Monday, September 08, 2008

Camping...

I finally got all my pics uploaded from the weekend--don't ask me how many hours I've spent being frustrated with Blogger today--arghh!

We had a terrific time camping over the weekend!

We went with some of our favorite friends. We actually camped with them last year at this same spot and had such a wonderful time that we decided to make it an annual event. Not only do we love Steve and Allison, but they have great kids...two of which are our girls' best friends. Since they have four girls, and we have two, we decided to let Will bring a friend with us. He was thankful, and it turned out to be a good move. The boys had a blast playing with fire and getting wet and climbing all over rocks. They even slept in their own smaller tent, which they thought was the greatest thing ever!

We camped at The Crags and one of the great features of this camp is that it's located at the trailhead to one of the most beautiful hikes in Colorado (that's my humble opinion, of course). We hiked to the top on Saturday and it was amazing. I was so proud of all the kids for making it to the top without with minimal complaining. They did great!





One of the more memorable things about this trip was the temperature. It was FREEZING at night, with lows around 30 degrees. Somehow we ended up with 5 sleeping bags for 6 of us (remember, Will brought a friend), but we survived with no one getting hypothermia. The cold temps made our time around the campfire each morning/evening even more fun!

Allison and I concluded that all food just simply tastes better when eaten outdoors. She made a huge pot of chili for Friday night, and we all devoured it! We also consumed massive quantities of hot chocolate and s'mores! I was in charge of dinner on Saturday night, and thanks to the suggestion from my friends, Renee and Janna, we enjoyed delicious foil packet dinners...so easy and so YUMMY! Yeah, everyone thinks I'm weird for taking pics of my food.

Here are the rest of the pics from our weekend. We're already planning for next year!

(Huck and Tom)
(Mmmmm...s'mores!)


(The sparklers Allison brought for the kids were a hit!)




(An early morning shot of our campsite)

(I told you that the sky here is bluer than anywhere else!)



18 comments:

Natalie @ I AM (not) said...

Love those pics! However, I'm not a tent person, but it looks like I miiiight like it there. maybe. we'll see. I dunno.

puva said...

SO FUN!

Teri in CO said...

Great pictures and fun memories! I remember when our boys were your kids' ages and we camped with some friends of ours every summer! Camping is "funner" with friends!

Michele said...

I normally do not consider myself a camping girl. However, after seeing your pictures, I think I'd like to plan a camping trip for my family:) It is HOT, HOT, HOT here though. I'll have to wait until mid-October to do it. But I might venture out and see what I can do.

Good friends are such a blessing from the Lord. So glad you and your family had such a good time. Good for you also for letting your son bring a friend. I need to do things like that more for my son since a lot of times he is outnumbered.

Gretchen said...

What awesome pictures--even of the food. :) I love foil pack dinners. There's a time and place for weenies on a stick, but it's nice to have real food, too. Super fun to go with another family. Saves the "I'm bored", and the conversation for adults is cool. Yay! Now, you can warm up. :)

leigh said...

Absolutely gorgeous! And everyone looks so happy. I've gotta say better you than me with the whole cold thing though. :)

Tiffani said...

I love love love camping with our family...we are tent people, too and it's great!!

Let's see...I'll take that view, the smores, and that crisp cold air!!!

I thought about you as I was shopping Sunday afternoon and the temp was around 96 degrees...It was so hot!!!

Glad you guys had such a fun time!

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

Looks like you had fun and your kids are happy campers :) They're so cute.

Leigh Ann said...

Your family is always doing something FUN! You are so lucky to get to see all that gorgeous scenery. Thanks for sharing it with all of us. I think you may be right, that blue sky is AMAZING!

Megan L Hutchings said...

Can I come? I want to come next year ;)! What a great weekend and a great camping trip!!!!

I love that all of your kiddos were sporting their Arkansas hoodies ;)!

Ginger@From The Cocoon said...

You're making me want to move up there more and more!! The pix are great and I love Will's Arkansas sweatshirt!! LOL!

*carrie* said...

You camped at THE CRAGS?! That's where we always used to go camping when we were little. So many memories there. Fun to see pix.

Jacquie said...

Your pics are amazing! It looks like ya'll had so much fun. Sure brought back childhood memories of family camp trips with my cousins. The more the merrier!

Heather said...

Precious family! And that sky IS really, really blue!

Becca said...

What beautiful pictures! Looks like you had a great time. We'll have to check that place out. Some of my best memories as a child were camping with my family. Your children will look back on times like these as some of the great times in their lives.

Gina said...

Camping is always more fun with friends. We've done the early fall/ 30 degree camps. Yeah, crazy.
Looks like you guys had a blast.

Angie said...

Your weekend looks like it was so much fun. What a beautiful place. Colorado is such an awesome place to live.

I love going on trips with friends when our kids just play and play.

Jenn said...

I loved seeing all the pictures of the camping trip. How fun to do that friends. Great memories.