Camping Throwback

 

Today I thought it would be fun to post throwback camping pictures! As I grow and change so does my blog. I used to post more about home decor, make up, and fashion, but my interests have changed to zero-waste, hiking/camping (aka outdoors), and travel. I still love lifestyle posts but my interests in "things" (fashion, makeup, home decor) has decreased significantly. I quite enjoy the minimalist lifestyle and I would like to save my money so that I can work less if I have children, want to do an epic travel adventure, and/or retire early. As I change I hope you will still follow my journey! So without further ado let's begin the camping portion of my outdoors section!

Since I changed direction the past few months I have not be able to camp. Darn that snow and winter weather! So I decided to share throwback pictures because I used to camp a lot more.

September 2007

In 2007 we went camping up Hyalite Canyon and of course being September we woke up to snow. It was a really fun night with friends who I used to work with. During high school I was a soda pop stocker meaning I went to stores and stocked the shelves with our products. It was quite the workout given that 12 and 24 packs of soda are heavy and some stores like Walmart went through pallets of products when they had a sale. My friend, Tanner, decided this night he wanted to stay up all night and watch the sunrise. All of us except Tanner fell asleep... well Tanner did too but he hiked to this ledge then ended up falling asleep there as he waiting for the sun to rise. He was so upset he missed it but we were all a little worried when we woke up and he was gone! Looking back good thing no bears found him!

Camping at Hyalite Reservoir near Bozeman, Montana in September.
Camping at Hyalite Reservoir near Bozeman, Montana in September.
Camping at Hyalite Reservoir near Bozeman, Montana in September.
Camping at Hyalite Reservoir near Bozeman, Montana in September.
Camping at Hyalite Reservoir near Bozeman, Montana in September.

September 2008

Here my ex-boyfriend and I went camping on the Madison River. My ex was between infantry school graduation and a Marine deployment so he lived with my parents and I for a few months. We went camping a lot to escape the parents ;) We fished the river and caught some fish but I ended up feeling sick after. I swore it was the fish. We had this really old tent of my parents and I think one time we went camping in the rain to discover it had a hole or two in it. Honestly you don't need much went camping. Just a tent, blankets, food, and a fire. Oh and don't forget the sunblock! Now my body is 10 years older and I prefer a blow up mattress over a solo sleeping bag.

Camping on the Madison River near Bozeman, Montana
Camping on the Madison River near Bozeman, Montana
Camping on the Madison River near Bozeman, Montana
Camping on the Madison River near Bozeman, Montana

Summer 2009

The summer of 2009 my ex was finally home from Iraq so we camped a lot. The photos here are from Fairy Lake. It's a beautiful area to camp however the boys, just getting home from a Iraq, decided they wanted to hike this mountain to watch fireworks. It was the 4th of July. So I ate s'mores and drank beer and, out of shapely, hiked a snowy mountain. PS they told me they wanted to hike after I had already ate these things. We hiked, at a super speed, and I almost told them to leave me a few times. At the top the fireworks were little dots and I was so upset because I felt like throwing up. We went back down, me ahead of them because I was upset, I fell on some snow, and spent the rest of the night on the verge of getting sick/being mad. It was pretty miserable and I should have just told them to go without me. I just looked and we hiked Sacajawea Peak. It's 4 miles with 2000 feet of elevation gain; it wasn't a small mountain on a belly full of s'mores and cheep beer.

PS I want to say this "ex" is my ex-boyfriend not husband. Apparently when you approach 30 everyone assumes ex means husband... I've never been married, except my best friend Casey (a girl!) at the Foresters Ball, which was not a real wedding.

Camping near Fairy Lake near Bozeman, Montana
Camping near Fairy Lake near Bozeman, Montana

We also upgraded our camping from the tent to the back of my ex's truck with a topper and blow up mattress. I much liked this camping better. There are a few pictures in a tent and honestly can't remember where and when or why. Another reason a blog is amazing; accurate record keeping.

Camping near Fairy Lake near Bozeman, Montana

In this photo aka selfie, yes they did exist in 2009, heck I did them as a small child, the boys are in the background. They brought their guns and the next day we went shooting. It was a blast although it was really loud and I'm not 100% sure they were shooting where they should have been.

Camping near Fairy Lake near Bozeman, Montana
Camping near Fairy Lake near Bozeman, Montana
Camping near Fairy Lake near Bozeman, Montana
Camping near Fairy Lake near Bozeman, Montana

I decided to include where I have glasses tapped together. Yes my glasses broke once and I was too lazy to get them fixed or get a new pair so I tapped them. My ex had a blast making fun of me over it. Since then I have had Lasik eye surgery and I cannot wait to camp without worrying about glasses or contacts.

Camping near Fairy Lake near Bozeman, Montana
Camping near Fairy Lake near Bozeman, Montana
Camping near Fairy Lake near Bozeman, Montana
Camping near Fairy Lake near Bozeman, Montana

Summer 2010

More pictures of my camping with my ex. We went up Hyalite Canyon this time. The boys spent way too much time cutting down trees so I took to taking a few cute pictures. This was right after I chopped all my hair off, which I do every now and then, usually after a break up. Looking back it's crazy we were able to camp given how busy things are now. A lot of people are moving to Montana which has ruined things for me. I used to love my cowboy boots and dresses so I would wear them everywhere and usually I would get cold and have to put pants on, which is why I am wearing a dress, pants, and boots below!

Camping at Hyalite Reservoir near Bozeman, Montana
Camping at Hyalite Reservoir near Bozeman, Montana
Camping at Hyalite Reservoir near Bozeman, Montana
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Camping at Hyalite Reservoir near Bozeman, Montana

Here my ex and his best friend and girlfriend at that time went camping at Ruby Reservoir. I really liked his girlfriend so while the boy's fished we went for a drive and hiked a mountain. I was again wearing cowboy boots which do not make for great hiking shoes. We both took our exes guns, hers a rifle and mine a pistol, just in case. It was a really fun trip and I can't remember fighting which my ex, which we did a lot right before we broke up. We headed back and he stopped at this little lake and canoed me around. On the way back we also visited Virginia City.

Camping at Ruby Reservoir in Southwestern Montana near Virginia City, Montana
Camping at Ruby Reservoir in Southwestern Montana near Virginia City, Montana
Camping at Ruby Reservoir in southwestern Montana near Virginia City, Montana
Camping at Ruby Reservoir in Southwestern Montana near Virginia City, Montana
Camping at Ruby Reservoir in Southwestern Montana near Virginia City, Montana
Camping at Ruby Reservoir in Southwestern Montana near Virginia City, Montana
Camping at Ruby Reservoir in Southwestern Montana near Virginia City, Montana

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