Mad Like Alyce

“Glamping” in the Palisades

This summer, I made a goal that I wanted to try to get back to nature… at least a little bit. I used to go camping with my family all the time when I was little, and I’m no stranger to roughing it in a tent. I even lived out of a tent for two weeks while working at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally when I was 20. Tenting, however, doesn’t agree with my back anymore, I decided to take the comfort factor up a notch and found a cabin out at Palisades State Park, 20 miles from Sioux Falls near Garretson, SD.

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I have to say, I was SO FREAKING IMPRESSED! The cabins book out about 2 months in advance, so it was a while between booking and my stay, but it was only $40 so I wasn’t too concerned booking that far in advance. I intentionally booked while Damir’s dad was going to be staying with us to have a new activity, but Damir initially shot that down, claiming that “Im not taking my 70 year old dad out into the woods.” So I instead planned to make it a girls night out with a new friend, and we immediately latched onto the “glamping” idea.

The Cabin

We weren’t sure what to expect, but as soon as we drove up to the cabin we were blown away… a feeling which carried through the rest of the trip.

glamping1I mean, look at this adorable cabin!!! It came complete with a bunk beds for 4, a little bench table inside, and two adirondack chairs, and a picnic table. Plus, electricity and air conditioning. Glaming indeed!

glamping2We were tucked back off the main road, and even the fire pit area (just to the right of the path) was nice and secluded.

glamping4The cabin deck was incredibly private from the rest of the campground, tucked discreetly into the woods. It was so gorgeous, and we had a perfect August afternoon, not too hot with a pleasant breeze that kept the mosquitoes at bay.

glamping3So, glamping, according to Pintrest, is a whole different ballgame to what we did, but I think we gave it a good first go! With wine, cheese, s’mores, and more munchies than we had any hope of eating, we unpacked our spread and basked in the late afternoon sun. It was glorious!

The Fire

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So, we immediately broke rule #1 for camping, which is: Don’t wait until near dark to start the fire… especially if you have never started a campfire before!!! I had firewood, a butane lighter, and starter fluid. I forgot about the whole concept of tinder and kindling… whoops. After a few failed attempts, we used our phone flashlights (2nd rule of camping: bring a flashlight!!!) and found the remains of a previous fire off to the side of the fire area and scavenged some charred chunks of wood for kindling, and used napkins as tinder.

We piled the firewood into a teepee shape in hopes that the hollywood fires wouldn’t lead us wrong, and finally got our fire going! Call it some primal holdover from the neanderthal ages, but starting and keeping that fire alive gave us an incredible feeling of accomplishment! We basked in the glow of the fire drinking wine late into the night.

Always… Coffee

glamping5The next morning was just as gorgeous, and we managed to start the fire on the first try.. WOOT! I really wanted to enjoy a cup of coffee with the quiet morning light filtering through the trees. While I wasn’t about to start trying my campfire cooking skills just yet, we successfully boiled a pot of water for some instant coffee. I can cook up a storm, but get me on an open flame and I’m proud of marshmallows and boiled water (insert laugh emoji here).

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While we didn’t leave much time for exploring the trails around the creek and rock formations, we will certainly be coming back to give true “glamping” a try!

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • Today was a lesson in moderation. I have too much on my plate, and sometime you just have to accept that it is ok to accept defeat and just relax. This burned hand makeup was inspired as half of a poem(see previous post). Since the inspiration required two hands, I actually did all on this with my non-dominant hand! Gelatin for the burn scars, and my Ben Nye  bruise wheel for color.
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with hands closed
and hands open
both are accompanied
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by @andrewcoonswriting 
This was truly an example of art inspiring art. If you haven't read @andrewcoonswriting poetry, you need to follow him asap! Having both suffered heartbreak and chronic pain myself, this poem spoke to my heart, and I knew I wanted to use it for my next makeup look. 
The two types of pain display an open hand of stone, and a curled hand of burns. A love present but immovable, and love that burns hot and fast, leaving us scarred for life. 
Check out more of his work and keep an eye out for his new book of poetry, "Living with it," coming out in September!
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  • Bloody knuckles! Today calls for a quick makeup and an early bedtime, as my sciatic nerve pain is approaching 11... I wanted a wound down to the bone, so I built up the torn skin with gelatin and rimmed the inside of the wound with black, leaving bare skin in the middle to take the appearance of bone when the look is done. I toned the gelatin with red water activated paint, and filled in with a rust and stippled purple to simulate the start of bruises. Finally, I coated it all down in blood. Not bad for a quick and dirty makeup!
  • "EAT SLUGS MALFOY!" Not a fun spell, and not one to attempt with a faulty wand. This "bonus" Chamber of Secrets was born literally from the thought that my ice cube tray looked like slugs! I had to pair my vom with some extra eye bags from a day of puking slugs. "Better out than in."
  • As promised... part two for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Basilisk after being blinded by Fawkes the Phoenix. This was a faster approach but I still think it turned out quite nice. The edges of the punctured eyes was made with glycerin, and I tried out my new Ben Nye scan blood! A great way to take a typical snake makeup to a different level.
  • Back to my Harry Potter series... nothing is more essential to the plot of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets than the Basilisk! I actually Iove the hell out of this one, done with mehron water activation paints and fishnet stockings. Aannndddd, since I was not on top of my game last week, I'm bringing you a two for one! Check back soon for part two of this look.
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