Mr. PT and I decided to slip away from Roanoke for the weekend and drive about an hour south to Fairy Stone State Park. For the Fairy Stone legend and history, see here!
We rented a cozy little one bedroom cabin right on the lake. It was the perfect kind of camping for me because we got away from cell phones, computers, and televisions but still had a hot shower and a stove! Perfect!
Friday night, we unpacked and explored our little cabin which took all of 10 minutes. We decided to snack for dinner on cheese, fresh bread, and fruit.
Mr. PT drank a dark beer while I sipped my San Pellegrino. Wine would have been amazing but...higher calling these days.
Saturday morning, to further satisfy my hunger for pancakes these days, Mr PT made fresh blueberry pancakes with bacon...and coffee for me, of course!
Ohhh yummy. We used the rest of our organic pancake mix with buckwheat flour, extra milk, a splash of olive oil, and fresh blueberries. So good.
Saturday afternoon was chilly, but we were determined to see the park! So we bundled up and hiked 3 different trails, seeing only two other hikers in the quiet woods. It took us about three hours but it was worth it. We got a great workout and saw some beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
After our hike, I was totally worn out. Exercise with a 25 month old baby (fetus) is doable but my stamina is not what it used to be. I get what they call "round ligament pain" which basically feels like a cramp in my side. But it was fun toting baby around the woods!
For dinner, we brought some pre-made pizza dough made by our favorite local bakery and the makings for calzones! I filled Mr. PT's with tomatoes, cheese, peppers, onions, pepperoni, and basil. Mine had tomatoes, peppers, onions, mushrooms, spinach, and goat cheese.
Saturday night Mr. PT crushed me at both rummy and Bananagrams so I made him give me a 20 minute foot rub. Ha! We read for a little bit in front of the fire and then crashed.
Sunday morning, we knew we had to be out by 10am, so Mr. PT got crackin' on breakfast. Literally, with scrambled eggs, toast, and bacon.
We don't eat bacon often, but when you are camping, it is kind of essential. And if you are making bacon, you might as well cook your eggs in bacon grease. Then you really feel like you're living!
Overall, it was a fantastic weekend getaway. If you are feeling the winter doldrums getting you down, I encourage a weekend away, whether it's in a cabin or a beach-front hotel. Who cares if it's not swimming weather? Sometimes a change of scenery and foreshadowing of warmer days is all you need to get through the next snowstorm.
Combine with an outdoor exploration! Don't worry about how much cardio or reps you're getting. Get to a park and explore for a few hours. You may just e a bit sore the next day!