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I'm Jess Ness and currently reside in Nashville, TN. I’m here for you and for me, so we can learn to feel at home and see the magic in who we are. 

Weekend Camping in North Carolina

Weekend Camping in North Carolina

I'm blessed to be married to a man who challenges me to do outdoorsy things when the extent of what I want to do outside is lay at the beach, lay by the pool, or stroll to a coffee shop. Last weekend, Josh needed to go camping in order to shoot some pictures for Coleman and I decided to join him...with a toddler in tow. Call me brave. We decided on Balsam Mountain in North Carolina because it's only 4ish hours away from Nashville and much cooler. Sleeping outside in middle Tennssee's 90+ degree heat is absolutely miserable, so we found a location with a higher elevation and cooler evenings.

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I really enjoyed planning our meals and cooking over a campfire for the weekend. I spent time browsing Pinterest and found some awesome campfire meals that turned out really well. For breakfast we cooked eggs in a skillet and baked cinnamon rolls in orange rinds (just shove the cinnamon rolls into an emptied out orange rind, wrap in foil and throw it on the fire). Then for dinner we put salmon, zucchini, squash, asparagus, bell pepper, garlic, ghee, and thyme in foil packs and cooked those over the fire.There's something so calm and fulfilling about preparing meals outdoors.

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Unfortunately, Jonas did not sleep well the first night so we were pretty exhausted all weekend, but the hikes were still beautiful. Waterrock Knob Trail felt really long due to the fact it was straight up the entire time...an intense workout. Apparently there is an abandoned plane crash near this hike that we definitely want to check out next time. Mingo Falls was a short hike up a long flight of stairs straight to a beautiful and tall waterfall that looks straight out of Pandora.

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We don't think another camping trip is in our future until Jonas is a little older and more safety conscious. We were constantly having to keep him away from the fire and chase him down as he was wandering away from our campsite. So, it was not the definition of a relaxing weekend, but the quality time together with my family surrounded by spectacular views and weather was 100% worth it.

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All pictures by The Explorer Dad

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