Camping & Backpacking at Hurricane Lake

January 20th, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Health | Life

Weekend camping success! So many fun photos to share so I’ll try to keep the yappity yap to a minimum.

I ended up kicking the weekend off early Friday afternoon with a trip to the beach. I’ve been struggling with back/jaw pain since my SI issue and I felt like walking around in some fresh air would help release the tension. It totally worked!

#Life. Loving it.

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Saturday morning le bf and I headed up to Blackwater to camp overnight and get some hiking in. I have a fantasy of completing a 100 mile backpack trip and we are going to start working on some practice runs with the perfect Spring weather coming up.

First, we had to swing by Walmart to grab some groceries and firewood for the weekend. There was a marching band a group of cheerleaders out front. Only in the South.
2014-01-18 11.34.53Firewood was surprisingly difficult to find but 3 stops later we had two bags from Lowes that ended up being to wet to catch fire.

Last stop was a quick run through Wendy’s. I hadn’t been in years and was skeptical that they would have anything that I could eat. I was pleasantly surprised to be proven otherwise with this bombass apple pecan salad. 2014-01-18 13.01.36We made it to camp early afternoon and I made my first of 27 trips to the bathroom. The moment your somewhere without easy access to a bathroom you have to go all the time.
2014-01-18 15.05.10That afternoon we hiked a few miles off the Wiregrass trail into some more residential areas with some questionable signage. Was this really necessary?
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This one was even better. Keep out? Tree said screw that.

2014-01-18 15.48.22We came back to the campsite in time to enjoy a chilly sunset by the water and start getting our fire ready for the evening. 2014-01-18 16.36.35We didn’t realize the wood from Lowes was wet until he got it out to set up in the fire pit. He worked on getting that going and I decided to walk around and look for some wood we could burn as I feared the two bags we grabbed wouldn’t be enough. Thankfully I ended up snagging a decent amount because what I found was the only wood that burned and we definitely needed a fire for dinner and warmth that night!

Bf made some delicious ‘hobo dinners’ (I think he called them fire bombs?) that consisted of wrapping food up in tinfoil and throwing it in the fire. Course one was various veggies, and course two was black bean morningstar burgers with potatoes and onions. Some of mine were a bit charred from the fire and it was so tasty!
2014-01-18 17.46.21That night was …. interesting. As we were turning in we heard two guys talking at the campsite across from us. Through their conversation we gathered that they had killed a deer and had brought it back to skin/chop up/do whatever gross stuff hunters do (which, btw, is against the rules of the campsite.) They had a little kid with them who couldn’t have been more than 4 who was running around asking questions like, “Daddy, can I play with his tail?” and “Daddy, are you gonna cut his head off?”
#Seriously

Sweet bf covered my ears when he heard them starting to skin it. I heard bits and pieces of it and just tried not to think about it. After I finally fell asleep we woke up at 3:30 a.m. to a pretty bad thunderstorm. His tent kept us dry so it was actually really cool to be able to hear the rain coming from a mile away, and feel the ground shake with each lightning strike!

I figured I’d wake up at the crack of dawn but ended up sleeping in until almost 7. I caught the tail end of the sunrise as I headed to the bathroom.
2014-01-19 07.16.44-1We had planned to cook up some scrambled eggs in the fire and throw in leftover veggies from last night, but our wood was soaked so I ended up having animal crackers for breakfast. So okay with that.
2014-01-19 07.25.40We hiked just over 8 miles that day. I wanted to take a specific trail into the woods a bit and turn around after 4-5 miles but we ended up turning around about 2 miles in and went to another part of the forest to a hike we had done before. The original trail was nearby a hunting area so we were hearing a lot of gunfire that made us both pretty uncomfortable. The deciding factor to head back came when we were walking through part of the trail that was surrounded by high brush on either side so we couldn’t really see anything (something the bf has said at the start he wasn’t a fan of) and we heard a very large animal running around us. We never saw it, but it was large enough to move small trees out of the way when it ran and we’re pretty confident it was a bear. Yeah …. I ain’t about that life.

After a day of hiking with minimal nourishment bf suggested something amazing and terrible – all you can eat pizza buffet at Cici’s. I hadn’t been in almost 10 years but I was down to party since I remembered their pizza being pretty epic. It lived up to all of my expectations and we both ate about 25% more food than we should have. Success!
2014-01-19 14.18.56This was my first round. I ended up going back for duplicate desserts + a slice of their apple pie pizza (which was delicious but paled in comparison to their cheesecake pizza!)

