I’m not a super girly girl. I don’t care a lot about fashion, make-up, shopping–things that a lot of girls like. Not that I don’t like those things (well, I really don’t like shopping), but I just don’t care a lot about them. I mean, just take a look at the photos I post of myself!
But over the years and a couple of trips to Africa later, I’ve discovered that I do like my creature comforts. I like warm showers, soft beds, and blow drying my hair. I don’t like being dirty for longer than whatever activity got me dirty.
So when my CrossFit gym decided to take a camping trip, my first thought was of a whole day with no shower and sleeping on the hard ground. But the adventure of exploring a new piece of my part of the world won me over quickly, and I couldn’t wait to go.
So last weekend I headed to Devil’s Den State Park in northwest Arkansas for a weekend of roughing it. I was hoping that spilling ice all over the floor before I even made it out the door was not a sign of how the weekend would go.
Thankfully, it wasn’t, and I had a wonderful time. Devil’s Den is beautiful! We hiked up and down mountains, scrambling over tree limbs and up rocks. I got hot and sweaty and dirty, but I loved every moment of it.
The crazy thing is when I look back over the weekend, I don’t think about the streaks of dirt on my unshowered body or the miserably hard ground–the discomforts I typically associate with camping. What I think about is how relaxing just getting away from it all was. With no cell service in the park, there were no phone calls or texts to answer, no need to check email, no ability to scroll down Facebook lane. There was only friends and nature.
So I came home tired but feeling recharged from a weekend of being totally unplugged. I might have to make camping a regular activity! (Did I really just say that?!)
How do you recharge?
What’s your favorite outdoor spot to visit?
Camping or no camping?