Sunday, August 28, 2016

Smith & Morehouse Trip #2 {Camping}

We loved our trip to Smith & Morehouse Reservoir so much, that we hit it up again a couple weekends ago.  This time we brought friends & we stayed for two nights, which is really the way to do it!  A lot of effort goes into camping, so it's far more relaxing to make a longer trip out of it.   And all the extra kiddos around means much more hammock time for Conor & I.



We found the perfect site, that easily accommodated our three tents.  Plus, there was a massive osprey nest right above us!  All weekend long we watched the osprey bring fish back to the nest.  A fun sight for all!  We were also nestled right along a stream, and while it wasn't rushing as much as I had hoped, we could still hear it throughout the night.  Nature's own sound machine.





There were wild raspberries.  Long walks.  Walkie Talkie spy games.  Hammock parties.  In fact, one afternoon while everyone was out fishing, Finn & I took a nap together in the hammock.  It was the best hour of camping ever.  Outdoor naps are the best, add to it a little breeze and all the sounds & smells of the mountains.  If only Finn had made that one of his 3+ hour naps!  And while the fishing was somewhat uneventful, they did snag a rainbow trout as a little appetizer for dinner that evening!  A successful day of camping all around!



The evenings were a tad chilly; doable, but long underwear was necessary!  For an accurate look at what camping sleep looks like for me.... Finn & I share a sleeping bag.  And since his head is nuzzled under my arm, I can't zip up my sleeping bag any higher than my waist.  So it's cold.  And it's super hard to roll over or switch positions.  Add to that the fact that I am nursing him throughout the night, so my chest is exposed half the time as well.  Cold cold cold.  But we learned a fancy little trick of throwing large rocks in the campfire at night, and then placing them under the eaves of our tent before bed.  It helped soooo much!  Hot rocks for the win!

This was our 4th camping trip of the summer, which just blows my mind.  While I've always been an outdoorsy girl, I don't know that I necessarily envisioned myself camping so frequently with young children.  But we all love it and are even hoping to sneak in a September trip while the temperatures stay warm.  We'll see.  Life has been busy and it's definitely wearing on me.  I need to slow down a bit.  But who can, when we've literally been having...

The.  Best.  Summer.  Ever.

13 comments :

  1. Yet again you're making me think I need to go on a camping trip, if for nothing else but the hammock naps and white noise of a stream.

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  2. It looks like you had a wonderful time! XOXO I always love your pictures!

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  3. You guys have the best trips. I love reading about your camping trips. We didn't get our hammock hung this year, but next year it's on. Ha ha!

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  4. Your children will have the BEST memories of their childhood! I love how much you guys do in the outdoors :) I can't wait until it cools down here, so we can get back to nature!

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  5. Your camping trips always look so dreamy! The hot rocks idea is pure genius.

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  6. What a fun trip! Someday we'll brave camping with our little man!

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  7. That one time we went camping at Disney it was the coldest day in October. We were not prepared lol. Chris complained for DAYS afterwards. We'd probably have to bundle up if we camped anywhere with legit chilly evenings. And, a hammock nap! Amazing. Your camping posts are always my fave =)

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  8. You make camping sound so fun! And I hear you on wanting to slow down but also having the best summer ever!

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  9. This is the best! Such sweet memories made!

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  10. You seriously need to share your camping with kids tips/tricks! Such gorgeous pictures. Makes me want to go camping and Im not that kind of girl ;)

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  11. What a magical trip. And that nap! That sounded perfect. My husband and I were just discussing the need to slow the next few months down a bit. We've traveled almost every weekend this summer. Fall offers so many amazing activities right here in our own town, so I'm hoping we're around to experience them and enjoy the months leading up to the holidays!

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  12. Love all the camping trips! We're waiting for it to cool down just a bit at night and try our first night in a tent! I can't wait! But that could change... ;)

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  13. Love camping! Can't wait until my youngest gets a little older so we can go!!

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