Camping at Geode State Park

Hello Joylfakes!

This summer has been BUSY and it has included some pretty great adventures. A couple of weeks ago Misha and I packed up the car and Izzy and headed south to Geode State Park. This was our first camping trip of the summer and we couldn't wait to get away for a weekend of camp fire cooking, hiking, and sleeping outside. 

We made it there in just about an hour and a half and we stopped to pick up some firewood and grab a quick dinner on our way. 

Our campsite was tucked into the woods just across from the main campsite which meant not only did we have a little extra privacy, our neighbors weren't literally right next-door. 

For christmas last year I gave Misha a 4 person Kelty Acadia tent and it was SO easy to set up! The whole process probably took less than 15 minutes and there was plenty of room inside for us, all our stuff, and Izzy. Plus, with the rain fly on, there is extra room outside of the tent to keep firewood dry and store any extra odds and ends. 

The next morning, Misha treated me to some delicious eggs and sausages for breakfast and we headed out to hike around Lake Geode.

After a long hike and a little bouldering, we settled in for an afternoon of relaxation and then cooked an FANTASTIC dinner. There is something about cooking over fire that just makes food taste better. The Potatoes were probably the best part and they were so simple to make! We cleaned and sliced up some golden potatoes, mixed in some diced onions, garlic powder and adobo and then folded them up in tin foil with a couple of pats of butter. Put the whole things on the grill and voila! Buttery, soft, flavorful potatoes and onions. YUM.

Our second night of camping didn't go quite as smoothly as a raccoon decided our campsite was the perfect place to terrorize humans. After some seriously scary glimpses of glowing eyes in the woods, a lot of live tweeting, and lots of banging of pans and fire pits we finally decided to pack anything that smelled remotely like food away in the car and go to bed. It seemed to do the trick until something ran into our tent just above our heads at about 1am. Apparently our raccoon friend doesn't have very good night vision and tripped over the ties for our rain fly.

The next morning dawned grey and ominous and after the third giant clap of thunder in about a minute we decided that a little extra sleep wasn't worth packing everything up in a downpour. Luckily, the Kelty Acadia was just as easy to take down as it was to put up and we got the campsite torn down and cleaned up with seconds to spare before the heavens opened up and it started pouring. 

It rained all the way home so I'm glad we didn't try to wait it out! Who knows when we finally would have gotten back or how much mud would have been caked to our stuff. 

So our trip may have ended a little early, and it may not have gone perfectly, but it was a great trip that I'm sure we will always remember and laugh about. And we will definitely be camping at least one more time this summer and a fall. Do you have any camping stories?! I would love to hear them!