Keep in Touch With Old Friends - Raleigh Edition

After one night in St. Louis and one in Nashville, I caught a flight back to Chicago to watch my grandparents renew their vows (after 60 years :)) before boomerang-ing back down to North Carolina.

What's in North Carolina?  My long-lost camping buddy, that's who!  The last time I saw Kari was back in April, when we reunited after 10 years to drink our way through the World Beer Fest.

This time, though, Kari wasn't the only long-lost camping buddy in North Carolina.  With two of her brothers in town as well, we actually were able to gather half of the crew:

High Point State Park Camping Trip

The seven kiddos in the picture above (I'm the one in the fluffed-out yellow shirt.  Note to self: fluffing is never okay) met because of our parents' friendship.  My dad has remained close with his best friend from high school.  His family and my family used to go on camping trips as a way to keep in touch.  After many summers together, we got to know each other pretty well.

Mill Bluff Camping Trip

Chamanoq Camping Trip

Our plan for the weekend was pretty simple.  We were to meet in Raleigh and do the exact opposite of camping....clubbing.

To illustrate how we really went from one end of the wardrobe spectrum to the other, I tossed in some PRIME throw-back pics.  Enjoy!

Tower Hill Camping Trip

From dancing with hairbrushes to dancing in heels...

Tower Hill Camping Trip

Kari and I

From swim suits to swag.

Interstate Park Camping Trip

Old friends

From realllly excited about dinner to reallllly excited about ringing in a New Year

Mellen Cabin Trip

Raleigh 2013

From keeping it real in a cave to keeping it real on the dance floor.

Tower Hill Camping Trip

Ringing in the new year

The weekend was an absolute blast--we laughed a lot, brought up some Orange-y and Pork-ey memories (a story for another time ;) ), and played a requisite game of Phase 10 (Kari and my go-to campground entertainment).

New Years Resolution....reunion camping trip 2013?

More memories in North Carolina!

More memories in North Carolina!