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Week In Review: How Camping Soothes The Soul

Week In Review: How Camping Soothes The Soul

It’s really fascinating. 

Just like when I returned from my weekend at the Folk Festival – where I camped and spent 24/7 outside in the fresh air – I have once again experienced the profound shift in inner thought and feeling that arises after I’ve spent time outdoors. 

Last week was the week of camping. FINALLY I got out into the woods. I’m not feeling guilty for not having gotten around to many outdoorsy things until now, because truthfully we haven’t had very nice weather that gave me many opportunities before this.  But this past week, the weather was absolutely BEAUTIFUL.

I ended up spending the night, spontaneously, at a provincial park – a favorite spot of my family’s – where my parents were doing a little RV camping. I had gone out to join them just for dinner and very soon knew I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity for some fresh air sleeping, some early morning dock time and – my favorite – outdoor coffee on a picnic table. Those walks in the morning to the communal bathrooms….. love that feeling. 

And then a mere couple days later, my friend and I took off for a quick one night canoe trip. We had been wanting to get out all summer, but we were once again shown that sometimes having next to no advanced planning and choosing to just be spontaneous and take a random 24 hours of no work by the horns and say, Let’s go!!... works far better than when you try to plan weeks in advance. 

Anyway. What I was saying was, after both these little getaways – even though short – I returned to reality literally feeling a completely turned around sense of calmness. It’s amazing.. Like before, the day following my return it was like nothing could really upset me. I was calm, I could go with the flow, I was kinder to my parents, I wanted to be around others, and the most fascinating…. I had no urges to exercise or restrict my food. Food just seemed so… normal? I wanted to eat.  I wanted to eat lots. And, although the voices are always there asking why I am feeling “so okay” about eating “so much,” they were cast aside far more quickly. 

This just goes to show how powerful nature can be. Breathing fresh air. Having no distractions. Having no internet or social media. And just taking time to unplug, relax, breathe, and take in the world around you. 

So for this week’s Week In Review – our gift from Meg – I’m checking off two huge accomplishments. Two things I had had on my “really really want to do” list for the summer: a little camping trip with my parents and a canoe trip with my friend.

Really this is just a massive ass photo bomb.  Of all my favorite things. 

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But to make it “list official,” last week I…

Got out to Rushing River Provincial Park where I celebrated my mother’s birthday dinner, read outside and started a new play, went for a paddle with my Dad, GOT IN THE WATER (twice! You may not know but me getting in the water is a pretty rare occurrence. It’s got to be hooottt to get me in there), journaled and breathed on the dock,  slept in my parents’ R-pod trailer for the first time, got some script work character work done, and woke up in the fresh air and enjoyed my absolute favorite thing with my parents – outdoor breakfast and hot coffee on a picnic table.

camping reading

camping dock

camping dock stuff

camping journal

bannock camping

Homemade bannock made on the fire. A once-a-year treat. So good. 

coffee camping

Coffee is glorious any time. But outside in the open air…. #bliss. 

script work camping

Then I packed up a canoe and set out on the lake for an overnighter with my BF, where we paddled, set up camp, made our fires, ate by flame, explored, climbed rocks, stretched, relaxed, discovered a waterfall, had an outdoor picnic, and peed in the woods. Many times. 

back of me canoe camping

camping site camping

Home away from home. Kitchen and all. 

canoe trip camping

camping oatmeal

Pre mixed oats with milk powder, trail mix and banana

Everything tastes better outside.

hot dog camping

Big weeny.

me fire camping

 I am woman. I make fire. 

me silhouette camping

me yes camping camping

YES!

yes camping camping

me waterfall camping

And woke up to what I think is the most beautiful scene out there. 

fog on lake camping

 

Back on mainland, honorable mentions go to:

Working five shifts at the job. Sigh. 

Getting in another work session on my script work

Making a raw cheesecake for a company dinner

Getting out two blog posts

Replying to comments

Going out (accomplishment in of itself) and seeing Our Lady Peace in concert! They came to Kenora… of all places. 

