Back to Hanging Rock State Park for what will probably be our last camping of the year. Went off the beaten path this time to the Lower Cascades and Tory’s Den and Falls. Interesting to see the Den which served as a hideout for loyalist Tory’s during and after the Revolutionary War.
So what does one do when one sees a forecast for highs in the 70s in January? One grabs the Mrs and the gear and goes camping of course. Beautiful weekend at Hanging Rock State Park for the most part. We came screeching into the park just minutes before it closed Friday night and had to set up and cook mostly in the dark with a misty rain going on. It got a little chilly that night but the rest of the weekend turned out fine…except for the Packers losing of course. We caught the game on a fuzzy AM station sitting in front of the campfire.
I don’t pretend to be anything close to an outdoorsman so I had been putting it off for years. That all changed a few months ago with an ill-advised stroll through Dunham’s Sports at the mall in Burlington. We wandered into the camping section and again Mrs. R renewed her efforts to hit the outdoors. So happens a big 10×10′ Coleman tent was on sale. Well that started the ball rolling. We bought the tent and over the next few weeks, proceeded to visit just about every outdoors store in Greensboro to gather all of the necessary articles for a full weekend of camping.
It’s amazing how much stuff you need to sit outside for a weekend though I was truly amazed at how much of the small stuff could actually be picked up at a Dollar Store! We also spent a day in August driving to a couple of different campgrounds within an hour or two. After visiting Hyco Lake, Mayo Lake and Hanging Rock State Park, we decided Hanging Rock was the place to go. We set about finding a time to go and realized that Michelle had already taken the third weekend in September off from work so we went ahead and reserved our site online. No turning back now!
The weekend arrived and we stuffed (literally) all the camping gear, coolers and everything but the kitchen sink into my Kia Soul and hit the road late Friday morning.
The packaging on the tent said “Sets up in 10 minutes”. Yeah right! We had done a trial setup in Michelle’s mother’s back yard before going so we had a pretty good idea how it was supposed to go. But we’re not quite at the ten minute mark yet. It took us about a half hour to get everything up and nailed down although we must have done a pretty good job as we had no tent-related incidents thru the weekend…even with some moderate wind on Saturday night.
A cool shower later and a bit of “lemonade” while sitting around the fire and it was time for dinner…a few burgers and hot dogs with some baked beans over the fire capped a simple dinner. We cleaned up and stored everything for the night and we were beat. I think we hit the tent around 9 PM. A little discussion, a few pages of my book on my tablet and a bathroom run later and we were out for the duration.
Up with the sun in the morning and it was French toast and sausage links for breakfast. Yummy. Relaxed around the fire with some hot apple cider til late morning and then it was time to pack up and head out.
All in all, it was more fun than I thought it might be…except for the climbing the mountain part…lol. I would say it was a successful venture and am almost looking forward to giving it another shot. Maybe Stone Mountain State Park next time…who knows. But I’m an outdoorsman now. 🙂
(You can click on any of the pics in the story for bigger images or take a look at the slideshow of all the pics from the weekend below.)