All that to say, we were due for a camping trip together. This was our first summer in a long time that we have actually been able to do fun stuff together, since I'm not sick or have a sprained ankle, so we have been taking advantage of it. Dan goes backcountry camping every summer with some guy friends, but it's been ages since I've camped. We opted to go to a campground though, since I'm not quite ready for backcountry yet. We tried to line it up to go with some friends, but our schedules didn't mesh so it ended up being just Dan and I. Oh and Mia.
We had an awesome little campsite and we happily set up our tent and eating area. We fortunately arrived early on Friday so we got everything set up by early afternoon and then could explore for the rest of the day.
Our exploring involved walking around the campground in order to find out where the nearest bathrooms were and then heading out in the canoe. We paddled around the small bay and fished for a bit. I caught a HUGE fish too! It was all pretty thrilling, considering I rarely fish and even then only usually catch tiny little rock bass if anything. But I was sitting there in the canoe, lazily casting out while chatting with Dan and all of a sudden I had something on my line. It fought pretty hard and I was sore and exhausted by the time I got it in, but it was totally worth it for the photo shoot.
I caught myself a Northern Pike that was about 30 inches long and probably around 5 lbs. Don't I look proud? And a little scared too. We didn't eat it though, I let it back into the wild and waved at it as it swam away. It totally made my
We paddled around a little more before heading back to the campsite. After all, I was pretty exhausted from my fishing adventure.
The really cool thing about our site was that we had access to the lake from it. I mean, it was a round about sort of access but still, we didn't need to carry the canoe half a kilometre down to the boat launch. Our site backed onto a marshy area and there was a tiny path down to the water from it. From there, we could paddle along amongst the lily pads for a bit and then came out onto the lake. It was great!
|Little pathway to the marsh where we launched our canoe|
|The marshy area we had to go through to get to the lake|
It was a little chilly Saturday morning but by the afternoon it had warmed up considerably. We headed off site for a bit to do some geocaching and give Mia some time off leash, but I forgot to take any pictures from that time. We found 4 geocaches though, so it was a productive time away.
Once we were back at our site, we curled up in the tent for a while and read. We're still working our way slowly through the book we're reading together, but this weekend definitely gave us a good jump ahead in it.
While we read in the tent, Mia napped outside. When she wasn't intently staring into the bushes that is.
It was a really fun weekend of relaxing and spending time together. We mostly just fished, walked, read and ate all weekend.
|Dan and Mia "cuddling"|
|I totally caught the biggest fish of the weekend|
|Doing dishes by the fire|
|Eating hearty meals!|
|Cooking over an open fire makes everything taste better|
|The sun was so nice Sunday morning|
P.S. Be sure to swing back by tomorrow morning to read all about how I planned and pulled off a gluten/dairy/corn free camping menu!