While most people make a bee-line for the beaches on Labor Day Weekend, Kristian and I headed north with our friends Ken and Emilija for a good ol’ fashioned camping trip. We go camping together every summer, so we’ve got a great system in place — killer food, campfire tunes, chopping wood for the fire, the works! We loaded up our car Friday night and got a bright and early start Saturday morning…with bagels and coffee for the car ride, of course. What road trip is complete without bagels!? It took about 3 hours to reach Arctic China State Forest and we set up camp in one of our usual middle-of-nowhere spots. As soon as we stepped foot in the woods, we all immediately felt ourselves start to decompress and relax — nature has a way of doing that to you. I’m always a little skeptical when people say they hate camping, as it’s quite literally getting back to our roots and reacquainting ourselves with nature, something that’s severely lacking in city-dwellers’ lives.
The addition of two hammocks and a slingshot (thanks, Dad!) added some freshness to the trip, and we all took turns snoozing in the hammocks and having marksman competitions with a paper plate and the slingshot. But the best part of any camping trip is always the food! One of our traditions is making yummy pouches that we cook over the coals, which we stuffed this time with Upton’s Ground Seitan, potatoes, carrots, and lots of spices.
And no camping trip is complete without s’mores for dessert. Dandies marshmallows to the rescue. 🙂
Kristian doing his best mountain man impression with the slingshot. Fun fact: the rocky area in front of him is typically a pretty little stream, but alas it was all dried up this time. Hopefully it’s there next time, as falling asleep to the sound of a running stream is better than any sound machine on the market.
So we could all have a quiet day at home to round out the long weekend, we headed back to the city Sunday afternoon, meandering on some back roads to hit up Bellvale Creamery for some ice cream/sorbet…yet another wonderful tradition that we have with our dear friends. Would you look at that view?! Upstate New York is too darn pretty. We’ve got another camping trip planned for the end of October, and we’re already planning what delicious fall foods we’ll cook over the fire. Hint: lots of apples, pumpkin, and squash dishes. And s’mores, of course!