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Here was our campsite marker! F8 was great! Considering the fact that we picked the site in the dark having never been there, we did a DANG good job!

Our camping adventure was amazing.  Like can’t wait to go again amazing.  We left Portland a little later than I wanted to AND turns out Lost Lake isn’t the easiest to find.  Ha!  We got to the campsite a little after dark.  Mr. Fancy Pants (and for purposes of this post we’ll refer to him as The Eagle Scout) had our game plan.  Tent pitched, fire started, dinner begins.  I was supposed to handle the tent on my own, but I ended up needing help.  The two of us got the tent up and ready in no time.  Then I set out to inflate our mattress pad things and get our sleeping bags out.

As the weather forecast said, it wasn’t raining per se, but the closer we got to the mountain the closer we got to an immense cloud of fog that seemed to be sitting at the base of the mountain.  The Eagle Scout said it best–it was like we were in the cloud.  It was the strangest combination of snow, light LIGHT rain, and mist.  It wasn’t really falling but it never seemed to settle.  It didn’t bother us much but it did mean that the ground was wet so it made The Eagle’s job of getting the fire going a little tougher. No fret though, that’s why he’s an Eagle Scout.  He had us ready in no time.

William and his headlamp getting the tent ready to be set up.
Looking like a tent!
Tent is up! Now for the rain cover!
Inside the tent! It was my job to get our beds ready!

Notice, The Eagle Scout’s new Pendleton hat!  He broke it in well this weekend!  On it’s first outing it was pretty wet from the cloud moisture and filled with wood shavings The Eagle Scout carved with his pocket knife for fire starters!  He did look mighty cute in it!

Luckily, and maybe for the first time in my adult life, I planned my wardrobe perfectly.  I wasn’t cold at all–even with the temperature being in the high 30s.  I wore my ColdGear Baselayers, jeans, thick sweater, one of The Eagle’s flannel shirts, a Windbreaker vest of The Eagle Scouts that was handed down from his dad, a big thick scarf, my Alabama hat, and my L.L. Bean boots!

Tongs. One thing we forgot. The Eagle Scout used two sticks to flip our hobo dinners over. Creative, yet didn’t work very well.
Happy camping y’all! Here we are with our headlamps!
Cooked hobo dinner! Not going to lie. REALLY REALLY good.

I must say, I was a little skeptical about the hobo dinners.  Wasn’t quite sure what to expect!  BUT it was really good!  Granted we had worked really hard to get the tent up and the fire going and we were both starving, but it was still good.  I actually prepared them while The Eagle Scout got the fire going. Here’s what I used:

  • 4 red potatoes (cut in half and then sliced)
  • 2 large carrots (chopped into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1/2 white onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 green onion (chopped)
  • 1 lb. of hamburger meat
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
I mixed all of it together in a bowl and added the seasoning.  Then we just spooned it into the foil and wrapped it up!  We ended up about halfway through putting a second layer of foil on each of them because a few got some holes in them from our make-shift tongs!
Ready to eat!
EXTRA ready to eat! Notice his dirty knees. He worked HARD! The boy earned his dinner!

After dinner, I was in charge of making the s’mores!  I didn’t get any pictures of them (surprisingly) but they were so good.  You can’t go wrong with a good s’more!  After that we had some cleaning up to do and it started getting a bit chilly so we packed away all of our food back in the car (yes there are bears out there so we left nothing in the campsite overnight) and got in the tent!  We played a few games of cards and then called it a night!  We knew we wanted to get up early to go and hike and possibly catch the sun rise so we zipped up our sleeping bags and shut our eyes.

Sadly, this was the part of the trip I was most worried about.  And even more sadly, I know myself all too well.  I was awake for several hours.  Since it was misting outside, we had the tent covered so we couldn’t see outside.  It was so dark.  In the summertime, the campground is full and there are people within shouting distance.  During the cold months, not so much.  I will admit to getting a little scared about being alone out there in the wilderness with no one around.  It kept me awake for a while. FINALLY though, I did fall asleep.  And slept quite well actually!

Since this post is getting a little lengthy, stay tuned for our camping adventure part II tomorrow!

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Pile – O – camping gear!

