Russell and I got up really early Monday morning and loaded the car. THEN we woke up the boys and told them we wanted them up and dressed and have eaten breakfast before "we" left. They were okay with that. Some of them even got in and did their household chores! While the boys were eating breakfast I took their pillows and wool blankets to the car. Michael and Nephi noticed their pillows were missing so I told them dad and I might need them if we needed extra pillows. They believed us. (We really did need extra pillows....for the boys!) The boys really did get upset and kind of mad when Russell told them they needed to make sure to have socks and shoes on before "we" left. The boys couldn't understand why they would need to do this since they weren't the ones leaving. Michael was planning on using the computer so he felt put-out. Finally we told them to go hop in the car as they were coming with us. A couple of the boys were really mad and not happy with the fact that we were camping. This is our story. And we're sticking to it.
Warning: There are lots of pictures. If you don't want to see them....you best not continue! :)
Our car is packed. There is no more room for anything else.
Our tent. It was just enough room for Russ and me.
The boys' tent. It is nice and big and is divided into 4 equal sections. Each boy had his own space.
Our toilet. We went to a really primitive area. No toilet facilities, no showers, hot water or electric hook ups. Each person was responsible for cleaning out the bucket after each use. Guess who got to clean it the most? Me! Ever see a girl try to pee on a tree? Me neither and I wasn't about to learn.
Russell getting our fire started. The people before us left a huge garbage pile in the fire pit.
Our kitchen area. We brought just the right amount of food. At night we made sure to put the cooler, blue food box and 2 black crates in the car so we wouldn't have any "visitors."
This is Cook Creek. Just down the path from our campsite. It was a beautiful area and I am so glad we went there as a family. It was calm, quiet, peaceful and all around a beautiful place to be.
The guys eating lunch. We had ham and cheese sandwiches, chips, grapes and kool-aid.
Michael is on his way down to the creek.
Russell relaxing. He is on vacation after all!
The boys down at the creek. They had so much fun! The water was kind of cold though so they would get out and wrap up in their towels. Once dry - they headed right back to the creek.
Donovan and Nephi
Donovan, Michael and Nephi
Nephi, Michael and Donovan
Nephi, Christopher and Michael
Christopher checking out the bottom of the creek. There were several little tiny fish. They were so cute!
We had an awesome dinner. Russell cooked steaks on his little BBQ and I made these potatoes over the fire pit.
We had these yummy marinated shrimp grilled on Russell's BBQ as well.
Getting a game of Phase 10 in before it gets too late.
The boys are eating chips for an after dinner snack. Waiting for the yummyness in the dutch oven can make one hungry I guess!
Our camp. What you see is what you get! We have the boys so far away for a reason. Late at night when we want to sleep they can stay up and visit without getting in trouble for being too loud. It worked out perfectly!
The guys are eating. But what are they eating? They are eating.....
Homemade dutch oven baked cinnamon rolls! These turned out so awesome! No burning on the bottom and cooked all the way through! These were ooey gooey warm and yummy! I should have brought some milk!
The boys getting a late night game of war in before bedtime.
I am pretty sure I was up around 6. My bladder is my alarm clock. I got the fire started and began cooking breakfast. I really super duper love my cast iron camping equipment! I just can't say it enough!
I did the bacon first so I could use the bacon fat to grease the griddle for my pancakes! I had the perfect temperature going and my pancakes were doing awesome until Russell decided the fire wasn't hot enough. So....he added more wood and charcoal and my perfectly perfect pancakes went from this to.....
Once we got home I did a million loads of laundry which spanned 2 days. I am so glad we went though. It was nice to get away and enjoy time together as a family. Next year I want to go camping for my birthday. I want to go to Ft. Stevens. I think I would like the fact that there would be more people around - I might sleep a little bit better.