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Roper Lake. May, 2012.

We are going camping!

I don’t know how two people who hate/hated camping gave birth to me, a person who is hard pressed to think of anything she loves more than waking up in a tent. But it happened. I am not my mother nor my father’s daughter in this regard.

I didn’t really go camping until I was 16. Sometimes is terrifies me to think I could have continued on that path, never knowing these things about myself:

I need to breathe air cleansed by the wild. I need to feel the warmth of the fire, and of my sleeping bag. I need the quiet.

I am grateful to those that brought me outside and showed me the door to discovering who I am. I hope I would have figured it out eventually. But you never know.

Have a great weekend, dear readers. May you find a slice of your own heaven, whatever that looks like for you.

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5 thoughts on “the call of the wild

  1. Martha Goudey

    I never camped, or skied, or backbacked or gardened until I was 24 and my husband and I moved from San Diego to Park City, Utah to live. That was many years ago, and I now live in the flatland of Central Washington (40 minutes from the woods) my memories of that first fall, hiking under the golden aspen, remain vivid. I still love to walk and hike and although I’m confined to the house and patio this fall because of foot surgery, I can’t wait to be back in the garden and back in the woods. Enjoy.

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  2. kellig

    something i fervently thank my father for is his obsession with camping. i haven’t done it in four horrible years, but some of my absolute best times in all the world have been near a tent. i think since i have moved here, away from the big city, with the trees and mountains surrounding me, with that great big river winding its way through town… i feel the need so much any more. glad you are getting to experience it again.

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  3. rachturner

    I’ve only been camping once and didn’t really enjoy it that much, but I’ve been thinking of giving it another try. You’ve inspired me! Hope you had a GREAT weekend camping!

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