I've been feeling cooped up this winter. Shortly after the new year rolled around—and thanks, in part, to a plethora of snow days—cabin fever seemed to set in early. While reminiscing about summer fun a few months back, a friend and I came up with the great idea to go camping for my birthday, which is in mid-March. Let's just say it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Well, the cold weather didn't quit just because it was my birthday. The day of the trip I was relieved to find the weather was balmy. But when we started the mile-long hike into the campsite, there ground was covered in fresh snow.
Thankfully, we arrived at the campsite to find some friends had already started a rip-roaring fire. The rest of the night was filled with a campfire potluck, plenty of laughs, and even some birthday cake. What more can you ask for?
Before we knew it, our bodies had synched up with nature. We went to bed early(ish) and awoke soon after the sun came up. After some campfire eggs and pancakes (plus plenty of instant coffee), we were off on a hike to an overlook where we could laze around in the warm sunshine.
The rest of the weekend was filled with a mix of rest and relaxation. Well, at least in between all the wood chopping, fire starting, and tidying up. There's nothing like having to start a fire to boil water for coffee and washing dishes in a cold stream to make you appreciate modern amenities. The trip certainly rekindled my love for hibernating at home—at least until next weekend.
These images were taken at the Anna Michener Cabin in Pennsylvania's Michaux State Forest.