31. Camping in Tennessee

Our trip last weekend was a lot more than just a camping trip. We attended a family reunion in Standing Stone State Park in Hilham, Tennessee. When we looked up the park and saw it had both cabins and tent camping facilities, we decided to “rough it” and camp out since we have a bunch of camping gear and like to put it to use.

Baby's Camping Shoes

Baby’s Camping Shoes: perhaps the greatest piece of gear hahaha

We went camping last year (early October) in Meramec State Park (click here for pictures of that adventure!), which is about an hour from our home. We loved it. Even though we camp in a tent, we have air mattresses so it’s not like sleeping on the ground and is actually quite comfortable. Camping is not for everyone, but I just love spending all of that time outside. This trip was a lot farther (about a seven hour drive) but well worth the trip. Standing Stone State Park was beautiful and very well maintained.

Standing Stone State Park

Standing Stone State Park

Standing Stone State Park Tent/RV Grounds

Standing Stone State Park Tent/RV Grounds

We spent the first night in our tent and enjoyed the drum of heavy rain against our strategically placed tarp throughout the night.

A BIG tarp is the KEY to tent camping success!

A BIG tarp is the KEY to tent camping success!

We stayed cozy and dry and all slept peacefully. We woke up and the rain stopped and we ended up packing up all of our gear and moving into one of our family member’s cabins at the park.

Our stay at this site was so short the only pictures I have are packing up!

Our stay at this site was so short the only pictures I have are packing up!

Tent site water faucet

Tent site water faucet

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Some family had more space than they needed in one of the cabins and the big reunion party was Saturday night so we took the opportunity to be closer to everyone. All of the family members were staying in the row of cabins. As civilized people do hahaha. So we packed up the gear and said goodbye to this stick-bug the “Spy” spotted at our tent site:

Walking Stick

Walking Stick

Walking Stick, walking fast!

Walking Stick, walking fast!

Bye bye!

Bye bye!

The party was wild and fun and the kids had a great time.

Dancing!

Dancing!

Woohoo!

Woohoo!

Smile!

Smile!

Good times

Good times

More dancing!

More dancing!

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Family fun!

Family fun!

We stayed up WAY too late on the cabin porch laughing until our faces hurt (while the kids slept peacefully inside). The next morning we caravanned over to my husband’s late Uncle’s vacation cabin (just a short drive away) for one more day of fun. It was a beautiful, clear day.

On the drive to the cabin

On the drive to the cabin

It was warm, but not too hot: the beginning of fall in the air. The cabin was absolutely beautiful.

The Cabin

The Cabin

Perfect Blue Sky!

Perfect Blue Sky!

So true!

So true!

The Christmas tree is full of memories and they keep it up all year! So cozy!

The Christmas tree is full of memory-ornaments and they keep it up all year! So cozy!

At the cabin

At the cabin

The “Spy” was eager to keep on “camping” (and by this point we did feel quite nomadic haha). So we pitched the tent in the front yard (sans tarp!) and enjoyed one more night soaking up the fresh air.

A perfect sunrise!

A perfect sunrise!

Good morning!

Good morning!

We woke up rested and ready for the drive home. It was a great trip. I don’t have too many “how-to’s” to share from this camping trip (other than the importance of a tarp when rain is in the forecast!) We enjoyed tons of prepared foods at the festivities and otherwise mostly ate simple/packaged snack foods (trail mix, apples, etc.) we packed. So no exciting campfire recipes to share: next time!

I did make a vegetable platter including my lemon cucumbers for the potluck!

Though I did make a vegetable platter including my tomatoes and lemon cucumbers for the potluck!

It was fun to bring along a little part of the garden with us to share with the family! It was an easy thing for me to prepare for the potluck: all I had to do was slice, season and serve! I didn’t take too many pictures and I don’t have any of myself since I was holding the camera. But everyone was snapping shots so I’m sure I’ll get to see some other pictures (i.e. of myself on the dance floor haha) at the next reunion. There were lots of photo albums being passed around and we spotted these pictures in one of the albums:

10 years ago!

10 years ago!

My husband and I: 10 years ago at a family reunion in Williamsburg, Virginia. And Maddie (our late golden retriever) was there too! What great memories: We can’t wait for the next reunion!

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