ignorance is bliss.

only 4 days until our {trip} begins.

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and our dining room is beginning to resemble the camping section at bass pro shop. 

I’d love to report we’re packed & ready to go ..but that is a far cry from the truth. my “list” is approximately 3 pages long, and grows every time I take a shower or attempt to fall asleep [apparently that’s when my best ideas strike me]. great news: the blog is in wonderful hands while I’m gone. bad news: if I can’t find a snake bite kit, we’re not going.

[just kidding!].

I used to be a fearless child. I’d like her to make a reappearance.

I have about 10000 concerns regarding this trip. including sleeping in a tent, showering in a communal bathroom, running through the campsite to use the restroom in the middle of the night, rain, our tent leaking when it rains, being too hot at night, cooking dinner over a campfire, having to eat PB&J for every meal because I can’t cook over a campfire, bears, rattle snakes, any insects, poison ivy, etc. [just to name a few]. ah, ignorance is bliss.

the first six days we want to prep our own meals at our campsite. and “rough it” as much as possible. no planned trips to the grocery store, or starbucks.

what type of meals do you cook when camping? ideas for snacks? things to pack I’m probably forgetting?

any & all advice is welcome. [and appreciated].

an honest “you can do it” may even help at this point.

happy wednesday!!


spilling the beans.

I am so happy this day is here, because I cannot keep my mouth shut any longer ..

I put up two ‘clues’ on {instagram} over the weekend. here are three more ..

then I’m spilling the beans!

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[J] & I both purchased a pair of what I call “all-purpose” shoes. {merrell’s barefoot trail gloves}.

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we got hydration backpacks.

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and then there was friday afternoon ..when I tried to pitch a tent in our living room. fail. our apartment is not big enough, my tent-building skills are just fine.


you’d think that last clue really exposed the announcement. yes, we’re taking a trip. and we will be camping. but there’s more to it ..

we’re calling it ..

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inspired by a trip my parent’s took me on as a child. our need strong desire for a vacation. love of road trips. want to spend time together. and chance to see some of our country’s greatest sites.

we’ll be gone for 16 days!!!!

we’re hitting mount rushmore. little bighorn battlefield. the badlands. devils tower. yellowstone. salt lake city, UT. estes park & denver, CO. just to name a few. we will not be camping the entire time, only about half ..[that’s enough for me]. I haven’t been camping since age 10-ish. so [J] & I are in for an adventure.

in regards to the blog ..

my mom says camping is more ‘civilized’ these days, but I’m not convinced and/or taking any chances..so I’m leaving you in the hands of some of my favorite bloggers who will keep you entertained distracted while I’m gone. they’re amazing! and have some fun things up their sleeves. I do plan to write a couple posts ..most definitely “the week in photos” [on friday’s]. and probably a few others. basically, there will be a new post up each day. so you won’t even notice I’m gone!

besides the fact that we’ll be busy fighting off bears, scratching mosquito bites, and using a campfire as our oven ..[J] & I are making a conscious effort to disconnect. at least for the first 6 days of our trip, no social media. [I may sneak an instagram here & there].

I’ll have my camera with me at all times. and will recap the entire trip when we return.

let the last minute preparations begin ..

happy monday!


summer bucket list.

believe it or not the first day of summer is this friday.

and I will admit, I’ve participated in very few “summery” activities thus far. [unless you count the numerous times [J] & I have used our grill. but besides that ..zero]. I’m always so happy once this warm season arrives, but it usually ends before I do all I had planned. so this year I put my foot down. and created a bucket list, to ensure I accomplish everything before autumn rolls around. [on september 22nd].

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I made it last night.

and today it’s hanging on the wall in my office. along with this …

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and on that note ..I’m going to the gym. seriously!

what’s on your summer bucket list?

happy tuesday all.