Darrenkamping. Code-word for a camping weekend at Ian Darrenkamp’s cabin in Lancaster with talented photographers and in general, lovely people.
It began with a slight detour as I noticed white smoke coming from the hood of my red Accura. I was on my way to pick up three friends to car-pool with. It was the perfect plan of action, minus the smoking situation.
Thanks to my parents, I eventually switched cars and decided to keep going. I picked up the first two girls who would travel with me.
Let’s call them Kate and Marisha. Kate-a savvy photojournalism student with the innate talent to summarize any situation with humor, and Marisha-a philosophical traveling heart with tons of exciting stories to share.
Next, we stop by center city to pick up a third friend. We will call her Tina. Tina-a beauty from Georgia (the country not the state) who thrives on challenging stereotypical perceptions about life. And then there’s me. Me-well it’s a lot harder to analyze yourself but I was once told that I had a purple aura, if that means anything to anyone.
Kate, Marisha, Tina, and I head out. Let me tell you how this road trip went down. No topic was left untouched to the soundtrack of our laughter.
It turned out that the car ride was the perfect foreshadow for the entire weekend. As soon as we reached our cabin, we continued conversations about the universe, relationships, music, and of course, photography. Not to mention the amazing off-the road vehicle fast rides through out the woods, and a little bit of drinking games to top things of in the evenings.
On our last night, I witnessed an amazing sunset. We watched it from a field in the middle of the woods not too far from the cabin. On one side, dozens of shades of orange and purple highlighted fluffy clouds as the red sun descended behind a hill. Simultaneously, on the other side of the field a full moon rose and the trees beneath it appeared frosted from the moon’s light.
It was one of those moments when you realize how insignificant all of your daily problems are in the large spectrum of things. There is this whole big universe with so many possibilities in front of you. Getting away from the city once in a while and connecting with friends and nature is essential and re-energizing.
This weekend left me content. Not that I didn’t feel content before, but I am in this tricky transition of things right now-not quite settled with a career yet no longer a student. So it felt extra nice to experience some quiet time with good company.
And so ends my first mini-road trip taken during 2012.