#4 – Do a Weekend Road Trip (#ThirtyBeforeThirty)

I wasted no time when it came to starting this challenge.


Day 1 and I was off to complete #4 of the #ThirtyBeforeThirty challenge – Do a weekend road trip.

September 22-24, 2017

September 22, 2017

I arrived at Stokes Sate Forest just around 5 P.M.  The main office was closed, which caused a little bit of anxiety as I wasn’t sure how to check-in when there was no one to check-in with.  But I powered on, and headed into the campground to find the site.  This place is pretty secluded, which being here alone at the moment doesn’t seem all that appealing. It won’t be too long that I’m alone though, and thankfully there is cell phone service here.  

The worst part about the office being closed is that I don’t have any wood for a fire.  But I’m also surrounded by woods, so that should be helpful.  I foraged for wood, made a fire, cooked dinner and sat by the fire watching Pride & Prejudice (the BBC 5 episode version) on my kindle. 

Around 8:30 P.M. (just as full darkness really set in) there was this incredibly loud earth-shattering bang.  It’s probably best I don’t have a clue what that was… My camping neighbor came to offer me extra wood, they’ve decided to leave tomorrow instead of staying another night. (There are still kind people in this world). He hasn’t seen any bears, but there have been snakes his kids have found while in the woods. AHHHH! Glad I didn’t see any when I was gathering wood. 

September 23, 2017

We’re going for a hike today.  This should be pretty fun.  We stopped at the main office to check-in, buy wood, and ask for guidance as to what the best hike up Sunrise Mountain would be. 


We stopped at a couple of overlooks to take photos on our way to the trail. 


The hike was longer than I think either of us hoped for. But it was a nice experience with great views on the top.  


Then we decided to head back up to watch the sunset, since there is a parking lot 0.1 miles from the summit. 

September 24, 2017

If I’m honest, I’m ready to go home, but at the same time I’m not.  After a hearty breakfast at a nearby diner (pancakes, eggs, bacon, toast, and more…) I decided to take a look and see how far April the Giraffe is from here.  If I remember correctly, she’s probably pretty close to my way back home; and really who cares if it’s a little out of the way.  I’m okay with blasting Whitney Houston and singing at the top of my lungs in a car by myself. 

Heading to the “zoo” added about an extra hour or so on to my trip home, but it was fun and worth it. 


If you’re wondering, April the Giraffe isn’t all shes cracked up to be, I had more fun watching the black bears than I did with April.  


Plus the parrots were pretty photogenic. 


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