Being Present (in my own way) + Giveaway [Closed]

Giveaway is now closed.

Apparently, a lot happened this weekend. A hurricane hit Texas causing massive flooding, Game of Thrones had its season finale and Floyd Mayweather, and Conor McGregor boxed like two kittens wearing cotton balls for gloves. (I think I like my version of boxing better.) And I was completely, dare I even say blissfully, unaware. Don’t get me wrong I was devastated to hear about the news in Texas, and I’m an avid GoT fan, but it felt good to unplug from the world for a couple of days, reconnect with nature, and most importantly carve out some time for myself and my partner.

It was my first time camping at Fundy national park, and I’m already thinking about when I’m going to make a return trip. (Which is a testament to what an amazing experience it was.) We stayed at the Point Wolfe campground and spent three glorious nights exploring the park, eating s’mores (until our chocolate stash fell to the ground and died. we were devastated.) and conversing around the campfire. Now my one critique about Fundy is that it has too many activities and it left me almost no time to work on my sock. (Seriously, there are numerous hiking trails (of various difficulties and lengths), park activities and multiple beaches. I did try to work on the sock every now again, but it mostly ended up accompanying me on my many adventures.)

On our first day of exploration, we geared up to walk down to Point Wolfe Beach. However, we didn’t remember that at Fundy you have to mindful of the time, and how they relate to the tides, so our expectations were just a little too high when we left camp for our trek. We weren’t disappointed per se, (because walking on the ocean floor is always a neat experience) we were just a bit underwhelmed by the amount of water. (It did look like a barren desert land.)

Point Wolfe Beach at low tide

So we decided that it was worth it to see it in two different states and made a plan to come back later in the day. Unfortunately, we had 3 hours to kill, so we grabbed lunch, hiked the Coppermine Trail and then headed back to the beach for what we hoped was a spectacular view. (And oh boy it did not disappoint.)

Getting some knitting done at Point Wolfe Beach (at high tide).

Going to Fundy gave me something I didn’t even know I needed but was yearning for with every fibre of my being. Peace. I challenged my body as we hiked a round trip of Laverty Falls and refreshed my soul with a swim in the pool at the base of the falls. (And trust me unless it’s a hot tub I’m never ecstatic about immersing myself into a body of water in this country.)

I warmed up…eventually!

All in all, as I laid down in the truck bed looking up at the vast blanket of stars decorating the night sky (Fundy is a Dark Sky Preserve which means it restricts artificial light pollution allowing viewers to gain a spectacular view of the night sky), I felt content. Honestly, I didn’t need anything more from this trip. I went on this trip to try to get back to basics and allowed myself to do exactly that. It is rare that I make it a priority to take time for myself and live in the now but what I’ve learned, as I trip through adulthood, is that it’s important to give yourself time to focus on what YOU need to move forward. (Or like me, you can become a wood hermit for a couple of nights.)

*Giveaway:

This giveaway is my way of saying thank you to my readers (new and old) for joining me on this knitting adventure of mine and a chance to gift one lucky winner with some of my favourite things.

(2) balls of Rowan kidsilk haze, (2) balls of Rowan kid classic, (2) balls of Sugarbush crisp, (1) handcrafted wood shawl pin & (1) magnet to proudly display your love of yarn.

To Enter:

  1. **Subscribe to the blog (subscription box located on the right sidebar).
  2.  Leave a comment below about one of your favourite camping memories. (Or a memory you have of being outdoors.)

*This is not a sponsored giveaway.
**This giveaway is open to everyone.

The giveaway will close on Tuesday 12th September, 2017.

That’s all folks! Good luck to everyone who is participating 🙂

16 Comments

  1. Felicity

    I spent a week last summer on a road trip from Corpus Christi to Big Bend National Park with a couple of friends, westayed three days in a little bitty camper in the middle of the desert, and climbed the tallest peak in the park. We spent our days exploring and our nights doing henna tattoos, drinking wine, and listening to the wildlife outside. So much fun!!

  2. Danijela

    We don’t do camping now but love to take long walks in the nature.Don’t have some memories to share but remember one camping where we was just 2 people in the tent,in the dark,in the forest.It was adventure at that time and we where hitch-hiking and walking to get to that place. It was fun but now I would not never do that again and in this time.Alone at night,two people in forest,when I just think about it gave me chills.=o)Guess I was much braver back then.=o)
    Amazing giveaway,love the colors!

    1. Thank you for sharing your memory. Times have definitely changed but I’m sure that brave person is still in there. I myself have memories of being in university and camping in a field. Not sure I’d do it today though.

  3. Rhina

    When i was in high school, i attended a national camping event. I was one of the two lucky delegates that our school sent for that memorable camping days.

  4. Sasha

    My favourite camping memories are from when I was young and spent summers at my grandmother’s campground in P.E.I.. So many great memories playing outside, enjoying campfires, swimming, making crafts and watching movies inside on rainy days. Camping is The BEST!

    1. What a beautiful memory Sasha, thank you for sharing. I love that there are so many experiences you can have outside that don’t cost a thing but create the kind of memories that can last through the years 🙂

  5. Scott

    Ten years ago I took a group of new students camping in a nearby State Forest. A dozen people who barely knew each other’s names made memories to last a lifetime.
    Before we even set up camp I found a piece of nylon yarn on the ground. I tied that around my ankle and have been wearing it ever since. It reminds me of the simple joys of life.
    It also reminds me of the resilience of nylon. This string hasn’t fallen off in ten years!

    1. Welcome, Scott! Thank you for sharing your memory. It’s amazing how time in the wilderness with others can be one of the best bonding experiences. And you lucked out and found a piece yarn in the woods (I wonder if it was left by a fellow knitter). Glad to hear it became a token to remind you to enjoy the little things and that it’s lasted that long. Nylon is no joke 🙂

  6. Barb

    Well, here goes! My first camping trip was with friends of ours to Yogi Bear Campground in Woodstock NB. We had 3 young girls with us and they had a ball! I didn’t sleep hardly a wink the first night, not being used to sleeping on the ground! Then there was the trip through the woods to the washrooms and showers. Once I got used to all that, things were much more comfortable. However, first thing in the morning….maybe even before 7am…a ‘voice’ came over the loud speaker…and said…very very loud……GOOOOOOOD MORRRRRRNING YOGI BEAR CAMPERSSSSSS!!! The voice proceeded to tell of upcoming events for the day ahead and was so cheerful…it was annoying!! But..all in all over 3 days we had lots of fun and so did the girls!! 🙂

    1. Thanks for sharing Barb. I see that campground every time I make a trip to Florenceville but I’ve never actually visited it before. I too am always weirded out about walking to the bathroom through the woods (so glad I’m not alone in that regard). I don’t think I’d enjoy being woken up by a loud speaker in the morning but I’m glad to hear it didn’t detract from an amazing experience.

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