Third time is definitely the charm! Last weekend Dave and I had our third attempt at camping, and this time it was a success! The first time we tried to camping, this happened. The second time we were scheduled to go it was forecasted to rain all day, each day of the weekend, so we didn’t even bother going.
This time, the weather was beautiful!
We went to the Starved Rock campsite which is in Utica, IL only about 1 1/2 hours away—a great weekend getaway for all us Chicago city dwellers.
The campsite itself was really nice. At each site there was an electrical hook-up and barbeque. The campground also offered showers, running water, and toilets. Maybe this is “glamping” to some, but it’s about as far as I go with camping.
I’m not a “use a leaf” kind of gal, if you know what I mean.
At the campsite my
pyromaniac husband had lots of fun making the campfire, and we had fun photographing it.
There’s something really mysterious and beautiful about fire, don’t you think?
Want to know where we got the firewood? At the super cute little side-of-the-road-stand called “Jack’s.” Basically this sweet old man just sells different camping odds and ends right out of his garage and wood out of his truck. We love supporting little businesses like this!
Oh, and while Jack’s wife was making our coffee each morning, I snapped some shots of the farm land around his house.
Ok, so I got a little obsessed about photographing the wheat. But I got a new lens for my birthday and was having too.much.fun.
But back to the campsite…
We ate the usual camp fare: hotdogs, hamburgers, s’mores, etc. We also brought my tripod so we got to take some pretty cool night photos.
But wait, you’re thinking, did you just stay in the campgrounds the whole time? Of course not! We went hiking at both Starved Rock State Park and Matthiessen Park (which, by the way, is FAR superior to Starved Rock in our humble opinions).
So, without further ado, here are some of my favorite nature shots from the trip.
I took over 300 but didn’t think anyone would want to stick around for all that.
This is the reflection of water on the canyon walls
So, we finally feel that the “camping curse” has been lifted, and we’re excited to do it again!