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Camping Extravaganza

Hello!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 🙂

I survived my first camping trip since 1996, and I.had.a.BLAST!  The drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains in itself was spectacular. 

I mean just look at this!


Once we arrived at the campground, we were pleasantly surprised to see that this was the view from our cabin.  The soothing sound of rushing water immediately gave you a sense of calm. 

We unpacked the truck and began preparations for our night out in the wild. 

**HINT**  It is always a very good idea to bring an Eagle Scout with you when you go camping in the woods!   

For dinner, we ate Hobo Packs.  A hobo pack is simply marinated meat and/or veggies wrapped in foil and cooked over an open flame.  I had hobo-ed asparagus, squash, and broccoli.  I also had a grilled Lightlife Italian SausageAll of you experienced vegetarians and vegans out there, what do you eat when you go camping???


The highlight of dinner came after the dinner plates were scrubbed clean and the last logs were added to the fire. 

Yep!  S’more time! 


Here is my perfectly burnt to a crisp vegetarian marshmallow s’more!  Just the way I like it! 


After eating three of these delectable babies, it was time to hit they hay! 

Remember Glo Worms from the 80s???




Nice and cozy!


Today we woke up and went for a 3.4 mile hike through the George Washington National Forest.



3.4 miles may not sound like a whole lot, but when you are hiking those miles UP a rather large mountain, you definitely get out of breath!  It gives a new meaning to “buns of steel.”


The scenery was amazing.  It really doesn’t feel like a workout when you are surrounded by such beauty.



Larry and I are already making plans for our next trip!  It is such an easy, cheap, and exciting way to get away for the weekend!


The dogs have been zonked out ever since they got in the car for the trip home.

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I am about to join them.  I know I will sleep like a baby tonight! 🙂


magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!



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Over the River and Through The Woods

Over the river and through the woods, to Skyline Drive we go!  A storm is a’coming, a cabin is rented, and I can’t wait to eat a marshmall-ow! 

Ok, I know that was stretching it a bit, but it pretty much sums up our camping trip for this weekend. 

Here is the weather forecast.


Here is the cabin that we rented because of the weather forecast.

Cabin Rentals

And here are the marshmallows I am about to go buy from Ellwood Thompson’s.

As a vegetarian, I do not eat the regular kind because they are made with gelatin.  After doing a little research, I discovered that my new favorite local market carries these Sweet and Sara vegan marshmallows. 

They look like they will be scrumptious in a mouth watering, face rocking s’more!


I may skip my dinner of a veggie hobo pack and eat these babies all night instead! 

As soon as Larry gets home from work ,we are hitting the road and braving the great outdoors.

Check back tomorrow to see how this camping neophyte fared in the wet and stormy wilderness! 😉


magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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Sunday in the Shade

This weekend was truly wonderful.  The weather was beautiful, and we were able to spend time with amazing friends.

Yesterday, Larry and I went with a couple of friends to a local winery for Sunday in the Shade.


There was a tasting and a one man band.



The sun was shining,


and plans were made for a camping trip next weekend (what!?! Disappointed)!


We were very sad when we had to go.


But after we left the vineyard, Larry and I became official members of a local community pool! 

I have lived here for almost five years, and anytime I have wanted to read by a pool, or swim laps, I’ve had to drive an hour and a half to my parents’ house.  This year we decided to use a portion of our tax refund to become pool members, and I can not wait for summer fun in the sun (with loads of sunscreen, of course!) 😉

Did I mention that we are going camping next weekend???  I have not been camping since I was a freshman in high school back in da 90s!  Needless to say, this city girl is a bit nervous!  The hiking and s’more making sounds wonderful, but what about the creatures that go bump in the night?!?!?!  How do we keep them away????

 A black bear scans the water while hunting for fish.


Do you go camping?  Any advice for a camping neophyte??? 


magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!


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