Camping in the Mountains!

Every semester, my dorm, Alexander Hall, goes on a weekend camping trip!  We take a few trips throughout the semester, and this one is one of my favorites, because it’s longer and we get to do different things like go hiking or go to Asheville (and camping in the grass is way better than camping on the sand, sand is the worst!!).  So, I was very excited about this weekend.

Every time my hall goes on one of these trips, all the international students need to find someone that can drive them to the trip(i.e. an American with a car).  It’s always very interesting to see who asks to be in my car, and the people I drive with on trips are always changing, but this time, Astri, Shivani, and Natascha asked me to drive them.  I was so happy to have a car full of such good friends, it makes the drive so much easier when you get along with everyone so well. (Linda had also asked me, but had problems with her ear at the last minute and couldn’t go on the trip 😦 )

We left on Friday a little later than the rest of the dorm, around 4pm, and the drive took ages!  I don’t know if I just drive slow, or I had to take a lot of detours, but a 4 hour drive turned into a 5 and a half hour drive (made me even more grateful I had friends in the car!).  But we finally made it to the Walmart near the campsite, and we were able to get all the essentials for the weekend including food, drinks, bug spray, and of course, toilet paper.


After our quick stop at Walmart, we headed for the campsite.  I took a wrong turn at some point, and we ended up on such a creepy road.  My plan was to turn around using someone’s driveway, but the only house we came across was SO creepy.  It looked like it was straight out of a scary movie.  So in order to preserve our safety, I let my GPS reroute me, so I didn’t have to turn around, and we ended up at the campsite eventually.

When we arrived, it was around 9:30pm, so it was very dark.  Thankfully, Natascha and I were sleeping in Kris’ car, so we didn’t have to set up a tent, and Shivani’s roommate set up her tent before we had arrived.  I helped Astri set hers up real fast, and then we were free to catch up with the others and sit around the campfire for the rest of the night.


The next day when I woke up, I could actually see the campsite which was nice.  I walked around with Natascha until people started to wake up and get ready for the day.


The last time I went on the camping trip, I went hiking, so this time I decided to go to Asheville for a change.  Asheville is a city in the mountains of North Carolina that is known for it’s good food and hippie mentality.  I had not been there since I was 14, so it was really cool to see the city over again, especially since I couldn’t remember anything from my previous visits.  There is soooooo many chocolate stores in Asheville, the temptation is too much!!

Brooke / Beatriz / Shivani / Astri / Natascha

After we walked around for a few hours and did some shopping, it was time to head home.  When we had arrived, I had parked my car in a parking deck, and I realized at the end of the trip that I had totally forgotten which parking deck I parked my car in.  After a few minutes of trying to figure things out, we started walking in the general direction of where we thought my car would be parked.  In the end, we only walked up one wrong parking deck before we found the right one, so it didn’t take as long as I thought it would, but I definitely learned my lesson about remembering where to park!!

img_4793When we got back, everyone else had also gotten back from their trips, and we started to build another campfire.  The whole night was sooooo nice, and Natascha and I ended up sitting by the fire talking to people for hours.  In the words of Natascha, it was “hygge” by the fire.

I really enjoyed that night, and the next day was smooth sailing.  My car was the first to leave, and we were able to get back to the dorm in 4 hours, and shower and do laundry before anyone else. 🙂 What a great trip!

5 Happy Things from the Trip

  1. It was soooooo nice to just talk with friends by the fire.  That was my favorite part.
  2. It made me happy that I drove a car full of friends to and from the camping trip, because the drive takes quite a few hours there and back, so who I have in the car is important!
  3. I hadn’t visited Asheville in so many years!  I couldn’t remember anything, so it was like exploring somewhere totally new.
  4. I was happy that I got to sleep in Kris’s car and not on the ground in a tent.
  5. I got to talk to some people that I don’t normally talk to which was nice.

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