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!