Woodbine Trip, Day 1 –

Day 1 actually wavered between being Friday or Saturday, but not having laundry done proved to be the deciding factor in that. We also wavered on whether this was going to be a camping trip or a combined camping/backpacking trip, but I, Ashley, have to confess that I was a little bit nervous about camping so remote since I’ve never done that before (this was only the first time that we have camped together as a couple).

So it was that Saturday morning we pulled into an extremely crowded campground. So crowded that as we drove around the only good looking site was reserved. Because of course, we didn’t think to do that. We pulled into site 3, the only other site that was open, and I was extremely disappointed because there wasn’t the room like in the other camp sites. However, once we walked around it turned out to be a good thing. It was right next to the creek, there was a little nook that our tent fit perfectly in, and it wasn’t a very crowded area of the campground. We also found out that it was one of the more popular sites and had been occupied the night before, but whoever was there froze out and left it fore us.*

Very quickly after we decided to stay and set up camp and make things official by getting our registration in place so no one would kick us out or take our spot.

A Cozy CampSetting up camp took surprisingly very little effort, seeing as Jane (our mode of transportation that is) was loaded down with supplies. I don’t have a picture of that, but we packed that car so full that we really could not have taken much more.

After that we sat around and enjoyed our space, the fact that we were up here in this amazing place. Even all of the people around us could not take away from the looming grandeur of the mountains high overhead or the peaceful gurgling of the creek beside us. It was enlivening and refreshing and aweing all that the same time.

We made a simple lunch before deciding that we needed to go do something, so we decided to hike up to Woodbine Falls, which will have to be a whole other post because it was so spectacular and amazing!

One we were back we settled back down and spent the evening relaxing while sitting around the campfire and visiting.

Mountain Flower

*Campsite #3 is a non-reservation site, however we also really liked the looks of #42, which has lots of trees, is close to the water as well as the trailhead to the waterfalls.