Romping is my way of defining the BEST way to camp: with your hunnie!! It's the ooey-gooey mushy-gushy form of getting outside the city and rolling around in some dirt (if you know what I mean ;)) for a few days. Jon and I have just celebrated our first WHOLE year of marriage, and this was our choice way to celebrate!
We chose the incredible campgrounds in Eleven Mile to pitch our tent, and couldn't have had a more beautiful weekend. If you ever are looking for a place in Colorado to camp/fish, this is THE place. It has 11 miles of lush forests surrounding the river that flows from Lake George, which caps off the campgrounds at the end of the road.
Something I really look forward to when camping is cooking! There's something special about making breakfast in the crisp morning air, throwing together whatever you brought and sitting next to the fire while you wait for the sun to overcome your campsite. I always like to bring the best coffee when camping as a little treat, and we drank Switchback coffee out of Ipsento mugs!
For some reason, I have always wanted to witness someone painting a landscape in person. I couldn't believe we found this sweet old man capturing his perception of the beautiful scene while driving to pick up some supplies. It was a better experience than I could have expected, there was so much peace and serenity on his face. He had no other task at hand but to enjoy a few hours in nature, watching the shadows change, hearing the waters rushing over rocks, and concentrating with his brush. It seems so hard to take these kinds of moments these days... I was so happy to see someone fighting for that peace.
After years of taking this hike with my family whenever we visit 11 Mile, I had to show Jon the life-changing view. There's nothing that proves God's existence better than a view like that!
After reading and a blissful nap, dinner was served over the fire! I'm obsessed with Hobo Dinners, my favorite camping meal. It's so delicious and healthy! Check out this recipe for a good start to your own hobo dinner. I like to change up the meat we use, and this time it was a sweet Italian sausage from Trader Joe's.
One of the books I'm currently reading, The Light Between Oceans, was what I read on our trip. I haven't finished it yet, but I hope to do so soon to catch the film based on the book that's currently in theaters! I loved this quote : "I wish you could see the sunrise and sunset here. And the stars: the sky gets crowded at night, and it is a bit like watching a clock, seeing the constellations slide across the sky. It's comforting to know that they'll show up, however bad the day has been, however crook things get... It put things into perspective-the stars had been around since before there were people."
If you are married, I highly suggest my version of camping. What we found was that in the midst of our chaotic lives, we were blessed with unhurried TIME. It brought irreplaceable peace. We were so impacted by the stillness of time in those few days, the sweet and deep conversations and the joy we found in reflecting on our happy memories. We saw many shooting stars and made a few wishes for the years to come, dreaming of the love that we still have yet to discover together.