Clear Springs Lake, Homochitto National Forest
Sleeping Bags? Check.
Disco Ball? Check.
Oh yes, two weekends ago we got away for our annual outdoor adventure in the Clear Springs Recreational Area of Homochitto National Forest in Mississippi, a wordy description henceforth aptly and economically referred to as Club Homochitto, or C.H. for even further brevity. Hardcore campers will scoff at the idea of roughing it in the weekend party/cooking expo that has evolved over the years, but Clear Springs is a gem of a getaway only 2.5 hours away from NOLA, so those looking for some low impact wilderness should read on.
A little background to set the stage: Some years ago I found myself near the end of a lengthy email distribution list which appeared to be a casting call for idiots. Some ‘friends’ of mine were going on a little camping trip and inviting whomever was interested to join them. For me, being invited to go tent camping was a little like being invited to beat my own skull with a hammer, except more painful. Suffice it to say I was not interested. Sheree, however, felt differently. An experienced camper, she thought it sounded like fun. Even though I reminded her of our last experience roughing it, when the Ritz-Carlton in Saint Thomas ran out of coffee, she was undeterred.
So it was we found ourselves on a winter night in November, driving the final two miles down a little road to the campsite. When we got out of the car it was perhaps 38 degrees, the kind of utter dark you just don’t get in the city, and sleeting. In short, perfect conditions for pitching a tent for the first time in your life. You did catch that it was freaking sleeting, right? While the inky blackness made it nearly impossible for us to see what we were doing, it also hid the murderous looks I was shooting at my loving partner, so that at least was a plus. I feverishly attempted to google the Homochitto Hilton and realized I had no signal. Continue reading
Snowy Homochitto State Park from 2009
See ya later, civilization.
Today we make our annual pilgrimage to Clear Springs Recreation Area at Homochitto State Park in Mississippi for some ‘camping.’
For me, roughing it means no room service, so it was tough for She Said to convince me to give this a shot a few years back. True story: I was ‘asked to leave’ the cub scouts as a child because I didn’t want to learn to tie the stupid knots. I live in the city; what the hell was I ever going to tie other than shoes?
Daniel Boone I am not.
So tune in next week for word of our adventures on safari in Mississippi. But if you are in town, you should consider Sunday night’s Mixing Up Some Magic at Commander’s Palace, a four course benefit for Liberty’s Kitchen, a very worthy cause. The event is from 6:30 to 9:00, and tickets are $95, inclusive.
Enjoy the weekend!
Thank God for Lent! If you are anything like He Said and I, you’ve been on full-throttle Mardi Gras-ing (yes, I made this word up) and are feeling perhaps a little over-indulged as of late. It is entirely possible at this juncture that the husband and I have been referred as potential upcoming guests on an episode of Intervention. That said, this weekend proved the perfect opportunity for a quick jaunt to experience some of the other treasures right here in our own backyard. Thursday we packed up the car and headed to Chicot State Park, which is an annual tradition for my family where we all converge and cook, eat, plan the next meal, cook again, etc.
I grew up camping, likely because it was a cost efficient vacation for a family of six. Throw the kids in a car with an ancient army tent and call it vacation. At some point we even went high-end and got a sheer canopy to shield us from bugs as we used an equally old Coleman grill to cook our meals. However, Dad’s days of sleeping on the ground are long gone and for about 20 years now we have graduated to new age camping. Actually our version is an embarrassment to campers everywhere. As you will see below these accommodations aren’t exactly roughing it.
Interior view of Chicot State Park cabin
Interior view of kitchen at Chicot State Park cabin
Cabins at Chicot State Park