Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hanging Rock Adventure

Last week was John's fall break and since I work the weekends, we were able to get away during the week for a spur of the moment camping trip!  Our adventure started Wednesday morning, as we headed out for a couple days of hiking and sleeping under the stars.  First stop on our road trip was the always delicious and comforting Cracker Barrel.

Yes, that is ALL just John's order.  
Already COMPLETELY decorated for the holidays!

Along the way, we rode through beautiful country side, and saw the trees beginning to change their colors.
And we also saw a lot of these little guys (or girls?) 

We finally made it to Hanging Rock State Park, which is about an hour north of Winston Salem, NC.

As soon as we picked out our perfect campsite, we began unloading all of our gear, and started assembling our new tent!

  
Pretty proud of this self-timer pic!
Our cozy abode

We then went on a short hike, and came back to start on making a fire.  It took a little while, but John finally got a roaring toasty fire built that we enjoyed for several hours.


Turkey/Cheddar Bratwursts for dinner :)

Then dessert!



The next morning, we set out bright and early for the most famous trail at the park - the Hanging Rock trail.





We made it to the top, and the view was amazing!!  It was definitely a strenuous hike, but well worth it! 






It was VERY windy, and I was holding on to John for dear life!
The famous "Hanging Rock"
After that hike, we found another trail that led us to some very pretty waterfalls. 
Pretty colorful leaves everywhere!
John actually ended up climbing to the top of the waterfall, and having a somewhat difficult time finding a way back down.....

Another waterfall and pool :)  I wished it was a bit warmer so we could go for a dip!


We packed up later that afternoon and headed back home!  It was a WONDERFUL getaway, and we enjoyed every minute of it.  Can't wait until the next camping trip!

4 comments:

Daniel said...

Great pics! John, where do you put all that food??? Those s'mores looked good enough to eat - and I'm guessing they were. Glad you enjoyed yourselves. DAD

Sist and Sist said...

Oh my gosh! John's breakfast was insane! LOVED IT! So glad y'all had fun!!!! LOVE YOU TONS!

Perkins Family said...

Don't let Andrew, Haley or Alex see the picture you took of the fall leaf. I have a ton just like it and they ALWAYS make fun of me for taking them:) Haha I'll try to direct them away from your blog so you won't be their next target.
Love keeping up with you guys on your blog. Kim Perkins

c.w.f.h.l. said...

mj and i went camping too this past weekend - well we stayed in a cabin but we were in the mountains! cute pics emily!