Growing up camping has always been a summer activity for the family. And its always been so much fun! But camping to me is packing up the car, hooking up the tent trailer, and heading out to our campsite. So basically the easy way to camp.
Over the 4th of July weekend Matt and I were invited to go camping with his two brothers Mike and Braden and his sister in law Emily. I was all for it. It was going to be a fun way to get to know Matt's siblings a little better. So I was getting pretty excited. But me being as naive as I am sometimes, had no idea what I was getting myself into.
As Matt explained to me that we were going to be hiking up and setting up camp, I wasn't even thinking about how we were going to be getting all our stuff up there...in tell I saw the packs! Oh my goodness, so many things were going through my head as he pulled the packs out of the closet and started packing them full of all these things we needed to bring. I just sat there on his bed in shock! I stayed very quite trying to calm myself down and think of some way I was going to get through this. I have never hiked with a big pack on my back before and I was so nervous.
So many things were going through my head at this time. Things like:
"What the crap did I just get myself into?"
"How am I going to make it through this with out making a fool of myself?"
"I'm never going to be able to keep up with everyone else."
"They are all going to think I'm this little girly girl."
These thoughts were just replaying over and over again in my head. I just tried my best to hold back my nervous tears. And then Matt looked up at me and could tell right then and there that something was wrong. He of course asks me what was wrong, and I of course say nothing. I didn't want to disappoint him. I wanted to do this for him. He was so excited and I didn't want to ruin it for him. Well he knew I was lying when I said "nothing" so he came and sat down on the bed beside me, put his arm around me, and asked one more time. So I told him...and he sweetly began to talk me through it and tell me that I was going to be great. That I had nothing to worry about. (I was still nervous)
When we got up to the trail my heart started racing as we got out of the car. Everyone got ready for the adventure by strapping up their packs and taking one more sip of water before we got started. Me on the other hand had no idea what to do...Hahaha! Matt without even thinking picked up my pack and placed it on my back and as he strapped me up he again sweetly taught me how to strap up the pack and just what to do, and then told me I was going to do great and kissed me on nose and said "You look so sexy".
Now whats going through my head at this time is:
"Wow I must look like this girly girl with my poof in my hair and my big sunglasses on."
"Everyone is probably laughing inside and just waiting to see how I'm going to do."
And then we began. I stayed in the back most of the time so that I could go at my own pace and partly so no one could watch me... The hick wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. I was very grateful that Braden and Emily stopped so many times to take pictures. I needed those breaks but as stubborn as I am I wasn't about to ask for one. We found a place to set up camp and Matt quickly got in a groove and set our tent up like a champ! And boy was he cute! He knew just what needed to be done and he did it.
After camp was set up we went and watched the sun go down and it was incredible! Everything around us was so pretty.
This adventure wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Matt was right, I had nothing to worry about. When it was all said and done I was really glad I went...even though I was so tired and sore. But I am going to have to slowly get used to it because this is apart of Matt and I want to be apart of it as well. I love Matt and everything that comes ago with him!
Matt thank you so much for being so patient with me and standing by my side through the whole thing! It meant the world to me. You handled everything perfectly. You were so comforting, and made everything easier! I love you with all my heart and I cant wait for more adventures in the future...just know now you might have to talk me through some of them. I'm the luckest girl alive! I love you Sparky!