Weekend Recap {July 21-23, 2017} Lake McConaughy

Posted July 25, 2017 in Weekend Recap, Lake McConaughy, camping, outdoor adventure, essential oils, healthy camping snacks

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I can't believe it's the end of July and the fiancé and I just went on our first camping trip of the summer! 

We spent the weekend at Lake McConaughy, the largest reservoir in Nebraska. There are about 76 miles of shoreline, and absolutely beautiful views. Lake McConaughy has white sand beaches, and you can camp right on the beach or really close to the beach. 

We met up with some friends from Colorado for our camping weekend. Because we camped near the beach and not at one of the campgrounds, our campsite was primitive...meaning no bathrooms. This is not my favorite way to camp, and was my only complaint about the trip ; )

Friday, July 21

Camping requires a lot of packing! Luckily, we keep all of our camping stuff in a big plastic container, so we just have to throw it in the car. Some of the healthy snacks I took - Pop Chips, Skinny Pop, mixed nuts, Rx Bars, homemade energy balls and antioxidant drink mix


We were second guessing our decision to camp because it was 100° on Friday. After going back and forth all day Friday, we finally decided to just go for it. 

I taught my Yoga Happy Hour class before we left, so we didn't get on the road until almost 7:30 p.m. We arrived just as the sun set, and we had to set up camp in the dark. 

Saturday, July 22


I woke up after a sleepless night. The first night camping of is always rough. Getting used to sleeping on a sleeping pad on the ground, being in a two-person tent and hearing all of the nature sounds makes it hard to sleep. 

We kept our two-person tent inside our covered awning to keep the bugs out. 


The fiancé made coffee and the breakfast burritos that we had packed. 


It was cool and rainy all morning, which was actually a nice break from the intense heat. I walked to the beach and enjoyed the views before all the people made their way to the water. 


I sat under our covered awning reading a book and relaxing.


The fiancé joined me for another walk on the beach. 


Then the group finally made their way to the beach for swimming. Because it was cloudy and cool, the water felt chilly. I floated on the water for a long time. 


After a couple of hours, we made our way back to our campsite, which was about 200 yards away from the beach, to eat lunch. The fiancé and I brought wraps made with spicy mustard, deli turkey and greens. I also had Pop Chips and cherries. It was really buggy the whole time we were there, so I was happy we had our awning. 


I never used store-bought bug spray during our camping trip. Especially since we couldn't shower, I didn't want to use regular bug spray. I only used my homemade essential oils bug spray, and it was amazing! 


I went right back to the beach after lunch because the sun had come out and it was hot. I swam by myself until the rest of the group came back to the beach. 


It was really windy in the afternoon, so the water was pretty wavy. 


The fiancé borrowed a kayak from one of our friends and took it out on the water. 


After a few more hours of swimming and hanging out on the beach, we made our way back to our campsite. I relaxed with my boxed wine, Skinny Pop and a book. This is basically what I do to relax at home ; )

The fiancé made chicken sausages over the fire for dinner. We forgot to bring our veggie packs to grill, so I had some Pop Chips on the side. 


The fiancé and I walked back to the beach to watch the sunset. It was absolutely stunning. 


This may have been one of my favorite moments of the trip. 


We sat by the fire for the rest of the night. Some of the group made s'mores. 

Sunday, July 23

 

The view when you wake up in a tent. You can see the lake if you look closely. 


While the fiancé made coffee and breakfast burritos, I started breaking camp and packing up the Subaru. 


I walked to the beach one last time before we left. It was so peaceful. 


I really wanted to sit and meditate each morning, but the sand on the beach is really wet, and I never remembered to take a towel with me in the mornings. 


Before we left, we stopped to take in the views one last time. 


When we got home, we showered and relaxed for a few hours. I was exhausted after two sleepless nights. Then we got ready and headed to Hastings to celebrate our friend Meggan's birthday. 

In addition to having burgers, chicken sausages, salads, homemade pesto with crackers and chips, we had this amazing lemon raspberry cake. I totally broke my no dairy rule for a slice of this cake. 

Our friend, Beth, is co-owner of What the Dickens?, a classic British bakery in Hastings, and they made this delicious cake. 

It was wonderful weekend. I definitely could have used a day to recover from all the fun and no sleep. I was dragging into Monday! 

Where's your favorite place to camp?

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