Camping kind of People

Well, I certainly thought I would enjoy lounging around our apartment much more than I am. I was so excited to dive into wedding magazines and watch a million girly movies, but I fell asleep halfway through The Help today because I was just so bored from sitting on our couch! If anyone knows me, I’m not great at sitting still or being unproductive. I like to use my weekends to get things done and right now, I just feel like a big slob. I know R&R is what we need because we both feel like crap, but I look forward to a few days from now when we’re feeling back to our normal selves.

The verdict on girly movies/wedding magazines though? I love When Harry Met Sally, and I thought The Help was very clever and entertaining. I haven’t gotten to the other two movies yet because I started watching Friends from season seven (when Monica and Chandler get engaged) and I haven’t been able to stop since. And wedding magazines are stressing me out a little so I put them away for now. Too many decisions!

As I wrote last night, Kev and I had a great night in downtown DSM a few weeks ago right before leaving for camping. I have been so excited to blog about camping and planned to blog the weekend after we go back, but you know this kind of happened (!) and I’ve been a little pre-occupied. So let’s get to it!

Kevin and I took turns driving/napping the whole way there. Thursday night wore us out!

I have been camping ever since I was a little kid. My parents LOVE to camp and our family camping trips have been some of my favorite childhood memories. We, however, have always tent camped, which I thought was just fine. Sure there are bugs, it’s hot and it’s impossible to see at night even with lanterns and flash-lights, but I just thought that was the norm. That is, until we met Danny and Sara. We have been camping with Danny and Sara a couple of times now and the first two or three times we used Danny’s family’s camper. Then, two summers ago we decided to tent camp and that was the worst idea any of us had ever had. There was a monsoon and it was basically more terrible that words can explain. Simply stated, we said “never again” and haven’t tent camped with them since.  Campers are life changers.

Our bed. With a mattress, sheets, pillows, AC and no bugs.

We got there right in time for dinner! Sara had Walking Tacos already made and we dug in right away. Walking Tacos = fritos, taco meat, lettuce, cheese, tomato, sour cream and salsa. Yummmmm!

Danny and Sara know how much I love beer and they brought some Yuengling, a beer that is not found anywhere near us in Iowa or Missouri. I had heard good things about it and it did not disappoint! Now come to Iowa, Yuengling! (pronounced “ying-ling”)

Whenever we get together with Danny and Sara, many games of euchre are played. And it gets intense!

And then we played Trouble. I forgot how fun that game was!

We woke up bright and early Saturday morning, had a great breakfast and packed the coolers for a day on the river!

As tradition follows, Sara and I were in one canoe and Kevin and Danny were in the other. This provides for guy-guy and girl-girl bonding time that is much needed. 🙂

Sara and I were so worried the boys would tip because that cooler had all of our beer and our beloved lunch!

This trip, we ate sandwiches that we pre-assembled. When floating with my family, we’ve done everything from fried chicken to a full-on BBQ. Sandwiches were easy and delicious!

I love this girl. And it makes me sad we don’t see each other nearly enough.

We stopped for lunch and did a couple swims down the river. The water felt great! Kevin had a hard time not hitting bottom. Lay off the Cheese-Its, Kev! 😉

Little did I know that one week from this day…we’d be engaged! Danny and Sara are TOO good at keeping secrets!

After floating all day, we got back to our campsite, had a fantastic crock-pot dinner (another perk of camping in a camper…crock pot dinners!) and started a fire for s’mores.

Can’t camp without making s’mores!

Danny made a good fire!

Kevin likes marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers separate, but he doesn’t like s’mores. Weird!

More for us!

We woke up on Sunday and had a fantastic breakfast. Both Sara and I agreed that we eat better meals while camping than we do at home!

We played a few games of cornhole, a game at which I royally suck at.

For lunch, we made reubens over the fire! So fun and tasty.

The weekend went by way too fast, and it was so hard to say good-bye because as far as I was concerned, I didn’t think I’d see them again until Thanksgiving or Christmas! Little did I know…they were planning a trip to Des Moines the very next weekend. 🙂

I’m ready to plan another camping trip for the fall!


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