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back of me canoe camping

 May the wind be always at your back… May the sun shine warm upon your face…

Happy week my loves. Remember – say yes. 

How are you affected by nature? 

Do you enjoy camping? 

27 COMMENTS

  1. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 1st Aug 16

    Reading this makes me happy. I think you need way more of this in your life–you seem to be healed whenever you are out in nature. Obviously, you already know this, but is there a place like an adventure camp or something of the sort that you could seek out and spend maybe once a week at? As an intern, employee, or volunteer? I think you need it.
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    • Cora | 4th Aug 16

      You are very right. It is obvious that I do need it. I need to find more time to spend out in nature. I won’t have enough time remaining in the summer to get out much more, but I think when I move back on my own I need to seriously plan out a way to get more nature into each week. And when I have longer times off, to absolutely make some form of outdoor getaway a priority. Its not just enjoyable – it is a part of my health and healing.

  2. Sarah @ BucketListTummy | 1st Aug 16

    These photos are beautiful – I can imagine how being there rejuvenates the soul and takes you away from life’s worries. Isn’t it amazing how nature can do that? I would love to go on a camping/canoe trip – it sounds like such fun! Making food by the fire is so comfy. I love this motto – just say yes πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 4th Aug 16

      It DOES take me away from life’s worries. I am thinking this may sound relatable to your long runs? Both things are experiences that have the ability to take us away, even for a short time, to a place where everything just seems… quieter?
      I would love to take you out on a canoe trip!!

  3. Emily Swanson | 1st Aug 16

    Being outside in nature really really gets me to slow down and think. It gets me to stop and truly smell the roses and just wonder at the world around me. It always makes me happy to see that other people are getting out there and just breathing and enjoying and living. We don’t have to have social media to live, but the gift of fresh air and sunshine is something we do need. <3
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    • Cora | 4th Aug 16

      I thought of you when writing this post – I know you also love your outdoors, and it seems to be something your family cherishes. I love that you are frequently noting the wonders of what being outdoors can do for you – whether it be with your hikes or snowboarding etc. – I’m glad we share this special love.

  4. Kat | 1st Aug 16

    As someone who just recently spent some quality time in nature I can fully understand and grasp what you experienced. There really is nothing like it is there? So glad that you had a great time girlie <3
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    • Cora | 4th Aug 16

      And I’m so glad you recently had the same experience!! I hope it was wonderful and left you feeling refreshed.

  5. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 1st Aug 16

    Wow, that last outdoor picture really is breathtaking.
    I’m so glad you got to spend some time in nature, a place that obviously makes you happy, check two big ticket items off your summer list and most importantly recharge your batteries. It’s amazing what a little fresh air and a social media break can do. I’m thrilled for you.

    I love “I am woman. I make fire.”
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    • Cora | 4th Aug 16

      It really is amazing. Double the caps lock on “social media break”. So, so necessary for our health. And just plain fresh air.
      To stop and smell the flowers, ya know?

  6. Leah M | love me, feed me | 1st Aug 16

    This sounds like the most wonderful weekend!! It sounds like such an incredible time and I’m so happy you had fun <3 nature's effect on me always amazes me. whenever I feel in a rut or sad I try to get my butt into a forest because it always helps.
    I haven't been camping yet this summer and I'm having serious camping wanderlust!!! I need to goooo!
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    • Cora | 6th Aug 16

      If it does the same for you then YES you must go!! You live on the west coast, do you not? Do you have any camping areas around you that you like to go to!?

