For the start of Labor Day weekend, Tim, arranged a camping trip up at Hickory Run State Park. This is the second consecutive year we head there to close out the summer with a group of close friends. It's nice to know we've started this tradition with the intention of some camp fires, good laughs, and awesome memories. On our way up to the campsite we caught glance of this classic car. I immediately grabbed my camera and snapped this shot. Over the week we purchased a DXO 1 and brought it along to see what it can do. I love how compact it is. It makes traveling with it easy, and it connects to the phone with ease.
our set up for the night!
Once we arrived to our campsite we unloaded, made our beds (peep K's hammock in the back), and started collecting firewood. Gathering up twigs and logs was such an awesome bonding experience. Best part was when I walked on a fallen tree trunk over a dried creek to make my way across to the other side of the park . It literally felt like I was in a movie. I mean, how many can say they did that while being held by the hand ever so carefully by prince charming? ;) Haha.
After starting the fire we grilled up some grub and enjoyed the evening with friends. Saturday morning we woke up early and headed straight to the Lehigh River for white water rafting. This was my third time white water rafting and can testify how each go round will always be different. The first two times we went there was a double dam release. The water flowed faster, and created great movement for the raft, forming nice sized pockets in the river to ride into. This go around there was a single release. But even with the release you could notice the river was not as high. It had also not rained as much this summer, so there were lots more rocks present. Although, the river wasn't as rough, the rocks definitely made us work. I enjoyed getting stuck on a rock or two, or four because it made our team communicate with each other and work collectively.
There is something magical when connecting with Mother Nature. I love it. I love the forests, the chilly nights, the sound of leaves rustling. I love all the wonder they possess. I cannot wait until we get the chance to get out again. Adventure is out there!
“I walked slowly to enjoy this freedom, and when I came out of the mountains, I saw the sky over the prairie, and I thought that if heaven was real, I hoped it was a place I never had to go, for this earth was greater than any paradise.”
― Daniel J. Rice, The Unpeopled Season: Journal from a North Country Wilderness