Its been about a year since I've been on, since then I broke my leg and got back on it again to full health. Here's a recent happening though:
Last weekend some friends and me hiked up Goat Bluff Trail to see some beautiful bluffs out in Arkansas by Ponca. You can see this big bluff as its called form the river and go out and take in this wonderful view of AR's bluffs, rivers and hills. Seems more like mountains to me being from KC, but you know.
We hiked back into the forest from the bluffs right before nightfall to set up camp. There were no camp grounds since it was a state park but people had set up stone fire rings and such, so we set up next to one and hung our hammocks up (get your Instagram ready kids). We collected a bunch of firewood and burned through most of it as we capped the night with a whole bottle of Larceny whiskey and got pretty warm and comfy as we went to bed in our hammocks.
Fast forward to 3 AM and I'm freezing, its only 54 out but I had a thin blanket, a hammock with a draft and the whiskey wore off. I noticed my friend was awake too so I asked him if he wanted to rebuild the fire. Stumbling and loopy we gathered a ton of sticks, branches and other things, impressively quiet for two drunk lads I might add, and proceeded to rebuild the fire.
Finally warm, we in our blankets on each side of the fire, literally grabbed smooth rocks for a pillows and fell asleep. Woke up in my Mexican blanket next to the coals in the morning and felt the compilation of the nights events. Mainly the rock pillow. Also two hikers were staring at me funny.
Either way I've always wanted to sleep outside next to a fire but never really went through with it because there are more comfy options. There's one item off the bucket list.