Saturday, June 9, 2012

Summer Manifesto #33

#33: Spend quality time with the doxies and Aims.

Around April, I start getting a major itch to go camping. Unfortunately, that's a terrible time of year, work wise, to take off for a few days, so I had to hold out until summer comes along. We waited 4 days into summer break before we just had to pack up our dogs and head for the mountains. This trip, we originally planned to go to the Woods Canyon area up on the Mogollon Rim. When we discovered that Sharp Creek just below the rim was empty and we would have the area to ourselves, we pitched our tent there instead. There's a fire restriction for the Sitgreaves National Forest, so we stayed in a developed campground where fires are still allowed. Even though it's an established campground, we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves, just as if we were doing dispersed camping. Good deal!

I'll share with you my ingredients for an amazing camping trip.

1. Campfire (Camping just sucks without it. Not even worth going if you can't have a
    campfire. That's right. I said it.You don't realize how essential the fire is until you
    aren't allowed to have one.)

2.Homemade Salsa (We pretty much live on chips and salsa. We even eat it with
   our breakfast. And yes, we are disgusted with ourselves the entire time. Aimee
   was not a fan of this trip's particular salsa recipe.)

2. Hashbrowns (They go good with every meal. We often have them for breakfast

3. A couple of adventurous doxies (Who also protect cuddle with me at night.
    You know, for warmth. Not because I'm scared of bears or the dark or
    anything. )

4. A pitcher of sangria (Okay, the sangria was a new addition this trip, but we
    always have some kind of adult beverage. Normally whiskey.)

5. A Best Friend (I mean, when she gathers and carries all the wood, how
    can you not want to take her along!)

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