On Saturday we went from this...
:) :) :) :) :)
Last year we loooved our overnight hike in the Adirondacks so much that we had to do it again. I think this will be one of our summer traditions as long as we live on the East Coast. This year we decided not to sleep in the car the night before at the trailhead. ;) ;) But there was still plenty of romance ahead...
We did a total of 13 miles of hiking along a trail and set up camp near this gorgeous lake. We were in HEAVEN!!!
And yes, we were very much alone and didn't have bathing suits so we did skinny dip out to that rock. hahha. Danny couldn't stop laughing about me screaming and jumping into the cold water as fast as I could...because, you know, maybe the ducks would see me? Some deer? So in my haste, my entrance to the lake was more of a tumble and fall into the water off of the slick rocks. Oh my. We couldn't stop laughing.
Danny is the BEST camper. He just knows what to do and LOVES every task involved in camping (fishing, packing the backpacks, scouting out a trail, checking the map in his back pocket, purifying the stream water for drinking and cooking, finding the BEST camping spot ever, building the fire, making our hiker meals on our miniature burner, hanging our food in a tree overnight.)
But the best part of all is just being with an absolute gentleman.
Danny holds my hand on the trail if it's wide enough for us to walk side by side.
If he's a few steps ahead of me as we walk through a little stream, he lets me know if some of the rocks are wobbly.
As we walk along, we just talk and talk about life, love, politics, food, religion, our one day family, what vegetables we would want to plant if we had a garden. :)
If we get a small distance between us, Danny will often call out and say, "Hi, love. How are your feet doing?"
Or he'll stop on the trail if an area is a little steep...and maybe reach out his hand to help.
At the camp he'll check to see if I could use a little warmth and then proceed to make a fire and some hot chocolate.
And um...you should have seen him tucking me in when we retired to our tent. He had a mylar blanket for me that he tucked all around my sleeping bag before we cozied and kissed and thanked each other for such a wonderful day together.
I know these things may sound simple and maybe this just seems normal to you. But to me, this kindness means the world. This kindness is heaven. I could never ever take it for granted. :) :)
Danny got up very early and saw the sunrise. He took these pictures for me to see later, as I was still fast asleep.
He said these two frogs hung out with him while he did a little fishing. CUTE!
And, in case any of you are hikers or feel tempted to give it a try, I thought I'd share with you the hiking equipment that we really, really love. Danny researched a bunch before buying this stuff and it has all been working out so well.
OUR FAVORITE HIKING GEAR
Danny's Osprey Backpack (Exos)
Mara's Osprey Backpack (Exos)
High Peak Hyperlite 2-Person Tent (Danny got his tent 17 years ago. but this is the updated version.)
Hex 2.0 Crazy Creek Chairs (these ones are made for hiking and roll up very small.)
Sleeping Mats: ALPS Mountaineering Light Weight Self-Inflating Air Pad
Water Packs: Osprey HydraForm Reservoir
Hiker Stove: Vaude Markill Spider Outdoor Burner
AlpineAire Dried Hiker Meals (It's true that just about anything tastes good in the mountains. :)
Pocket Knife: Kurshaw Blur Knife with Steel Blade
Energizer Trailfinder LED Headlight (LOVE these for reading at the camp at night.)
P.S. This spot we went to in the Adirondacks is called Pharaoh Lake. We can't recommend it enough!! If you are gluten-free, stop at Sherry Lynn's Gluten Free Store and Bakery on the way (we both really liked her homemade bread). And then on the way back, go have a delicious Indian meal in Saratoga Springs at a place called Karavalli. They can make many of their creamy sauces with coconut milk and we both just love the food there.
Do you guys go backpacking or car camping? Where are your favorite spots? For me, I think I definitely prefer the minimalist style of backpacking opposed to coolers, air mattresses, and 3 bedroom tents. :) Though I'm sure if we had kids, we'd have to really adjust our camping style for awhile. And, do you have any favorite pieces of hiking/camping gear? We are suckers for this stuff.