How To Holiday: Earth Day

Earth Day is such a fabulous holiday - really - but it's one that I never know what day it's happening until I read about it in the news. Or, in most cases, twitter or instagram. Hey! It's okay though, because serendipitously, I took a trip just this past weekend out to the Catskills region (upstate New York) to relax and recharge my batteries with Mother Nature. Call it cabin fever - really, call it whatever you want - but I'm a big sucker for a little wooden shanty on the river with a fire pit out back.

Now, you may or may not be aware that I (proudly) went to Summer Camp for many, many years. Every year, no matter what, I knew I could get through anything (ugh, school work was SO stressful, y'all) if I could reach summertime and leave for camp. I looked forward to it all year! This, however, is a feeling that I find that only the truest of camp kids know about. My second home was a sleep-away camp in the mountains of North Carolina, perfect for rock climbing, canoeing, horseback riding, and (my favorite!) tubing. I still look forward to going back, although nowadays it's every five years for reunions.

Do you know that John Muir quote, "The mountains are calling me, and I must go"? That sentiment basically embodies my range of emotions about North Carolina, and every once in a while, I still feel that deeply-rooted urge to retreat into the woods and roast marshmallows over an open fire (aka scorch them completely, duh). So, in honor of Earth Day, as well as for summer camp kids around the nation, I wanted to share some of the pictures from this past weekend. It was truly magical, and I can't wait to go back and have more time to explore the region.

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