We stumbled across this campsite, a clear cut area just off the main road.
Good view, huh? So we set up our tent-cots, (more on those later) and set to making a fire. We filled the rear floorboard of the Jeep with split wood from home, but we did not really use it much. Since this area was clear cut, there were many sticks and logs scattered about which we could use.
At first my Dad and I both were nervous about cooking with an open fire, I never had, and Dad hadn't in years. But it ended up working out really well. Just before this trip I had purchased a metal grate which is used over the fire as a grill. Seen here making coffee the next morning:
The grits were great. I was really expecting them to taste burnt, or watery, or otherwise bad, but they didn't.
The location was great as well. The Talledega National Forest is a great place to live near. Specifically, here on the ridge, the wind was enough to keep the gnats away, but not quite enough to be a problem to us. As I said before, the view was great. I could see my hometown clearly, looking like a small pocket of civilization surrounded by wilderness.
So all in all, this was an awesome camping trip. Everything worked out well, the location, the food, the Jeep, the tents, everything.
Some random pics for your enjoyment:
Here is one of Dad, cause he's not in any of the others. (He took most of those pictures)