There it is! Hear it?
Oh, I guess I am the only one who hears the call of the wild voice.
It calls to me mostly in the Fall of the year.
The call I receive from my inner voice is to go out and enjoy nature and all the wonderful sunsets and sunrises.
And it calls me to go fishing or go camping or just sit out doors and eat Smores.
I think perhaps I hear that call in every season, but that is ok.
It makes me want to jump into action and get going… doing something out-door-sy.
Like go bass fishing …
or go camping…
or go bass fishing and go camping, there is certainly nothing wrong with doing both.
It runs in the family you know.
My sons all love to go fishing and camping.
In fact, oldest son just got back from Colorado… where he and grandson and daughter-in-law and anyone else who has a tent and wants to go camping in the freezing weather, just so they can watch the elk rutting season in the Rockies National Park.
He loves getting up a zero-dark-thirty as grandson uses his boy scout tricks to start a fire.
They sit by the crackling fire as it spreads it’s warmth. They sip on steaming cups of hot coffee that sends it’s vapor up and into the cool mountain air.
And no one needs to speak.
It is wonderful.
Of course I do have a confession to make.
You knew it was coming….
WHEN I go camping in the mountains, I want the majestic mountains to soar upward, as if trying to kiss the heavens. I want to be camped in a valley ringed by rugged, snow-capped mountains. I want there to be (close to my private campsite), a bubbling stream, glinting with little sparkles that resemble thousands of tiny diamonds.
And I want the warmth of my RV (OR a cabin) keeping me snug as a bug in a rug from the crisp cold air that comes after an overnight freeze.
I really do love the out-of-doors…
….but on my terms and that does not usually involve a tent.
I need electricity and running water and a warm seat,….. not an outdoor outhouse.
No, I want solid walls and heat to be my retreat, a place I can go when the going gets colder.
I will be out there camping of course. Just not in a cold damp tent.
The kids tease me and say when you want to really go camping, Ma…come out and sit in our tent.
Yeah! like that is going to happen.
I would be the one in the cabins at Pine Lodge campground as depicted on the adorable salad plates I found.
Thank you very much!
However, I will sit in my cushioned outdoor chair, (not on that bale of hay or log)….
… with a blanket wrapped tightly around me, …close to the fire…and I can still enjoy all the sights around me.
And when I get the least bit chilly, I can take my marshmallow smores and eat them in the comfort of my RV.
Which brings me to my tablescape.
I LOVE this outdoor tablescape and I had so much fun putting it all together.
I used a red and green plaid tablecloth and a centerpiece made up of a fishing creel, birch log, and a small bale of hay.
Little white lanterns are scattered about the table for additional light.
And I might be found hovering over these little lanterns warming my hands.
Just sayin’ 🙂
For the chargers, I used slices of wood and topped them with blue enamel tin plates and then I placed the neat looking salad plates on top adding to the rustic tablescape.
The salad plates are called country lodge and feature a lodge sign and a bass fishing sign.
The actual tin sign propped against the fishing creel features trout fishing tours…with a guide.
I attached a few lures to the creel and placed bobbers around the table.
My sons would NEVER use a red and white bobber, especially bass fishing…but I used them when I was a little girl to catch catfish, perch and bull heads and I had to add them to my tablescape.
I used bass fishing lures and trout fishing lures and placed a few on the old fishing creel as well as on the rope napkin rings holding the plaid napkins.
I took my old green enamel coffee pot and cups from my box of camping gear and a couple cast iron skillets for frying the fish.
The cute little sitting bear holds the salt and pepper shakers.
The ketch-up and mustard dispensers are pint sized which is easy for packing a lunch.
Autumn is an excellent time to get outside and enjoy the out of doors.
If you can’t go camping in the Rocky Mountains…roast marshmallows in your own back yard over a fire pit or grill.
You will make memories for your family and it will be fun.
Have a Blessed Day.
Ann Krucek says
Love this table! We do a lot of fishing around here, so your table hit a good nerve! I used to use the red and white bobbers when I was a little girl. I keep looking for a creel basket, but haven’t found a good one yet. Your tablecloth and napkins were a good choice to ground all your pieces, it looks cute with all the lures!
Thanks Ann…I decorated this table for my sons mostly as they are all avid fishermen. I have to admit I was the one in charge of the trolling motor when bass fishing…they tried to convince me that was an important job as they kept casting. LOL I hope you find a creel basket, I was excited to find mine. thanks for stopping by.
Sandy Park says
Kari, I had to laugh to myself. Your idea of camping is exactly mine. I use to white water canoe and “camp” on the hard, cold ground. I now also want an RV. Hiking is now my idea of being outdoors. Love your table, it is so cute and outdoorsey.
Thanks Sandy…I hear ya…and I don’t mind the kids calling me a “Wuss” !!! hahaha…I told them when they get to be my age…they most likely will not be sleeping on the cold hard ground either.
Thx for stopping by.