Monday, September 10, 2012

Set Fire to the Rain?

This past weekend I went on a camping trip up in New Hampshire.  While the majority of the weekend we lucked out with great cool temps and sunny skies for hiking, we were also treated with the remnants of a hurricane passing through on Saturday night!  I really thought we were going to loose our rain tarps at one point the wind and rain was so hard! (I may or may not have slept in an SUV Saturday night due to the flooding of our tent....)

Even with the excitement provided by mother nature we still had a great weekend hiking, cooking on the camp fire (after many attempts to start it in the pouring rain!!!) and huddling under tarps playing card games.
Strong winds leave me with AWESOME hiking hair!  #Sarcasm

If you live in the New England area I HIGHLY suggest the Crawford Notch General Store & Campground Campsite.  The staff is great and the campsites are large, on the water and close to many many trails!

Thanks to Seth, Allie, Jay  & Scott for planning another great trip!  Here's hoping next year mother nature decides to hold off on the major storms!

I was one of the first to arrive on Friday night, so we set up the tent and got the fire going. Which really means, that I did what Jay told me to do and tried to stay out of the way so the actual camping professional could set up the site properly! (Thank you for putting up with this city girl Jay!)

Cold beer and a camp fire... what more could a girl want?

 I am officially obsessed with New Balance Minimus sneakers.  Sorry all other brands, these are my sneaks of choice from now on!

Love random rock art left by other campers!

On Saturday after breakfast at the site we made our way down the road to Mount Willard trail.  It was a pretty straight shot up the mountain but I will take a shady steep hike over an exposed sunny gradual hike any day of the week....

The hike took us about 45 minutes to the top (about 2500 foot elevation) but the reward is like none other!
Top of Mount Willard

Soul Searching at 2800 feet

photo break

After the hike we headed over to a natural waterfall for lunch.  It was the perfect sunny spot to stretch out, refuel with PB&J sandwiches and Instagram (there was zero reception for 99% of the weekend! GASP)

I had such a great time, even with the rain!  I really enjoy heading off the grid with this group every year and look forward to many many more trips with them!