How I Overcame the Diva in Me (Going Camping in the Backwoods)

There’s a wonderful feeling about being in a healthy relationship–having dinner together, the fun text messages, movie nights, yada yada yada. But, I will say, there is something special about doing something completely outside of your comfort zone with someone you completely trust. For me, that was  4×4 driving and backwoods camping. Yeah, that’s right– camping.

For me outdoors activities usually involved window shopping in Georgetown, enjoying drinks on the harbor or an escapade to one of Virginia’s fine wineries, but not camping.   That is until I joined my boyfriend and friends on an adventure in George Washington National Forest (just on the border of Virginia and West Virginia) for some mountain driving and camping.

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I had never been camping. It probably had to do with the fact that my mother wasn’t a fan of it. She enjoyed the outdoors, but at the end of the day, she wanted a nice bed and shower. I inherited that gene and many others! So, when my boyfriend asked me if I’d be up for the adventure, I said “yes” because when does one get to do something like this.

I’ll admit, I was a bit nervous spending a night in a forest. The idea of sleeping with creatures and no bathroom sounded appalling. Did I also mention that it was cold?  But, those fears seemed to go away when I had  views like this:

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It was a great adventure for me and something that I can say I’ve done. Would I do it again? Yes. I don’t know if it’s something I could do on a monthly basis, but I could do it again, and next time, I’ll be sure to bring warmer clothes!

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For those of you like me who embrace your “Divaness,” once in awhile,  exchange it for a pair of sneakers and jeans and enjoy roughing it. It’s worth it!