Three backpacking trips in five weeks!!! I'm on a roll! Though, spending that much time away from family tends to make one feel guilty, (especially a recovering shame addict like myself) so I was really glad my youngest daughter agreed to come with.
|One of the coolest log bridges I've seen|
|Killing time while waiting for the slow pokes|
As I mentioned in my last post, adversity also always makes for a better story...so be prepared for a really dull piece, because this trip was pretty close to perfect.
|The view from our site...pretty perfect|
Only a couple tales of woe; one of which involves using the privy when we arrived. I've used worse, but my daughter was horrified. She started to go into "teen-age freak out mode" (okay, she's always had a freak out mode; but hormones have not made them better, that's for sure) with a "there is NO WAY I'm going in there" tirade. She's not a stranger to squatting in the woods mind you; but being as we were in a parking lot of no less than 40 cars, this trail is not exactly your average "wilderness" experience. I knew how badly she needed to use it, so I did what any good parent in this situation would do...I paid her off. Sorry people, but when all else fails, bribery works; and after four kids, I'm not above it.
|One of the sites to the right. Not bad either. (yes, we are stealing wood)|
|Camp chairs?!?! Melodie knows how to do it right. I'm buying some.|
The journey up was not without complaints (I'll admit I sold it as being easy; which it was not) though at a little over half way up Summer saw me struggling and offered to switch for my heavier pack; making me very proud of course.
|My amazing hiker girl|
|Yes, this is the one picture I borrowed from Melodie. Don't rub it in.|
|Rocking the fire and utilizing every bush|
|She fell in?!?!? What a shocker|
|I have no idea what is going on here|
|The wet clothes were much heavier to pack out|
I anticipated sharing a tent with Melodie because I figured the teens would want to be together, but this was one of the sweetest surprises of the trip...not just that the girls asked to bunk with their Moms, but also that they genuinely seemed to enjoy hanging out with us. (a little, anyway ;)) Sure, there was some whining and eye rolling; but there was also those instances when suddenly they became again that little girl who just wants to lay down in your lap. I don't know how many more years I will still get those moments; so I know I can speak for both us Moms when I say every second was immeasurably precious. I hope we both have a few more coming.
|Until next time!!!|