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Big Sur, Big Nature

This weekend was my very first camping trip. Crazy, I know. The story goes that my mother went camping with her family frequently as a young girl and detested it (or at least, grew to detest it) so my family, in turn, ended up avoiding the dirty outdoors. But I was not afraid.

Our destination was Kirk Creek–a campground that is located in the glorious Big Sur. Matt, Angela, Trevor and I spent the weekend staying warm by the fire, baking potatoes, corn, chicken, veggies, steak and s’mores, hiking, playing multiple rounds of Uno, Boggle and Sorry and basically relaxing. I must say that for being cold, curled up in a tent and sleeping on the ground in a sleeping bag (full disclosure: I did have a self-inflating air mattress), I had an extremely relaxing weekend. Not sure if it was the air, the slowness of preparing our meals on the fire, sipping on wine and beers over campfire-side games and walking along the coastline or exploring the wild flowers and dirt paths–there was something very zen about my weekend. Amazing how a 3.5 hour drive can make you feel like you’re on the edge of the world–literally, at the edge of the Pacific–and on the cusp of complete freedom.

Surprisingly, I took few pictures of the food, despite the fact that we had a LOT of food. From buckwheat blueberry pancakes and eggs, to soy & honey marinated steak and Angela’s Mexican street corn–we definitely lived large.

Upon arriving home, smelling of campfire and meat, I enjoyed one of the best showers of my life and took off for a delicious dinner at NOPA–without a reservation, no less! A full review of NOPA is in the works. In the meantime, enjoy some beautiful pics that hopefully capture 1/8th of my amazing weekend. I can’t wait to go camping again!