Thanks to my google searching skills I found a super awesome place called New River Junction. It was the perfect setting where we could go tubing and camp... all at the same place. It looked gorgeous on the website. Very lush and green, and right on the New River. Plus it was only about 2 1/2 hrs away from where we live. I made reservations and off BF, Gav and I went super early on Saturday morning.....
Until we got there and found out they had an AWFUL storm the night before. Not only did they have no electricity, but they said 50 trees fell down in 10 minutes. The storm came out of nowhere. The photo below is of the camp site next to ours, there's a crushed tent under there. As well as Apples to Apples cards, and a 1/2 eaten dinner! Apparently the storm came through with no warning at all. People had to run for their lives. Scary stuff!
But it was fine by the time we got there. Just trees down. And our site that we thought would have electric didn't. But whatever, we were camping. They had port-a-jons brought in because the water didn't work. We didn't really need electric (and yes, I went a good 36+ hrs with no cell phone, internet, anything. It was roughing it for sure)!
This is our power line that would have let me charge my cell phone. I even had my charged ipad and wifi card... but this place was so remote I couldn't get internet anywhere. I had BF and Gav, so I was fine. If I hadn't had them both with me I would have been worried for sure.
The people at the campground were super nice. They gave us some stuff to help start our fire. We had brought supplies for s'mores and I had food for Gav for dinner. Just BF and I couldn't use the electric skillet to cook our own fancy dinner. Oh well, s'mores is a super delicious dinner.
Gav said, "I don't like s'mores, I only like roasting marshmallows." So that's another s'more I had for dinner. I think I had 4 total. Yikes! Lol.
Tubing was a lot of fun, but even though we put on tons of sunscreen, we all still got sunburnt :( Check out my cool river-shoe tan lines. Oh and the river destroyed my pedicure. I promise all 10 toes were painted that morning. It's all good, I did it myself so I'll fix it :)
I'd been tubing in the mountains before, but tubing at this place was for real! I'd heard stories of people taking coolers and going down the river. I hadn't seen that in real life until Saturday. It was kind of awesome! I mean, if you are into drinking beer and floating down the river. Not really good to do if you have a kid, but I would have loved that when I was in college. I wish I could have taken my camera in the tube, but it would have gotten destroyed. My skin got torn up (other than the sunburn) because there were rapids and I always somehow managed to scrape my legs, back, or hit my hip on every single rock. So here are some photos from the New River Junction website of people who aren't us in the river:
BF and I had Gav's tiny tube attached to either BF's or my tube. This worked out well until I flipped over much like this photo. Gav only flipped out once, but don't worry, he had on his lifejacket and was totally fine.
I didn't sleep super well, I got really cold and the air mattress deflated (we blew it up with my car charger). Oh, and I forgot to pack pillows. I know, I'm not a boss at camping. Oh well.
We woke up Sunday morning and hit the road by 10am. No chance of taking a shower or making the breakfast we brought. We got home around noon and I was really happy to take a shower and take a nap :)