Gone Campin’

Fresh air. No computers. Lightning bugs. S’mores. Bonfires. The pitter-patter of rain on the tent. Mmmmm, I love camping.

This past weekend, Mike and I went to Mohican State Park with some friends for some gold old-fashioned fun in the great outdoors.

Our whole group

Our whole group

After living in Colorado for a couple of years, Mike and I didn’t have high expectations for Ohio camping. We knew we’d have a good time with the people we were with, but we didn’t know what to expect from our surroundings. We were both blown away by Mohican– it’s an enormous park, and though there’s a good deal of corny amusement attractions on the outskirts of the park, once inside there’s nothing but winding roads full of trees.

Photo of Clear Fork, click photo for link to source.

Photo of Clear Fork, click photo for link to source.

We stayed at a drive-up site right on the river on Friday night, because we got in so late and then Saturday we hiked to a back country spot which was secluded and so beautiful. Nothing but trees and a fire pit.

The great outdoors proved to be tough for Denver! He did lots of sleeping between his puppy prancing.

The great outdoors proved to be tough for Denver! He did lots of sleeping between his puppy prancing.

 There’s a ton to do in the park– mountain bike trails, river floats, fishing, canoeing, hiking, and the list goes on. Our group did a little fishing (okay, just Mike and our friend Jeremy fished…no one else wanted to get up at first light), but other than that we just ran around with our dogs, chopped wood, played cards, drank beer, talked, and built tarp covers to keep our selves dry– it rained all evening and night Saturday and into Sunday morning. Even with the persistent rain, we had an incredible time. It was a great group of people, everyone always positive and pitching in. We’re all ready to plan the next trip to discover more of Ohio’s treasures.

The only thing I regret about the weekend is that my phone died early in the trip and I didn’t bring my DLSR so I hardly took any photographs :(. I managed to capture a few images, but they hardly convey the beauty and magic of the park!

Mike running with the doggies

Mike running with the doggies

This field butted up to the trailhead we hiked to get to our back country site. It reminded us of The Sound of Music.

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Greta, Denver's new girlfriend.

Our friends Lizzie and Dylan brought their dog, Greta. She’s Denver’s new girlfriend.

Our friend Jeremy was a rafting guide in Santa Fe for a couple of summer's- he lead a knot-tying class for everyone :)

Our friend Jeremy was a rafting guide in Santa Fe for a couple of summers, so he showed off his outdoorsy skills by leading a knot-tying class for everyone 🙂

It was a great weekend. Summer just isn’t summer without some camping!

Until next time.

~Steph

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