It's been four months since these photos have been taken. I had a lot of fun editing them and reminiscing back to what a crazy weekend adventure it was! Fun fact about myself: my current relationship is my longest relationship. Yup. I never really dated before and when I did, they were short-lived. A topic of discussion I'll talk about in another post. Okay, as I was saying...For my first "first anniversary," I wanted to do something different and not the typical "let's eat at an expensive restaurant and exchange expensive gifts and blah blah blah." The boy and I aren't big on dropping cash on fancy foods, anyways. However, I am lucky that he would rather spend quality time together camping in the woods. So camping we did!
I found our quaint little campsite on Hipcamp, a website that supports and hosts unique camping finds! Kind of like an Airbnb for camping. I highly recommend! We booked our campsite on a farm because the reviews were great and it was a short hike to a private beach reserve. Always a bonus in my book! The drive was killer. 3 hours up North through windy roads that give me - you guessed it! - intense motion sickness. In between the wide turns, I was able to enjoy the great views of the beautifully tall trees and adorable coastal towns.
The campground was a large spacious field that included other more private designated campsites hidden under trees. We chose one with a more open space to see the stars at night. There was a small bathroom area across the way and each campsite had it's own faucet for water and an outlet, if needed. After we set up our tent, we realized we forgot something of high importance when camping: flashlights. Silly us. We even created a list of everything we needed but must've forgotten to check off flashlights. Luckily, technology was on our side and we used the flashlight setting on our phones. Also, shout out to portable charges for keeping our phones alive!
We quickly set out on the short hike down to the beach to catch the sunset. We got a little lost and took a wrong turn, but the scenery along the way was gorgeous. There's nothing like getting lost in nature that makes you appreciate the world around you. We had the whole beach to ourselves. It was the most loveliest secluded beach ever. In front of use we had the view of the ocean with the sun slowly setting behind the cliffs and behind us was the highway bridge. We found a log to sit on and read our books we brought, but only for a little while because the sun was nearly gone and it was getting cold. Mind you, this was back in mid-November.
Although the boy and I have been dating for quite some time, I still get shy and nervous taking photos together and asking him to take photos of me. I really don't know what it is. I've become self-conscious knowing that he's watching me. But nonetheless, I managed to snap a few cute selfies of us together at the beach. Also, the lighting was too perfect! A glowing dusky sky of pink and orange.
For this trip, I had recently purchased this travel tripod for the purpose of taking timed portraits without the hassle of setting up a regular-sized tripod. It managed well in the wet sand and I got some of the cheesiest photos of the boy and I with the sunset behind us. I LOVED how they turned out. Peep the photos below!
Cooking dinner that night in the dark was not easier. Cooking dinner in the dark in the cold was not easy. Besides forgetting flashlights on our camping trip, we both didn't really know how to start a fire. The boy tried his hardest, but the kindle we had was wet from the moisture in the air, which made for a very short-lived fire. While he was trying to keep the fire going, I was cooking a delicious dinner of beans. With everything else that went wrong, I'm glad that dinner went smoothly.
The stars that night were breathtaking. We were so far away from any major city lights that the sky was illuminated with tiny little suns everywhere. I tried taking photos of the stars, but I have yet to master night photography. We ended the long day sipping on hot chocolate by the waning fire and then quickly jumped into our pajamas and cuddled together under our sleeping bag for warmth. Note: I have NEVER been that cold in my entire life! My body did not stop shivering the whole night. I thought I was going to go into shock. That's how cold it was. It also didn't help that I had to pee in the middle of the night. But, I have the sweetest boyfriend who came to pee in the dark with me.
We woke up to a beautiful blue sky in the morning. We cooked ourselves some amazing Hawaiian sausages with bell peppers and onion. And I brought along my french press because y'know ya girl gotta have some coffee in the AM. Lol. We didn't stay too long that morning because we knew the drive back down would take long. Also, it was a Sunday and we both had work the next day. But, we did manage to stop by one of the local small towns that we had passed on our way up. Such a cute little scene. We shared a small lunch at Lauren's to help fuel us for the rest of the drive back home. It was this adorably small restaurant that had colored drawings that children drew up on the walls. The boy kept the one we colored together - it's currently hanging on our fridge.
After this trip, we decided that for our next anniversary (later this year) to go camping again. But this time, we won't forget flashlights and we now know how to make fire. In addition, I definitely want to head back up North and stay in one of the local small towns. It's so cute up there! I need to explore it!
I hope everyone is reading their books for book club! I will have an update on when and how we'd meet up to discuss what literature we're reading. Can you believe it's almost the end of March? Time sure flies by when you're busy and stressed and overwhelmed in life. Ha. But seriously.