Posted: Oct 20, 2008 6:36 pm
I just got back from (the atheist's version) of God's Country camping. Though, I'm sure if I wasn't an atheist it would have been the same.
Every year in October we go up to our friend's house in Vilas, NC. Lots of people camp in tents on the grounds, some people stay in the house. It's the most amazing house ever. My buddy built it all with his own two hands. He's a woodworker and stonemason. Absolutely fucking unbelievable three story house nestled in the trees about a third of the way down from the top of the mountain.
This year there were about fourty people there...including all our kids who have grown up.
The fire pit is ESSENTIAL (pics later). This year we had one of the biggest fires ever. There are always lots of macho pissing contests about the fire building. Also, fire throwing...which is super fun but I don't do anymore because I'm usually so drunk by that time all the sparks fall back on my head.
Also essential (Jesse Garon you got a lot of it down) are tons of the kind bud in the woodshop (as big as my house) with the sign on it this year that said "Geezers Only" to keep the kids out, more meat than you can shake a stick at (lamb, Billy's freshly slaughtered cows sirloin roasts, turkey breasts roasted with poblano peppers, pork tenderloin, etc.), whiskey, wine, hundreds of beers, MOONSHINE from the NC mountains, drunken and nondrunken hikes, cold nights with stars enough to make this Memphis city girl drunk.
This year we started a new tradition...the after midnight moonlight hike on the loop trail. My sadistic host wouldn't let us use flashlights, and a dozen of us happily busted our drunken asses falling over logs and whatever else on the steep up and down trail lit only with tiny plastic pumpkins with fake (non burning) tiny tea candles in them.
Sorry so long, but this is the kind of camping that I can totally get into. I had a blast. The trees were really, really beautiful this year...as was the rain the first day, the fog the second day, and the clear as a bell blue skys the next day. Fourty people drinking, eating, recreating, and laughing their asses off for three days is something I look forward to every year all year.
And yes, we've had our share of people falling into the fire though, proudly, I've never done it!