Showing posts with label camping. Show all posts
Showing posts with label camping. Show all posts

Sunday, August 3, 2014

on birthdays and camping and skunks

Or maybe I should just call this one 'everything but the kitchen sink?'

When one doesn't blog for a while there is a whole lot to cover.

I've been blogging less for a variety of reasons. I've been thinking a lot about why I blog, and who it's for, and how much I want to share/should share about our lives.

I've never felt less compelled to blog - in the few years I've been doing it - than I do right now. I don't know if it's because life is so busy, or if it's the touch of depression I can never quite shake, or if it's something else entirely. I just feel weird about the whole thing right now, and I'm not sure why.

Tomorrow is my birthday. Birthdays always make me introspective and moody, so maybe that's it?


On to a completely different topic.

Last week we went camping with friends in the wilds East of Eugene. I just love where a forty-five minute drive from a large city can lead in Oregon. I would not recommend the campground we stayed at, but I highly recommend the swimming holes in the area (Fall Creek Reservoir).


When it comes to camping you either love it, or you don't. I think I like the idea of it more than the actual doing of it. It's really hard right now because of Ainsleigh's age and desire to put everything in her mouth.

This trip was fun because we were with friends, but it was a little too hot and buggy for my liking. The lake - one of the main reasons we picked the campground, wasn't safe for swimming (though a lot of people ignored the recommendation to avoid the water), but we found an awesome swimming hole.

And there were skunks. I hadn't seen a skunk up close and in person before this trip. Our skunk friend was not nearly as nervous around humans as he should have been. In fact, when J shone a flashlight on the skunk from 20 feet away it came at him instead of scurrying away. Thankfully nothing - and no one - was sprayed.

We spent a lot of time in the water. We ate a lot of junk food. We saw big bolts of lightening and fell asleep to the sound of rain on our tent - one of the best sounds in the world. And I left with the desire to pack up and do it all over again. Even though it was hot. Even though it's hard with kids. I think it's good for them - and me - to sit in the dirt for a few days.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Adventure! Camping at Nehalem Bay

We went camping at Nehalem Bay State Park last week. Oh my word, it's gorgeous! I don't know that section of coast very well. It was nice to break away from our usual beach spots. Nehalem Bay campground is located between the ocean and bay, so we had beach time as well as a canoe trip to keep us busy.

Ainsleigh did really well on her first camping trip. Sleep arrangements were difficult (I now have a pinched nerve - OUCH -) but we only ended up staying one night because J fell ill. Our second night, in the last available hotel room on the coast apparently, was rough too. But we still had fun!

(When camping with little ones bring a lot of clothes and expect them to be filthy the entire time.)

Ainsleigh watching a remote control car fly across the sand.

Determined Northwesterners. The wind was blowing so hard we were in danger of losing a toddler, but my sister was determined to have her beer and beach situation. Maybe the taste of sand makes the experience more authentic.

Cuddles with Aunt Christina 


My superhero. He wears the baby and roasts marshmallows to absolute perfection.

First s'mores! I forgot the dairy free chocolate. I almost cried. B didn't notice.

Boy battle. Gotta love the water bottle in a pink beer koozie B found on the ground.

Five minutes after we arrived B was eight feet up in a tree with one of his cousins.

5:30 am in a campground. Shhhh!

Nap with Grandma

Cousin conference

Watching the guys canoe around the bay. My sister let me borrow this awesome stroller that converts into a backpack. Seriously. You just fold it up, kid inside and put it on your back. She found it for $7 at a garage sale. She always finds the best deals (confession: I never look, too lazy).

I was fascinated by the campsites with horse corrals. I took B for a walk around that loop because I wanted him to see the horses. We saw quite a few people riding on the beach.

Our campsite was next to the beach path so I took the kids "to the beach" the easy way.

Suitcase playpen in a suspicious hotel room

Sunday, July 29, 2012


I'm back!  We had a great time camping with friends in Florence, Oregon (Jeanette, I thought of your Florence Violet so much this weekend) but it's nice to be home.

Prepare yourself: I took TONS of pictures.

B and his cousins helping us pack.

How B smiles now. We don't know where he learned it.

Helping J put the tent up.

Florence is part of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area which stretches close to fifty miles.  You have to see these dunes to understand just how amazing they are.  We climbed to the top of one of the dunes, played in the sand and even went on a dune buggy ride.

Crawling on sand is so hard.

My friend and I had quite the time on our dune buggy ride. We sent the guys off to do something a bit more wild while we hopped on the scenic ride with our kids. We thought it would be slow. It was not. I cannot believe they let me take my ten month old. I strapped him in with me and held on for dear life. B loved it. He laughed and put his hands in the air like he was on a roller coaster.

Fresh water around a tree island in the middle of the dunes.


Yummy roasted apples which we rolled in cinnamon and sugar.

Early morning walk to the lake because someone woke up at 6am.


Bath time.

Stopped for a short hike on the way home.

It was so good to get away.  I really needed it.  One of my favorite moments was holding B and watching the fire until he drifted off to sleep last night. He NEVER holds still when we're out doing something exciting. We wore him out and nearly two hours past his bedtime he settled in for mama cuddles and sleep.


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