Well that was a bit of an unintentional blogging break. I came down with a fast & furious illness on Sunday night, and then have simply been busy every since. Life feels incredibly fast paced right now! We have only one free weekend between now & the end of October. Lots of company visiting over the next month or so, and I'm taking an 11 day trip home soon. It all kicks off on Friday when Finn's Godparents fly in for his baptism. I'm a bit exhausted just thinking about it all! So this space of mine may be a bit quieter for awhile.
Even with a packed schedule ahead of us, we decided to go camping one last time this year. It was a somewhat last minute decision; so instead of planning some big backpacking adventure, we simply car camped. This less intense version of camping isn't typically our thing, but I loved being able to just throw a bunch of stuff in the car (including the fixin's for s'mores & some beers) and just go. We drove to Albion Basin up Little Cottonwood Canyon, which is a mere 30 minutes from our house. The leaves are already starting to change up in the mountains, so it was an absolutely beautiful time to be up there! Due to it being relatively late in the season, the campgrounds were practically empty. I of course had Conor drive the entire grounds no more than three times to make sure we had found the perfect spot! And that we did, beautiful sunset view and all!
Liam was utterly confused as to why we weren't hiking; to him, you have to hike before you set up camp! I'm not sure he loved our lazier approach to camping, but he rolled with it. Finn was surrounded by trees, so he was in his happy place. My boys sure love the outdoors! And just as we were getting settled into our site, a moose walked no more than 10 yards from us. A big bull moose with quite the rack; he was beautiful! We are two for two on moose sightings while camping this year! It was quite the way to kick off our adventure.
The evening flew by far too quickly. We always seem to be scrambling to get our tent set up and dinner eaten before it's completely dark out. And I must do a bit of bragging on Conor here, because he is the one who makes these trips happen. He packs up all the gear. He sets up on the tent (I don't even know how...). He takes care of dinner & the fire. He pretty much takes care of every detail. I simply watch the boys & relax. It's a wonderful partnership that we have!
I was hopeful that our sleep would be just as amazing as it was a short couple of months ago, but unfortunately it was the opposite. While Liam was a champion sleeper, Finn gave an awful awful performance. He likes his space while sleeping, and doesn't so much like to be bothered. Well, our four person tent was feeling very very small. Plus, I had him in this crazy restrictive bear suit since the temps were a bit chilly. He was so angry about not being able to get his hands to his mouth. So Finn woke up every couple of hours. At midnight he thought it was time to play. Liam finally woke up to all the tent shenanigans at this point. We yawned, we laughed, & we tried to convince Finn that it was in fact the middle of the night and time to sleep. He went back & forth between Conor & I. Then Liam decided he might like to be in my sleeping bag too. So there was plenty of sleeping bag swapping & not so much sleeping. But we were under the stars & listening to the howl of a coyote while all nestled up together. And I loved it.
I want more nights like that one, but perhaps with less restlessness and much more sleep. I need to remember how close our little family feels on this trips. Next summer I want to make camping more of a priority, because two times wasn't nearly enough. I can't even imagine what our trips will be like next year when Finn is surely walking!!! So much more adventure to come!