Camping, finally!

I had a LOVELY weekend. I guess weekends like this one are why people love summer – it was not humid, it didn’t get above 90*, and the water kept a breeze flowing through the area.

We went to Paris Landing State Park, which was a bit different from some parks, mainly because it has a marina and a restaurant, and only one or two trails. You can see the marina from the campground, which I was happy to discover. The park is on Kentucky Lake, which is basically the Tennessee River, and had a little beach area as well as a swimming pool (we swam in the dirty river water, not the pool, in case anyone wonders). Was DELIGHTFUL.

We got in on Friday night and had some roasted veggies plus sausage for dinner. Next morning for breakfast (which wasn’t done until lunch time) we had dutch oven biscuits, plus bacon and fried eggs. For dinner that night, we made a new recipe from a dutch oven cookbook I got — garlic lemon chicken. It was a one-pot meal which called for instant rice; we used couscous instead because I forgot to put rice on the grocery list. Honestly I like couscous better than rice anyway, so it all worked out and was absolutely delicious. Breakfast the next morning (also done around lunch time) was a breakfast casserole consisting of some leftovers (bacon, biscuits, veggies, etc). As always, food cooked over a campfire just tastes better.

The reason that we didn’t get breakfast cooked until around noon both days is that we got a new tent and it made summer sleeping so much more comfortable than I’d been anticipating. Before, we had a Coleman 2 person tent, which worked best for cool weather camping; when it’s hot outside, the tent isn’t as well-ventilated as we’d like, and isn’t big enough for us to not have to struggle to not actually touch each other. Nothing like sleeping in an incubator next to a hot body. When it’s hot outside. Having flashbacks to trying to sleep in Mississippi – thought I was going to die.

So anyway, new tent was $30 at Aldi of all places, and is a 4-sleeper. Which basically means that we have SO MUCH ROOM now. Like, room to put our stuff at the end of the tent and still have space to stretch out without touching it. AND also at Aldi (amazing grocery store that it is), we got a tent fan! With two speeds, and a light! Didn’t even need it the second night because the breeze was so strong, in fact.

I haven’t mentioned the hammock that I splurged on, and won’t gush too much, but let me just say that it was a DREAM to be able to relax and read in that hammock all afternoon. The breeze was pretty steady, and the shade was cool, and it was just lovely. You should all go buy hammocks.

So Sunday we packed up the campsite and did one/two/three? of the little inter-mingling trails they have. Ended up being about 2.5 miles. After, we were hungry and stopped by Sherry’s Bar & Grill in Big Rock, TN. It was off the main road and Stephen found it on Yelp. I was pleasantly surprised – they had very tasty food, and everything was clean (I mean, you could smoke indoors, but otherwise everything was clean), and  everyone was friendly. Not going to promise that everyone would have been friendly if we weren’t white (saw at least one stars and bars bandanna, and they had a “2nd Amendment” plaque hanging from the wall). But as it was (or as we were anyway), it was a nice little bar.

And now I’m back at work, and feeling lighter. The atmosphere feels less oppressive today. It’s nice. 🙂

hammock 2

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I'm a young, childless widow who is trying to figure out the best way to deal with the world in light of my late husband's suicide. It's harder than I ever imagined it would be, but somehow at the same time I am still alive and even happy sometimes.

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