It's been about a month since I went camping with my friends and two weeks since I said I would publish my photos. My life got a bit hectic, what else can I say? But as I look at the photos, I miss the calm of the outdoors and the quiet sound of nature. Sometimes, I forget to slow down and relax and enjoy all the little wonders that surround my life. Lately, I feel like I'm being rushed and pushed along to hurry and finish a lot of things that I know I'm not ready for. Whoa. This sounds like a topic that needs it's own post. Let's move on, shall we?
Anyways...my friends and I went camping up near Tahoe at Stampede Reservoir. We had planned to leave after work on Friday to get to our campground before nightfall, but let's just say the drive up was definitely an adventure to remember! We didn't get to the entrance until about 12:30a - yes, you read that correctly - only to get to the wrong entrance due to construction. So, we took the designated detour but ended up driving aka "off roading" on a very bumpy, dried up dirt road for nearly an hour. As horrifying as it was driving two cars in the middle of the night, in the middle of the woods, it was one of the most fun I've had in a while.
We finally got to our spot by 2a and immediately started unpacking our gear, trying quietly not to wake up the nearby campers. Before falling asleep, I was distracted by the incredible view of the stars and galaxies above. It's been awhile since I've seen so many stars like that and to share such a view with my boyfriend was magical. I almost cried from the beauty of it all. But I didn't because I was so exhausted. Lol.
The view the next morning was equally as beautiful with the morning light hitting the trees. And looking around at our campsite, I'd say we did a pretty darn good job setting up in the dark! Before popping the bottle of champagne for some early bird mimosas, my friend, Trisha, and I began decorating for our friend Ericka's (the cutie in the photo above) birthday. We hung streamers and 'Cars themed' decor on trees, as well as managed to hang the unicorn piñata without waking up anyone! After enjoying breakfast and four red solo cups of alcohol later, we all changed into our swimsuits, blew up our cute floaties, and headed down to the reservoir.
The water was freezing cold! And walking barefoot on the rocks was a bit painful, but we all had fun. I've never really done anything like this with friends before: hang by the lake, drinking and laughing. I mean, I've went camping before, but never like this. After swimming under the hot summer sun, we all pretty much knocked out after eating lunch. Some of us got badly sunburn and heat exhaustion too, so we completely stopped drinking after that. My friend, Danielle and her boo cooked an amazing and delicious dinner for all of us! I just wish it didn't take two hours to cook. Lol. We ended the night with s'mores by the fire and stargazing.
The next morning after breakfast, we packed up quickly to beat the traffic and to get to Lake Tahoe for some more water fun. Sadly though, all the parking lots were crazy packed and there were a ridiculous amount of people on the beach - every inch of sand was covered with either a blanket or tent. We ditched the lake and headed to Knee Deep Brewing in Auburn for some birthday brews and grub before traveling back down to cow town.
This trip was also the first time I actually got to use my Sony a6000! I'm still learning all the features, but I am already in love with the quality of each photo. Seriously, mirrorless cameras are the way to go!
This post is so late that I recently just got back from Lake Tahoe (again!) for my sister and her finance's combined bachelor/bachelorette weekend. Post for that to come soon! After being in the great outdoors so much this summer already, I can't wait to go adventuring once more!
Til next time lovelies! Hopefully I'll have that bachelorette weekend post up soon! x