Weekend Camping on Benbrook Lake, Texas- Part 2

Hey Loves! First off, I just want to extend my gratitude to anyone reading this. It’s been a while since I posted anything on my blog and I appreciate all the continued support. The last two months have been crazy busy and as much as I told myself I wouldn’t let life get in the way of writing- lo and behold, that’s what happened. Anyways, I thought this post would be a great way to get my creative juices flowing again (and to continue what I started). So here it is, the long-awaited Part 2 of my weekend camping adventure on Benbrook Lake! (If you missed Part 1, click here). In this section, I talk about the Coyote Drive-In’s of Fort Worth, the Botanical Garden and more!

Day Three

Day three was comparatively lazy to the day before. We took our time getting ready and sleeping in the morning before venturing out to the corner store for our morning coffee. We took it easy, opting to make a cold brunch instead of struggling with the fire for the second day in a row. This day was also incredibly windy as well, so we decided to take refuge in the tent to eat and chill. We opened up the two vestibules on either end to let air in and pulled open the doorway to the view of the lake. It was a perfect, calm, camping aesthetic.

Boujee Camp Brunch; Deconstructed Philadelphia Rolls

With a lake-view. Perfect right? I would like to believe I invented this snack (even though I know I didn’t), but its just soo good. We started by slicing the cucumber and laying them real artsy-like on the plate. We also sliced an avocado and put that on the plate as well. The salmon came pre-packaged and pre-smoked so there wasn’t much we had to do to it, but we tossed it in some black pepper anyways for a little extra zest. On the avocados, we sprinkled some jalapeno salt that we had gotten at the Olive Oiler store two days before and finally we opening up the whipped, jalapeno cream cheese and constructed the open-faced, Philadelphia roll bites one cucumber slice at a time. Absolutely delicious- and keto friendly!

Philosophy

We spent the majority of the day in the tent just talking and cuddling. I think the reason I love camping so much is it really forces you to slow down and breathe. It’s so easy to get caught in the day to day monotony and just fall into step with the same daily motions, but this weekend was a reset for both of us.

Camping makes you see nature- and I mean really see it. How often do you stop and look at the grass below your feet? Or the ladybug that attached itself to your windshield? Almost never right? Well, I challenge you to stop and really look at it. See the vibrancy of the red, or just appreciate the fact that there is a whole world beneath your feet and in some way, you are a part of it. Nature offers something for everyone.

For me personally, I am a writer and I find great value in writing poetry. I look at the grass and I see small blades of green coming out of the earth. The lake through the screen of the tent is a glass mirror set into the surface of the earth for the gods above. The love at my side is a reminder that it’s just as important to take the time to notice what is there for you and what is presented to you in life, as it is to wake up in the morning. Take the time you need to breathe and to be mindful of the beauty around you.

Coyote Drive In’s

Later, after a day of reflection and meditation, we decided to bundle up all our blankets and head to the drive-ins. We saw a double feature with the new Tomb Raider movie and Jumanji and cocooned ourselves in the back of Aaron’s truck. Tomb Raider was a really good movie, and for anyone who has seen the old ones with Angelina Jolie, it seems to take place before those. It’s the sequel before she inherited her father’s wealth and family legacy. However, Jumanji did not impress me. It seemed to me that the creators focused too much on making it appeal to the younger generation and not really doing any justice to the original. Instead of a board game, Jumanji now is a video game that sucks it’s players into it and assigns them to avatars. The best way I can describe it is a mix between the OG Jumanji, Tron Legacy, and the Breakfast Club. It was entertaining, but I don’t have any intention of watching it again.

Overall though, it was a fun night out. Aaron and I had talked about going to the drive-in’s for a while now, and I was thrilled to actually be able to do it. The aesthetic of the place was beautiful too. The screen we were at was set right against the skyline of the city and was a beautiful backdrop to the night. P.S. The tickets were only 8$ each!

Day Four

This was the last day of our mini getaway and it was incredibly bittersweet. I was excited knowing that after this weekend, I only had a few weeks left before I went back to Iowa with my team for the closure of our program; and yet, I was sad about the time with my boy coming to an end until the summer. Over the months, I’d like to say I got better at dealing with a long-distance relationship, but the truth is, it gets harder every time we have to say goodbye.

Popbar

In order to cheer me up a little, Aaron brought me to an ice cream and gelato pop bar. Isn’t that just the sweetest?

First, you get to choose the flavor of popsicle you wanted. The flavors ranged anywhere from green tea to mango, to mixed berry to dulce con leche. Then, you chose the dip. You could have your pop dipped in caramel, milk or dark chocolate or a mint coating- and choose if you wanted a full dip or a half dip. AND THEN, immediately after, it gets coated in the topping of your choice.

I opted for a hazelnut pop, coated in dark chocolate and coconut shavings. Aaron got a coffee flavored pop dipped in caramel and crushed waffle cone. Turns out Aaron knows me pretty well by now- because afterward, I was a very happy Bree.

Fort Worth Botanical and Japanese Garden

And what does Bree like just as much as ice cream? Flowers. So, the next stop on the list was the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

The park can be broken into two different sections. The botanic garden is essentially a nature walk through both indigenous and introduced plants and flowers of Texas. The Japanese garden, conversely, is less school-educational, and more calm and zen. It, unfortunately, had an entry fee (the regular garden is free to walk around in), but it is absolutely a must see. The moment you step through the gate, you’re transported into a landscape that is straight out of Asia. Pagoda statues are lined along the walkway and traditional oriental plants are planted everywhere the eye can see. There are multiple water features throughout the garden that are home to an incredible amount of koi fish, and there’s even a zen garden!

This is without a doubt one of my favorite places to go in Fort Worth. I have only gotten a chance to visit twice but the amount of natural beauty in this park calms my soul and really makes me slow down to enjoy the scenery. Every time I have gone, I have noticed something different. Whether it is a new species of plant that I had neglected to notice before or a new pathway through the garden, I can’t help but get sucked into the joy of discovery.

Conclusion

Out of all the places I have traveled so far in FEMA Corps, Fort Worth is definitely one of my favorites. The work here is monotonous and not very rewarding, but the beauty of the city itself is rewarding to be around in its own way. It just amazes me how much this city has to offer. There are so many eclectic restaurants and stores to stop into, and all the lights on the buildings and the booming downtown area add the small touches that really make this city memorable. Not to mention, just a 30-minute drive out of the city, the Texas countryside shows itself and has a charm of its own. On the drive to our campground at the end of the day, we passed by family owned stables and wide open land, and views that may just inspire a poem or two in the future.

I am so blessed I got to spend the weekend with Aaron exploring such a beautiful city, and I hope you are able to visit some of these wonderful places we found. Please comment with any questions you might have and feel free to share your own stories of these places! I’d love to hear them.

-Stay Wild My Loves-

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