nature. camping. friends.


I really love camping, and am sad to say we don't take advantage of where we live nearly enough. Utah has some of the most beautiful mountains, and I wish we went and explored in them more often! Thankfully since Trevor bought his Bronco, we have had more of an adventurous itch - wanting to take it out and go off-roading etc! I have been wanting to go camping for a long time now, and thankfully a couple weeks ago we got together with some friends and just decided to make it happen.

We threw it together last minute, but that is what is so fun about living so close to the mountains, you can get away with just throwing a bunch of stuff in your car and drive out somewhere all under an hour. It was nice to get away from all electronics, and just enjoy a night of good conversation, food and of course, smores :)

Our friends Stanton and Billie just got a puppy, and it was such a treat to have him around. He was the cutest thing ever and made the time even more enjoyable. 

I have shot plenty of guns in my time, but had never really done any target shooting. So when on my second attempt I nailed the target dead center with a hand gun... I wont lie, I was pretty impressed with myself. I ended up discovering a hidden talent when it comes to target shooting! I am pretty dang good!

I decided I like shooting a shot gun much more then a hand gun. I guess I am my father's daughter after all :) Being raised in San Diego I guess couldn't get all of the Alberta country out of my blood! Either that or it was totally beginners luck, something I am known for haha.


The weekend was too short, but it was fun to have spent some time in the outdoors with friends. We went home smelling like camp fire, and with an even stronger desire to get a puppy, haha. I hope to squeeze in a few more camping trips before winter arrives here in Utah... oh winter... let's not even talk about that. Fall is by far my favorite season here in Utah, ready for some yellow mountains!


43 comments

  1. It's really great to live so near the mountains (I live in Slovenia and it's so small that everything's max 2 hours drive away - the mountains, the seaside). Looks like you had a great time!

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  2. There have been so many camping posts in the blogosphere lately! I am dying to go camping, but Houston is a bit hot right now...and there are no mountains! Can't wait to get back up to Quebec to get my camp on haha. Lovely photos and so glad you had a good time!
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  3. I always think that I hate to camp, but really it's the crowded camp grounds that are no fun. This type of camping looks amazing! You can't get a better view than that!

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  4. I've been itching to go camping and these pics are making me want to even more. Maybe before the summer is over we can actually do it! Looks like a good time!

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  6. First off.
    That looks like a load of fun! I have never been camping. My brothers and oldest sister all love it. I would like to try it some time though. :-)

    Secondly, That dog is SO cute!!! <3

    Thirdly. (:D)
    I *LOVE* shooting guns. My dad grew up in Arkansas deer hunting, so all of us kids know how to shoot.
    My favorite is defiantly a shotgun. They are so much fun! I love skeet shooting. I also love a good high powered rifle. :D

    Lastly. :-)
    Utah is gorgeous! I love mountains! But I don't think that I would switch them for Missouri's variety. I am fond of my home state. :D

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  7. Cute photos! Sounds like a fun trip. I'm not much of a camper but you make it sound good!

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  8. I knew I liked you!:) Love the pics! Camping is a blast! You make it adorable also!! xoxo

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  9. These photos are so gorgeous! I wish I had friends that were a bit more adventurous :)

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  10. I love camping. We are going in a couple weeks. Utah really is the best for camping, there is nothing like being in the mountains!

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  11. beautiful photos! we just went camping this summer and it was a lot of work! but really glad we went!

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  12. I'm so jealous! I've been wanting to camp all summer, and there just never seems to be a good time to go! I'm seriously missing eating s'mores and sitting by the campfire!

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  13. oooh! Gorgeous pictures! :D that bit about target shoting cracked me up. hehe. I love shotguns. They're too much fun. xD
    That puppy is so dang cute! I adore puppies....<3
    xx

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  14. we just came back a few weeks ago from my husband's family reunion in the mountains near Provo!!! SO GORGEOUS! i kept telling all the utahians (that's a word, right?) how GREEN and TALL and EXPANSIVE their wilderness is- compared to ours here in SoCal... i wish we could go back now!

    glad you enjoyed your trip- feel free to take a few trips for us (:

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  15. My gah these shots are great.. NOW I really-really want to go camping!!!

