Living in the concrete jungle, it can be tough sometimes to get out into nature and enjoy the great outdoors. Most public transportation only takes you so far. Getting to another major city is no problem, but to get to a campsite or a hiking trail can be a bit of a task. Luckily, with the purchase of our new car a few months ago, we now have the luxury of going and coming as we please in any direction we choose. My nature loving husband is especially appreciative, and to be honest I may or may not have used that in part of my selling pitch to convince him we needed a car (along with the fact that we now live in Brooklyn, travel an insane amount, and have a driveway to park.)
We headed to French Creek State Park in Chester County, Pennsylvania for the weekend, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather! It was warm during the day, not too cold at night, and no rain. Perfect conditions in my opinion. When we arrived at the campsite, we put together our tents and set up shop. We got a new tent (thanks in-laws!), and this was our first chance to use it. We were extremely happy with how easy it was to put up, and I was extremely happy that it stayed bug-free the whole time. 🙂
After setting up camp, our group of four set out on a three hour hike. We got a great work out while taking in the colorful views on the trails. The foliage was just so beautiful; I love being outside at this time of year. After working up an appetite, we came back to camp and cooked up a delicious meal. We sat around the campfire until way after dark telling stories and catching up with our friends.
My only gripe with the trip was that it ended too soon. What a wonderful weekend with wonderful friends.
(Last photo by Erin Pollard. All other photos my own.)
What are some of your favorite places to visit in the great outdoors? We decided we want to try a new campsite every year, so we are looking for recommendations. Let me know!