Anywho, we finally pulled into the camping area around 6:30pm (a good six hours after we left the house... but, hey, the detours were ALL necessary when it comes to road-trippin'). The first order of business was FOOD! The hubby had requested "hobo tacos" for the first dinner, so we fired up the Coleman to cook our taco "meat" and got to smashing!
|Easy recipe - smash up Doritos (we prefer the Cool Ranch flavor, but the Nacho Cheese works too), put in a scoop of taco "meat", some |
shredded cheese, red onions, avocado, a couple spoon fulls of salsa and ENJOY!
Seeing as I woke up that morning around 4:45am so I could get in my hard interval workout and work before we left, as soon as the sun went down I was BEAT! I threw on some PJs and told the hubby if he wanted to build a fire, that was totally fine, but I would just snuggle in the van. Shortly after that I rolled over and it was morning ;)
|Morning time with the McDots|
We had picked up a new (to us) contraption to use for breakfast... a camp stove toaster. We were interested to try it out, especially for our avocado toast with Trader Joe's Everything But The Bagel seasoning that I was craving. I'm glad to report that the toaster seemed to work great for what it was and we will definitely be using it in the future.
Seeing as we were in the desert, we knew we had to get in our "activities" before it got too warm. We decided we'd go for a quick hike, then head to some boulders so the hubby could get his climb on. Technically much of the area is still in a drought, but since we got a ton of rain (in comparison to previous years) this winter there was quite a bit of green.
|Some of the amazing nature we saw along the way|
The boulders the hubby wanted to hit up were a short drive from where we were staying, so we had to pack up the site before making our way over to climb. One of the (many) nice things about the van is it is all inclusive, so really we only had to throw our camp chair and fire pit in before heading out.
|Walt thinks that Ryan's crash pad is a bed we transport around for him... We normally only let him lay|
on it while the hubby is resting so Walt never has the opportunity to get smashed.
Once the hubby was finished we made our way to a nearby turnout on the road so we could have some cell service to take care of a little business and then made our way back to camp. Since BLM camping is first come, first served, our spot from Thursday night was taken, but we were able to find another awesome area... especially since some of our friends were coming to join us for Friday night. So we set up the area and did a bit of maxin' and relaxin'. I did some reading, the hubby did some sketching and the puppy did some digging.
Our friends just purchased a "new to them" VW van and decided to join us (it happened to be their maiden voyage as well). It was a mellow time, which is just what the doctor ordered. We had a great time enjoying one another's company, tossing the football, laying in the hammocks, drinking some cocktails and eating all the vegetarian/ vegan foods.
All-in-all it was a great trip and we both think that the van will be the perfect #AdventureMobile for the near future!
|Oh yeah, and one must ALWAYS stop for a picture with a Yeti when you find one...|
You also MUST hold his pinky when taking said photo ;)
Do you enjoy camping?