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  16. I've been trying to get Eric to take me camping ever since we got married... over 4 years later and NOTHING! Wish we still lived up there so we could tag along, ha ha.
    That pup is so cute! I can't wait until you guys get one!
    And I'll admit, I'm so stinking excited for winter! This is the first, and maybe only year I'll be saying that :) But aren't you just a tad bit excited for December?? ;)

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  17. those pictures are so gorgeous!

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  18. So fun! I'm going desert camping next week for 6 DAYS!!! I haven't been camping for years, so I'm a little nervous. My boyfriend seems to think this will be GREAT fun. we shall see ;)

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  19. how fun!!! s'mores are probably my favourite food. ever.

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  20. Awwww so jealous. We have been wanting to get a camping trip together for quite a while just like you BUT we haven't made it happen! Looks beautiful and you are so right, UT has the best mountains. I can't wait to move there someday!

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  21. I definitely wish I got out camping more where I live. The PNW has so many amazing spots. I need to change that.

    P.S. Looks like a wonderful getaway!

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  22. My husband and I are so looking forward to taking our daughter camping once she is a bit older!

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  23. I love impromptu road trips! cute little puppies and guns certainly don't hurt either ;) great post!


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  24. I usually don't like camping but this documentary on your trip makes me wanna go this week end :) This bon fire is really cute. Hope you had a lot of fun!!

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  25. OHHH! I want to visit Utah during the Fall. I bet it is sooo beautiful!!
    I have never shot a gun before... is that how you say it? haha But you look pretty bad ass like you're a natural.

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  26. I was born and raided in Utah and a Ute Alumni. Miss this camping trips!!!!
    Great post.
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  27. I love camping.

    I hate camping.

    I love camping.

    I hate camping.

    I'm undecided.

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  28. gorgeous photos! never thought I'd say this but I love camping, sometimes getting away from it all is just what you need.

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  29. You look like a total bad ass behind that trigger! My camping trip got cancelled this summer unfortunately! Gorgeous photos!

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  30. ohh!! this looks incredible! I have a smile from ear to ear reading your post.... i just posted about a road trip my boy and I went on around Tasmania, Australia. although my partner is a keen hunter, I'm yet to have a shot of my own so it was great to hear that another lade is into the sport. Was super excited to hear that you've had plenty of experience and also took to target shooting - congrats on the perfect shot! i can imagine it would be pretty different.
    head over to my blog if you like. I've just put up some photos of our travels. unfortunately we didn't have a pup on board :) That would've made things extra special. What a gorgeous little pup, btw.
    Loved this post.
    Maria x

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  31. yay for summer campouts! Idaho has so many amazing camping areas too but we never used any of them and now we're moving haha. Love all your photos! There's nothin like a s'more by the fire in the woods :)



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  32. You're making me wanna go camping! Great photos x

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  33. Love that Bronco! That was my first car. :) I have a real soft spot for them. And I also love camping, but I feel like it's usually too hot here...unless you camp by a lake or go up to the north GA mountains. We usually go for 1-2 camping trips in October when it finally starts to cool off a little. Can't wait to go again. Looks like y'all had a great time! :)

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  34. Oh, man this blog post really makes me miss Utah and all the beautiful camping sites!

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  35. what i would do for smores right now!

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  36. Looks like you had so much fun! I live in Utah too and have only been once this year! Defintely need to go again.
    Creamy

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  37. I can't wait till the baby gets older and we can go camping again!

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  38. I love camping but I haven't been in so long. Love the pictures! Sounds like you had a good time.

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  39. I live in Wyoming and feel the same way. Have to get out and enjoy it more!

    Glad you had fun!

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  40. OMGGGG! Looks like such an amazing time! I love camping!

    PS. your friends bought the SAME dog I have!!! A German Shorthaired Pointer! BEST DOG EVERRR!!!!

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  41. There's nothing better than being in nature! So fun!

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