This post has been totally delayed as I've had a hectic few weeks and kept putting it off, but a few weeks ago me and my boyfriend Tom took a trip to the Lakes to celebrate our anniversary. I haven't been camping before, nor can I remember going to the Lakes (I'm sure I've been when I was little but I can't place it!) so I was pretty excited/slightly apprehensive about the experience. Excited, obviously, because it meant spending a few days away with my favourite person, soaking up the splendour of the Lakes and being at one with nature, but apprehensive about the thought of having to share bathrooms/showers with other campers and, obviously, sleeping on the floor!
I needn't have worried however. When we arrived at the campsite it was every bit as beautiful as I'd hoped and then some, and our tent was surprisingly cosy. To be fair, I can sleep anywhere so tenting wasn't as hard as I'd thought it'd be. The on-site facilities were great and there was even a little shop at hand if we needed supplies, as well as a cute little pub down the road. I loved the beauty of the place and how quiet it was at night, only hearing the sounds of the wildlife around us.
We spent our first day there taking a walk up one of the hills/mountains (I can't decide which they are really - probably hills but it definitely felt like climbing a mountain) and being really unfit and having not exercised for months, it really took it out of me. At one point I thought I was going to burst into tears and give up on the whole thing, but I persevered and I was so proud of myself once the walk was over. I think I walked around 10 miles in one day which is insane for someone like me, who since getting a car hardly walks anywhere anymore. It made me really want to get my fitness up as it's embarrassing how unfit I am!
The rest of our days were spent exploring the local town, visiting a few landmarks and even taking a trip to a wildlife park. Whilst there, I had the most incredible 'Meerkat Experience', which I will always treasure forever. It was actually a present from Tom for our anniversary and I couldn't have been happier about it. I basically got to go inside the enclosure with all the meerkats and feed and play with them for a good hour. Tom said I spent the entire time looking beyond ecstatic and that's totally how I felt. Animals are my favourite and to be in there with all the little meerkats was incredible. There were even three little baby meerkats who were so, so precious and kept climbing up on my feet. I wanted to take them home with me! I know meerkats are kind of 'cool' now thanks to the silly adverts on TV, but I've loved them for years, ever since discovering my first meerkat Timon when watching my favourite film, The Lion King. It was amazing having them climb all over me and I would do it again in a heartbeat! It actually made me think about going into something like being a park keeper but I'm not sure I could deal with the feeding side of things - being a veggie means I'm always a bit squeamish about things like meat and insects and stuff - eugh! I'd just want to play with the animals all day anyway. If you're interested in checking out the park we went to, take a peek here.
Overall I had an amazing few days in the Lake District and I am so keen to go again. I never thought I would love camping as much as I did but it totally changed my perspective on things. It was so nice to get away from computers and technology, and to just 'be'. It made me appreciate the world around me more - I know that in today's society we are always too busy tweeting, updating our statuses and taking Instagram pictures to actually stop and take a step back, and look at what is going on around us. It was really refreshing to take some time off to just enjoy the simple things and I can't wait to do it again.
Have you been to the Lake District before? What do you think about us spending too much time engulfed in technology when we could be enjoying the world around us?