For a couple of weeks now I’ve been pestering Lance, asking him if we could please go camping. Truth be told, I needed some unplugged time. I spend a big chunk of my day in front of my computer designing, we watch TV, etc – I just needed sometime to re-centered myself and just be – be away from it all but closer to what matters.
This weekend we did just that. We drove into New Mexico and camped out at Elephant Butte Lake, the largest lake in NM. I loved that we were able to set up camp right next to the lake – as in the lake shore was less than 20 feet from our tent – and the shore is so massive, you can have some semblance of privacy since your nearest neighbor is really not that close by. We were supposed to stay for two nights but we ended up staying only one night because we didn’t have our usual foam pad to lay on so we were literally sleeping on the ground and that was little too rugged for us haha
My absolute favorite part of the whole experience though came at night. First we had smores (because camping without smores is just not right) and then we got to bring out the telescope. I gave Lance a telescope for his birthday and this weekend was the first time we used it and it was awesome. There is nothing quite as humbling as looking up at night. Just look up and look at the stars. We would not be here if not for stars – we are the stuff of stars. Stars had to die for us to exist. Think about that and then look up at the sky, at all those beautiful celestial bodies, millions upon millions of light years away and then think back to your problems. As horrible as they might seem, they’re really not big. Not in the universe’s scale
We should take more time out in our schedules to re-connect with nature, to be away from computers, phones, TVs. And don’t forget to just look up every once in a while.