  7. Lyss | 1st Aug 16

    Sounds like an amazing weekend!! I’m so glad you had fun πŸ™‚ I love being outside and surrounded by nature. This weekend I didn’t have my phone and it was so amazing- it was such a nice cleanse from social media and I really do feel refreshed!
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    • Cora | 6th Aug 16

      Ahhhh good for you!! Its hard but SO important to do from time to time. We need to be reminded of what real life – outside of our phones and technology – is like sometimes. And being out in nature is the perfect way to give us that reminder. So glad you did this πŸ™‚

  8. Kristy from Southern In Law | 1st Aug 16

    I am with you on water. I used to loveeeee swimming but then I suddenly changed my mind and I can think of a billion other things I’d rather do that submerge myself in a body of water πŸ˜› I don’t even like baths! (though I love showers… weird)

    I am always happiest outdoors – especially if it’s warm and sunny!
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    • Cora | 6th Aug 16

      Haha. Diddo! I started taking baths a bit this year… but they’ve got to be HOT and then I get out as soon as they start to cool off.
      You definitely live in the right part of the world then for loving the outdoors πŸ™‚ I’d love to come camping near you one day.

  9. Ellie | 2nd Aug 16

    I’ve never been camping! My dad wouldn’t let us do that when we were young, and honestly I’ve never had an interest. I can’t even poop in the woods when I run…I knock on a stranger’s door! #basic
    You have piqued my interest though, if I wasn’t worried about not being able to sleep, I might have to give it a go sooner than later!

    • Cora | 5th Aug 16

      Wellllll, I say “never say never.” Although we’d have to get you started on the pooping comfort zone… that one is a bit hard to bypass.

  10. Stephanie Leduc | 2nd Aug 16

    Hoolllllyyyy crap, wow wow wow woooooow!!!!!
    This is beautiful, I love camping so much and I so agree that the walk to the bathrooms in the morning (always in my pj’s, the only place where this is acceptable) just might be the best thing ever.
    The sound of crackling fires is right up there too.
    Glad you found this sense of peace, the outdoors will definitely do that to someone.
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    • Cora | 5th Aug 16

      Gah I’m so glad someone else gets that feeling of the communal washrooms. Its just the best feeling!!! Along with fires, you are right. And waking up with the sun and sound of birds. Mmmmmm.

  11. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 2nd Aug 16

    What an amazing week this looks like! And what amazing photography. That photo of the fog over the lake in the morning is stunning, and the one of your flipflops and towel and things laid out on the dock (I assume?) is also amazing.
    I hear you–it has to be really warm for me to want to get in the water too. I’m like, “Why get in the cold water when I could be in the warm sun?”
    I’m so glad your camping trip left you feeling so refreshed and rejuvenated! I went camping for the first time this last May, and I thought it was awesome. Hope the feeling of peace and joy continues on into this next week.
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    • Cora | 5th Aug 16

      Exactly. Or “why get myself cold to then be chilled for the rest of the day?” Luckily this wasn’t the case this week. The water was so perfectly warm and refreshing and I warmed back up right away :).
      I’m so SO glad you got camping and that you enjoyed it! I want everyone to enjoy it.

  12. chasetheredgrape | 2nd Aug 16

    Oh I can just imagine how relaxing and calm all this was. I love being in the outdoors, it’s just so restoring. I loved being in the mountains of scotland – it’s so bare and untouched – you will soon know!
    Here in Aus I get that same feeling from being down at the beach. I could sit for hours watching the waves. But I am the same with you and water, it has to be super hot for me to get anywhere near it!

    • Cora | 5th Aug 16

      Ooooo you just got me very excited!! I really have no idea what the views are going to be like, and I think I like it this way. I know I will be surprised and taken away.
      I think I could get lost for hours on the beach by the ocean. The waves are so peaceful.

  13. Patricia @Sweet and Strong | 2nd Aug 16

    I think I had bad experiences camping that make me not want to do it as an adult now. BUT all your pics look amazing! And I love being outside and enjoying nature, totally agree all meals and food taste better outside πŸ˜‰
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    • Cora | 5th Aug 16

      Oh no!! This makes me sad to hear!! But at least you still get all the enjoyment out of just being outside, and know how much better food is… that’s really all that matters πŸ™‚

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