A few weeks ago JPC and I packed up the car, the dogs, and our backpacks to brave the wilderness for 3 full days in Southern Ohio, specifically, Hocking Hills.
Would you believe me if I told you this adventure was my idea? IT WAS! JPC is a seasoned camper and I have never slept in a tent, albeit in someone’s backyard for a night. I realized just how much fun I have when we’re out hiking with the dogs and thought – how great would it be if we did this and only this for a few days!?! Well, I was right AND very wrong.
Before we left someone mentioned to be that I better prepare to be damp for a few days. Damp would be an understatement. It rained most of the weekend and a water bottle spilled in my backpack soaking all my clothes before we even arrived.
I shed a few tears in the car in the parking lot, before saying goodbye to civilization and then proceeded to buck up. I was a pretty great sport if I may say so myself!
Overall, camping offers some amazing treats that just aren’t the same at home- like camp food. I couldn’t wait to wienie roast, make s’mores and drink bourbon right from the flask. Basically, our stocked cooler is what kept me sane for most of the trip. It make look a little gnarly in the photo above, but those open fire-roasted pigs in a blanket were PHENOMENAL.
Also, phenom? The chorizo egg breakfast JPC whipped up. We ate alot of encased meats while camping – another perk!
Honestly, JPC babied me the entire time and took the most perfect care of me, out in the rain, with wild animals (??!!) lurking near by. I could have never done it without him.
Hocking Hills also offers some amazing waterfalls, the photos were my motivation for the whole trip. Honestly, it was breathtakingly beautiful and worth a thousand pairs of slightly wet socks.
I could gush on and on about beauty in nature and the amazing release from my cell phone (no cell service here!) but I’ll let the photos do the talking. Truly, if you can get away for a few days to this magical place – do it!
Last and final perk? Camping for 3 days tuckered out my two extremely active Dobermans for DAYS. They slept and slept and slept some more!
After all that would I do it again? ABSOLUTELY! Would I do it in a tent? HELL NO.
Look guys, I’m human – I understand my limitations. Sleeping on the ground when I can perfectly afford a cabin is just something I can’t reconcile with. Sleeping in a tent with two dirty dogs and a dirty boyfriend when we could have enjoyed indoor plumbing? It’s just not going to happen again. That being said I’m glad I did it. I know I can rough it and I really know I just don’t want to.
I know I’ll be back to Hocking Hills, but next time I’ll have a roof over my head. Hocking Hills is an Ohio State Park and is a 3 hour drive from Cleveland and a 6 hour drive from Chicago. If you’ve been I’d love to hear about it in the comments, if you go – be sure to let me know!