Hello again! It’s been a long four days and I missed you all terribly. You’ve all become my second family and I’m excited to show you pictures from my camping trip. My computer is still being wonky (I guess I shouldn’t have tried to stream Game of Thrones) so I have to write this post on my phone (the tragedy)… I’m not happy about it but what can you do? Desperate times call for desperate measures. Anyways, if there are a lot of typos or the formatting is off, that’s why.
Back to the content of the post, the recipe today is super easy and something I brought camping because it travels well. Pasta salad! There are many variations of pasta salad and this one is probably the most basic but when you’re camping, easiest is usually best. I’ll get right into to recipe and then I’ll share some camping photos with you.
1 box of pasta (I used rotini)
2 cups of vegetables (I used orange peppers and cucumber)
2 tablespoons olive oil*
2 teaspoons balsamic vinaigrette*
1 teaspoon each salt and pepper (or to taste)
*I used 2 tablespoons of this Garlic Expressions Classic Vinaigrette, which is absolutely amazing and delicious but hard to find, so a mixture of olive oil and balsamic works as well.
Cut your vegetables into bite size pieces, cook your pasta according to package directions and mix everything together.
It’s the perfect camping/pot luck food because it’s easy, delicious, uses what you have on hand and takes next to no time to make.
Now it’s time for… CAMPING!
We had such a fun time. Right off the bat, I knew it was going to be an awesome trip. We went into Canadian Tire, which is kind of like Walmart but a thousand times better, and I noticed something I hadn’t noticed before…
They had wildlife scenes everywhere with, I’m guessing real, stuffed animals. That’s a touch of class right there.
Next we drove 2 hours to get to the park and this is the sign at the entrance…
But I wasn’t really nervous.
I planned the trip for my husband for his birthday, so we had a couple friends join us. We had so much fun. It was refreshing spending some time away from technology, talking, playing board games, laughing till we almost peed (and then having to walk 10 minutes to the outhouse), having some drinks, sitting by the fire and all that fun stuff. We were at Silent Lake Provincial Park (which does sound like it could be in a horror movie) and it is so beautiful there! We will definitely go back next year.
Just a couple o’ gingers.
A very serious game of trivial pursuit.
Our friend, Ryan, the tree man.
My bestie, Elyse, and our friend, Julia.
Hanging out at the dock.
A duel to the death.
Or not 🙂
Our new friend, Chippy! I know, the name isn’t very original.
Catching up on some Game of Thrones (actually A Dance with Dragons but no one knows what the hell I’m talking about if I call it that) by the fire.
I’m so good at this, I do it with my eyes closed.
Our beautiful camp site.
Some fungus in the woods.
It was calling for rain so we tarped the heck out of our campsite. Worked out pretty awesome cause when it poured later, we had our firepit covered so we could sit outside and have a fire and the rain didn’t bother us.
More dock time.
We really loved that dock.
So there you have it. Five days of camping. It really was great and we had an amazing time but I was really happy to come home and shower, write this post and catch up with all of you. I missed you lots!