There have been a handful of times over the last few years when I’ve said, outloud and to other people, ‘there needs to be a summer camp for adults’. So when our friend Nation told us about Wild Yonder’s Friendship Feast and Camp Out, I was more than intrigued. One quick email to Camp Director Heather to get approval to bring the Airstream and we were going! Activities included pie making class from the folks at Scratch,
beer from Ponysaurus Brewing,
Arts and Crafts (!!!) and a whole hog BBQ from none other than my favorite rock cellist Joe Kwon, who studied BBQ with North Carolina’s own Sam Jones whose grandfather started the famous Skylight BBQ. Here’s the smoker along with chef Matthew Kelly of Durham’s Vin Rouge and Mateo restaurants. Go eat there. Also notice the Bojangles boxes of biscuits smoking along side the pig.
We met some great people over the weekend as well. In addition to Meredith, Heather and Kaitlyn of Wild Yonder (check out their bios here), we met Phil Cook, and Nick Neptune, DJ and Camp Activities Coordinator (Capture the Flag anyone?). And, as luck would have it, we traveled 45 minutes to meet a couple, Tripp and Jane, who live right down the road and who also love dogs, beer and bbq.
The event was held on a beautiful 70 acre property in Mebane, NC — about 45 minutes from us, and less than an hour from Raleigh. The property had to have been a farm at one time — there are remnants of a barn, and a fenced in field and possible pasture.
There are several cabins on the property,
a main house with a huge kitchen where we all ate dinner and breakfast, and a pavilion for bands to play.
Oh, and a tree swing.
And many, many fire pits.
Overall, the weekend was fantastic. It’s the first time we’ve really met a big group of new folks that had a lot of the same interests as us and we just loved being out in the Airstream again. Wild Yonder is just what the doctor ordered.
Oh, and did I mention the swag? I told you fanny packs were in style!