite is the rain dripping, or pouring, rather, off the awning. However, the pencil shavings have something special about them. Perhaps I'm most impressed with the idea that you would even THINK to take that picture. Where I would see a pile of pencil shavings, you saw art and its a tremendous shot!

  11. I liked the Amphibia, actually. I thought it was bloody gorgeous.


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