Growing up our family
vacations either consisted of long cross-country road trips or camping
+ fishing trips in nearby Idaho. I always find it interesting how we
tend to recreate certain elements of our childhood. We have yet to take
a cross-country road trip [although I would love to drive to
Yellowstone sometime soon], but we've driven down to California a few
times with the boys. Some people would think it is torture driving for
10+ hours with two young children, but we rather enjoy the long scenic drive. Of course it doesn't hurt that our boys are real troopers on long drives.
Oh, and I love camping. Apparently this surprises some people, maybe because I like a clean house and am afraid of large insects, who knows. But when I'm camping the dirt + insects are not an issue for me.
We've been wanting to take the boys camping for a long time, but by the time we thought Big J would really enjoy it Baby J was born. So we waited..and waited. Last weekend we finally dusted off our camping gear and headed up near Mt. Hood.
The first day of our trip the weather was perfect--sunny with a cool breeze. Big J decided to make us some "basil" while Appah cooked up some chili.
After lunch we went on a canoe ride with some friends. Big J and Baby J were a bit timid when they saw the canoes, but once we got on the lake they were smiling from ear-to-ear. I regret not taking my camera with me because the scenery was amazing--crystal clear lake completely surrounded my beautiful trees with an amazing view of Mt. Hood.
The boys were so excited about sleeping in a tent "outside" instead of in our living room.
Baby J + Big J explored our campsite until the sun went down.
The boys are already asking about our next camping trip. I cannot wait.
More photographs here.