Friday, August 2, 2013

camping in Darrington

We had a wonderful time on our four day camping trip to Darringon last weekend. My friend owns property that backs up to a campground so we had the perfect spot. Dense, lush forest, two acres fenced so dog and kids can run wild, river on the property and a five minute walk to the bathrooms and water at the campground next door. It was Elliott's first camping trip, and Oliver's first in two years (we didn't go last year since Elliott wasn't walking yet) and the boys couldn't have been more excited! One of their favorite things was "trying" to fall asleep with their daddy in the tent. Two naked boys running around wild in the tent, with Nick laying in there with them lead to many hours of roughhousing and not so many hours of sleeping. I'm pretty sure they are still catching up on lack of sleep. We went on two beautiful hikes and Nick and I each wore a kid when they got tired so we could actually hike some as well. Oliver tried fishing for the first time and didn't seem too disappointed that the trout weren't interested in the piece of hot dog we put on the hook (didn't have bait).

The only downside to the trip was the amount of mosquitoes and bites I received. I came home with over 100 bites (not joking!) so before we go back next weekend, we have some serious mosquito bite prevention research to do. In researching mosquitoes Nick discovered that 10% of the population produces a pheromone that mosquitoes love, and I apparently fall into that 10%. How did I get so lucky?

Anyway, here are some of the pictures from our trip:
nap attempt, cuddling accomplished
all the hiking and swimming wore Miss P out
boy with a stick

relaxing


fire time
the boys built a teeny tiny fire, probably 10" in diameter

on a mission with the shovel

exploring
looking cool!

hiking in the river bed
attempt #2 at fishing

she loved the water!
the river
feet in the river


playing with dirt

boy in the water

Oliver's funny faces




playing fetch
always trying to escape through the fence
beautiful hike to Boulder Falls



mixing mud
family photo attempt
cutest hikers ever!








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