I’ve done a lot of hiking in the last couple of weeks – tons of hiking on our vacation to Canada (more on that on tomorrow!) and two trips to Great Falls on consecutive weekends! Last weekend, I went hiking and camping with Vivian – we were supposed to go to Shenandoah, only to find out all the campsites were full :( So we called around and found Lake Fairfax Park near Great Falls had a few spots – perfect. We drove over and set up camp in the late afternoon.
And then headed to Great Falls for a short hike. We opted to do the River Trail, which wasn’t too crowded at that time of the day.
It was a perfect hike, and the views of the falls were beautiful. So grateful to have such gorgeous scenery not too far from home. After our hike, we hurried back to camp to get the campfire going. I was certain I knew how to start a fire, since I had seen my dad do it tons of times as a kid…but after going through an entire newspaper in my efforts to get it started, I admitted defeat and asked the family next door for help. The dad was happy to help – he came over, restacked our wood, added some firestarter and tons of leaves/ cardboard, and we had a roaring fire in no time!
Vivian prepped the food and brought hot dogs, veggies and baked beans in foil packets, and smores in a cone. Nothing tastes as good as food cooked over an open flame, especially when you’re hungry after a hike.
First camping adventure was definitely a success, and we’re hoping to make it to Shenandoah in the spring!