Well.  Today marks my first camping trip!  We packed up the camping gear last night!  I am quite confident that when you are actually camping or backpacking (aka NOT car camping like we are) you probably take WAY less stuff.  Pictured above we have:

  • Ice chest for dinner and breakfast
  • Plastic plates I insisted on buying
  • My sleeping bag and pad thingy
  • William’s sleeping bag and pad thingy
  • 2-person tent
  • 2 collapsable/foldable chairs
  • 2 head lamps
  • Not pictured above, BUT the tripod is traveling with us.  I know I’m nuts but I want to have some pictures of us around our campfire and I’m not going to go disturbing the neighbors
Mr. Fancy Pants planned our menu.  We’re having hobo dinners for dinner tonight–still not quite sure what that is.  Smores for dessert (YES!)  And Campfire Eggs for breakfast–again not quite sure what that means but all of the ingredients are familiar.
We packed extra warm clothes and layers.  Looks like we should be free and clear of rain but it’s going to be a little chilly!  (but that’s half the fun right!?)  When I called the campground to ask a few questions she told me about 8 times to dress warmly.  Yikes!  Good news is we shouldn’t have any trouble finding a good campsite!  We’ve packed cards for some entertainment and Saturday morning we’re going to try and check out some of the hiking trails that are around the campsite.  It is such a beautiful area.  I hope to snap some good photos!
Map of the main campground

Can I just say that I LOVE that it say on the map that the nearest phone is 12 miles down the road at the FIRE STATION.  I hope ours fall in to that “most” cell phones category that work in the vicinity. We’ll be letting people know when we arrive and what campsite we’re at so that if the boogie man comes to get us, someone knows where we are.  We’re leaving right after work today!!!  AHH! Can’t wait!  Secretly, and I guess not so secretly since I just posted to the entire internet, I hope we’re home in time for me to watch my Crimson Tide beat Vandy tomorrow afternoon.  Mississippi State plays at 9 a.m. our time so we’ll miss them.  Boo!

Happy Camping y’all!  Stay tuned for a full report on Monday!

Over the weekend I posted about being overwhelmed (in a good way) by all of the things I want to do and see in the next month and a half.  I must be super-de-duper overwhelmed to have forgotten this weekends upcoming festivities.  We’re going camping!

Trying out my new sleepin’ bag! Hope the bugs don’t get what part of my face is hanging out for them to nibble on!

I am really excited about this outing!  #1 I’ve never been tent camping for real.  And #2 it’s just me and the hubby together.  Bring on the cards, campfires, and ghost stories! Mr. Fancy Pants is an Eagle Scout and loves being outside.  He grew up camping with his dad and brother and scout troop. This will be our first camping experience together!  I can tell he’s pretty excited about it and I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty excited myself!  We had a tentative trip planned after we first moved here and it ended up falling through.  BUT we did snag me a sleeping bag that week.  William took this picture in the store when the sales guy made me climb in the sleeping bag on the floor to make sure it was a good fit. Makes me laugh!

Weather forecast for 10/7-10/8 on Mt. Hood

Also looks like the weather is going to hold out for us as well.  It may prove to be a little colder up on the mountain than the forecast says, but my sleeping bag is good for -25 degrees and above so I think I’m set!  Mr. Fancy Pants’s parents were nice enough to ship his bag up from Texas so he’s set and ready to go.

We’re headed to buy our tent today after work!  VERY excited about that.  Probably going to snag some “keep the bad kind of nature away” spray too.  (I’m a little afraid of bears and snakes…though I’m told there aren’t many snakes in OR).  We bought my sleeping bag at Next Adventure and I think that’s where we’ll go for our tent and supplies as well.  They have EVERYTHING and it’s very price friendly as well.  We are car camping so we’ll be able to take along a few “extra comforts” to ensure my first experience goes a-ok.

Mr. Fancy Pants trying on a new camping hat.

Last weekend we ran in the Portland Outdoor Store and Mr. Fancy Pants tried on this hat.  If I was a betting woman, I’d say it will probably come home with us this evening as well.  Who wouldn’t want to go camping with this guy?!  There has also been mention of a “hobo dinner” on Friday night.  I am told it is a bunch of veggies and meat thrown in some foil, and I am assured it’s good.  I’m a little curious about that one but that’s what’s on the menu for Friday night.

Our plan is to camp at Lost Lake.  It is first come, first serve and we won’t be leaving until after work so I’m a little nervous about getting a spot but we should be ok. Looks beautiful huh?  Can’t wait!!!

Lost Lake–Oregon