We came home and wanted to watch an episode of Twin Peaks (bf hasn’t seen the show before and we’ve almost finished the series) but we ended up going into a dual carb/exhaustion coma. It was bliss.

How was your weekend?

Anyone else been to Cici’s? Is all-you-can-eat ever a good idea?

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14 Responses

  • dotsie924 says:

    FUN weekend! Love the pics! And the signs…haha!!

    I’ve been to Cici’s…it’s always crowded..and I try not to go there. Everyyyyy once in awhile is OK. I’d say all you can eat is never a good idea. Yuck! You end up eating too much, and it’s been touched by all sorts of germy people. Ew!

    I went to a popular bar and restaurant here for a going away party, and saw another friend who came in town for the weekend. I paid $15 to park for three hours and remembered why I don’t go downtown :) it was a good weekend, though.

    • Erica House says:

      Yeah … I didn’t want to go on a rant in my post but it was a total ClusterEFF of people there. Rude, obnoxious people. I tried not to think of how many germs/people had been around the food. It’s good, but I’m okay with making it an extremely rare stop!

      Which bar did you go to?

      • dotsie924 says:

        Sounds like the CiCi’s here.

        I went to Barcadia for the first time..and I played Jenga (like, big Jenga, not table top Jenga) with strangers and had so much fun! So, the place is part bar, part restaurant, part arcade, AND has an outdoor area. Barcadia is also in other cities, too…according to a friend’s husband, it’s not quite as good as a Dave and Busters, but still an awesome place. Ha.

  • Danielle @LabelsAreForTinCans says:

    That sounds like a fun but terrifying at times camping trip! I remember camping with my Mom, sister, and family friend years ago. My friend and I were in a tent together and there was a huge thunderstorm. My Mom and sister had gotten into the car because of the rain and when they woke up they noticed a bear walking around my tent! Needless to stay we stayed in the tent and FORTUNATELY it went away!!

    • Erica House says:

      Lol – I could totally see myself sleeping in the car. Given the cold, rain, and hard floor I’m a bit surprised I didn’t! I love roughing it though – it’s half the fun :)

  • My husband LOVES CiCi’s. I haven’t been since my high school boyfriend took me there our junior year, haha. Wendy’s and Chick fil A are probably the best fast food places to go to if you can’t avoid it. I learned this during our cross country move, and they both offer pretty decent salads or wraps! Sounds like you guys had a great weekend- love the pictures. Tyler had a 4 day (the army gets a 3 or 4 day weekend every month!) and we went to the movies twice, went to a luau-themed birthday party, and just hung around the house.

    • Erica House says:

      I can almost guarantee it hasn’t changed much since you went! I love me some chick-fil-a waffle fries :)
      Sounds like you had a great weekend! There are a few movies out/coming soon that I’d love to go see.

  • Helen says:

    I’ve never been to CiCi’s before but I’ve seen commercials for them. lol. I may have to try it out!
    And, it sounds like you had a great time hiking and camping. I haven’t been camping in the woods before. It sounds fun!

  • Oh my. Your camping experience sounds adventurous. I don’t mind thunderstorms but camping in one? That would scared me. And the talk of skinning/dismembering a deer would put me over the edge. eeep.

    Last time I went camping with my family, a bear was snuffing at our tent. I slept through it. My older sister didn’t and apparently she was praying I wouldn’t wake up and freak out. ha. I did wake up to a neighboring camper screaming and the dogs barking. The bear wandered over that way.

    I have never been to CiCi’s. I think it’s only a southern mid west thing? We do have Fresh Choice and Sweet Tomatoes around here which is an all you can eat buffet as well. Sooo easy to go overboard at those places. I haven’t been to one in years….

    • Erica House says:

      Lol – I can imagine being the one terrified up and alone with a bear nearby and being unable to move petrified from fear.
      It’s probably for the best you aren’t near a Cici’s (if you like pizza anyways.) It’s really hard to pass up all-you-can-eat for $6 when it’s actually delicious food.

  • Krista says:

    What a fun weekend!!!! But OMG, I can’t imagine hearing the noises of that deer skinning. :( I’d cry for sure. I rarely go to fast food, but when I do, Wendy’s is a top pick…I’m always impressed with their salads (and their baked potatoes & chili). :)

    • Erica House says:

      I honestly had to just disassociate myself from the sounds otherwise I would have gotten worked up over it and I knew it was pointless!
      I’m excited to go back to Wendy’s sometime to try some of their other salads sans chicken.



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