Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Albion Basin

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!


15 comments :

  1. Sounds like a fun, yet busy time! We've been going non-stop too and I've gotten pretty sick for two of our major events lately. I was able to trudge through luckily! Hope you get some rest and enjoy time and family. :) Also, I love your camping photos. What a special trip. Good for you for making such great memories!

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  2. While we don't have as many visitors coming, I feel you with having almost every weekend planned and booked! It's fun but exhausting to think about! You make camping look (almost) fun to me... Which is amazing since I am not an outdoor person. I think it's the lack of bathroom that does it for me ;)

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  3. Always so jealous of your amazing photos! So cool the such a beautiful moose came so close to you guys! I love that you guys go camping like that with your little ones, we love to camp too so it gives me hope when we have kids we'll be able to pull it off too! Lol!

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  4. That sun flare!! All of these pictures are simply amazing! I can't even imagine how refreshed you must feel even with the lack of sleep coming home from such intimate setting a with just you & your sweet troop! I can see why you want to strive for more camping next year! And holy cow at the moose! What an experience!

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  5. You guys just look so cozy! Even if it was last minute and sleepless. So cool to see the moose though.

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  6. What a nice short get away before the crazy in your lives. I don't think I've seen you with glasses often but I like them on you :)

    liz jo @ sundays with sophie

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  7. You are super mom! I hope you're feeling 100% now!! I love how busy you are! It gives me hope that I will be able to manage with 2 kids... we love adventures!
    Also, camping?! So fun! I'm dying to go! It's gorgeous here (in your photos!)

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  8. I'm glad you were able to get away for a short camping trip. Even though it wasn't very restful it sounds like it was a good time. :)!

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  9. I love this! These will be the best memories for the boys (and you guys too of course) when they're older! And how cool to see a moose. Glad you're feeling better!!

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  10. You have the most ridiculously adorable family! You all make camping look so fun that I may allow myself to be talked into trying it!

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    1. Aww, thanks Rachel! You definitely should! I promise it's not too terrible... Especially sans kids! :-)

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  11. What beautiful scenery, I know I say that every time. But when you live in a place where it's still 92 degrees and 100% humidity every day...yea. And a moose, wow! I'd like to try tent camping, maybe in our backyard before we venture too far. We'll see how that goes first. ;)

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  12. What a gorgeous place to go camping! And I can't believe how close you got to the moose! Hope you're feeling better. Some nasty bugs have been going around here and my fingers are crossed that I'm spared!

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  13. What a nice trip! I can easily see why you'd want to do it more often :)

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  14. I love albion basin! what a fun trip with your cute family!

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