Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Father's Day Camping Trip 2017

This past weekend we traveled way up into the mountains to our favorite camping spot at Smith & Morehouse Reservoir.  I think Conor & I like it so much, because it's as close as we can get to that Pacific Northwest feel while still in Utah.  Tons of trees, lots of water, & the fishing is superb!  I was a little nervous about the nighttime temps (hello 40 degrees), but we managed to stay warm.  A little trick: throw some really big rocks in your campfire at night.  Then place them in a corner of your tent (on something heat proof) to help keep it toasty all night long.  It seriously works and is probably the only way we survived the chilly nights.  Well that and that massive amount of blankets I brought.  And the middle of the night snuggles!





In anticipation of this trip, we bought the boys their own fishing poles!  I knew this would help with their patience if they each had a rod to be responsible for and play with.  Finn mostly wanted to reel his line in nonstop, while Liam waited ever so carefully.  Both boys love choosing a worm, and I baited my first hooks in oh, 20+ years.  Still a pro at it!  The stream (river?) was absolutely rushing, since we had a big winter here.  Lots of snow melt still happening.  It was hard to find calm spots to fish, and we often had to cross fallen trees to get to get to them.  My balance is little off these days, but I managed not to ever fall in... can't say the same for Conor.  Over the weekend we caught 4 arctic grayling, 2 cutthroat trout, & 1 brook trout.  A huge success!  While I anticipated that we would do more hiking, the fishing kept everyone occupied.




It was by far one of the more relaxing weekends I've had.  No schedule.  No other families to coordinate with.  Just us.  We slept in.  We had long slow meals.  We hammocked.  We picked wildflowers.  We got crazy dirty, muddy being in & out of the stream.  We spotted a deer and listened to the noisiest squirrels ever.  And each night, we fell asleep to the loud roar of the stream behind our tent.  We were completely unplugged.  I love that.  I notice more.  More smiles, more laughter.  More little in between moments that can get lost in a busy day.  Good conversations all around.  Neither Conor nor I grew up camping, so it's somewhat strange that it has become one of our family's favorite pastimes.  It's a big part of us, and I cannot imagine spending our summers any other way.







Each night we stayed up super late making s'mores only by campfire light (and headlamps, there is a big headlamp obsession) & watching all the stars appear.  Jupiter is still incredibly bright and often the first "star" we spot.  Mornings are for sleeping in & the lingering in the tent for snuggles & tickles and shenanigans until someone is brave enough to hit the cold air and start a fire (not me).  Often I had no idea what time it was, and it didn't even matter.  I'm usually a crazy big planner, but somehow I was able to let that go and just see where the day and the boys took us.




It's quite an effort to get us all packed up for a two night trip.  The food alone sometimes feels outrageous for a family of four.  And we fill our car to the brim!  I have no idea how we will manage next summer with an extra carseat in the mix.  But it's always worth all the hardwork as soon as camp is set up.  We've actually enjoyed our last two trips so much, that we're thinking our next one should be three nights.  Just to get more out of all the packing & preparing.  If only we didn't have to rush back home on Sundays to prepare for the week ahead.






I will say that it's getting slightly more & more uncomfortable to camp.  Getting in & out of the tent, maneuvering an air mattress, getting dressed in a tent...  all those things are just a tad bit harder.  I didn't plan on slowing down, but I may need to just a little bit.  We're planning another trip around Liam's birthday when I'll be 35 weeks pregnant, and I'm hoping to squeeze one in during August too. But for that last trip we'll probably go somewhere with cell service just to be safe!  I want to create these summer memories with just my two older boys, before we have that family shift to newborn life again.

14 comments :

  1. Ahh you can just feel the relaxation and memories being made! I adore those headlamps. I think I'll need to add those to my list for Ben. And, the rock idea for warmth is awesome. I'll remember that one if we go camping soon. What a special gift you are giving the boys!

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  2. I would love to hear more about your meal plans when camping!!

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  3. Wow, looks like such a wonderful trip. I love the idea of unplugging and just being in the woods. Magical.

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  4. I loved every single picture! But especially the boys with their fishing poles- they're so proud!

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  5. Amazing! Looks like such a wonderful time together as a family! You are a rockstar for going camping at 30 weeks and I'm really impressed you're planning to go again before the baby comes!

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  6. You are amazing! I actually grew up camping and havent been since I was 19. Butttt you make it look and sound so fun!

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  7. These pictures are so amazing! I feel like I am there with you but with NO FREAKING BEARS!!! Ha! I've said it before (and likely will many times over) you are the Laura my husband was hoping I would be. There is still hope (minus bears - hell f no)

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  8. Everything about your weekend sounds perfect. The smore's, campfire, stars, that hammock and all the fun you had as a family.

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  9. Sounds like the best weekend, just you four..!! I'm thinking a camping list/favorite gear/what to pack post would be great. :) You guys are pros.

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  10. There you go, making me think we should try camping. Except for all the food prep and packing. If someone could just do that for me I think I'd be 100% sold!

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  11. I always look forward to your camping posts! You take the most incredible photos while out in the wilderness! I love it!

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  12. What an incredible weekend. Camping is not for the faint at heart, and you make it seems so easy and natural--even while being in your third trimester. How interesting that both you and Conor share this love and yet neither of you grew up with families that did this as a pastime. Thanks for the rock tip! I'll be sure to remember it the next time we camp in cold weather!

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  13. Your camping posts always make me want to go. I esp love that chilly part. Although I think we'd all perish in 40s with our Florida blood. How far away is your car? Do you have to carry all your gear far?

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