Bluegrass and Camping

Blog Post created by Mandolinrain on Jul 12, 2019

Feeling very grateful today......

Twins napping so I have some time to type….They go home when they wake up and I could wait and post then, but I have a date with my garden



Have not been camping in a long while. Used to do this very often and took the horses along, running a picket line and tying up straw to keep them occupied after a long day on the trail ,as the we would go off and explore the musical variety and enjoy the sounds of many fiddles, mandos, Bass, banjos…well you get the idea. while even stopping to ‘jam along’ as many festivals promote.or kicking up our heels on flat boards to jig along to the tunes.


Anyway this trip ( last week )  was not like any bluegrass festival I have ever attended and I have attended a lot…but this one…not one sighting of a smoker or scent lingering anywhere. It was awesome.

I recall ALWAYS making it a priority to have my own supply well stocked and packed as well as waterproof matches because God forbid my lighter would not work or it would rain.


It did rain one night after we returned to camp but I slept well and it was SO NICE! I did not wake up stinky except for campfire lingering in my hair which I love the smell of.  What a great long walk around the resivour  where we camped and enjoyed the beautiful colors of all the wild flowers spring up n the banks. Soft hints of music somewhere off in a distance, muted. ( A few early morning jammers) Not once did I have an urge to smoke. 


Life is newly being admired by me in new ways as I find the smokes no longer play any part of it. I dont depend on them or need to re-arrange my plans because of the NEED to smoke. That in itself is a pleasure…a gift.


I thank all of you who have walked before me and led the way. 


It truly is a new kind of freedom and when you recognize that freedom growing in your quit, it’s s beautiful thing, and while I feel I have ‘arrived’ on the other side , I know I will always need to remain vigilant.  I truly appreciate life as a non-smoker, 


So anyway, I didn’t ‘ruff it’ this time. We slept in a camper this time, not a tent. No horses came along therefore much of the workload was lighter. I didnt have to worry if I had matches except to start a campfire and I certainly didnt need to wonder if I would run out of smokes. Life is good, who knew it could be this uncomplicated. :)


Thanks everyone, because ALL of you have played an important part of my continued smoke free life, newbies and Elders. You are all gifts. :)

Love you all~respect you all so much!