Jeremy was dying to take our family camping this summer, he did most of the preparation and packing and we were off to Fish Lake. It was so beautiful there, the lake had a nice trail around it so we went on lots of bike rides, tried to fish, played games, and ate camp food. Overall it was fun, but it did have it's bad moments, and we almost came home early!
On the first day we went for a bike ride by the lake in the hot sun. Well, I got fried, not just sun burned, fried. Crispy! We roasted marshmallows that night with the kids and used up our firewood, planning to buy more the next day. After we tucked the kids in bed, my burn was getting painful and I was very cold! Jeremy and I stayed up for a bit and then went to bed ourselves. We tossed and turned for a few hours, we were up at 9,000 feet and it was cold, and we were sunburned, and even more cold. It was freezing! I have never felt so cold in all my life. As much as we tried, neither one of us could sleep.
We tried cuddling to share body heat, and I fell asleep for about 30 minutes. However, I was stealing all of Jeremy's body heat so that didn't work out either. Finally, at 2:30 am we decided we could just go out and make a fire to get warm.
We got out of the tent and remembered we didn't have any fire wood left. I suggested we steal some from sleeping campers! haha Jeremy suggested foraging for sage brush. So he foraged, over and over, every 15 minutes until the sun warmed us all up at about 8am! We just sat by the fire all night long, no sleep, at all! We were ready to cook breakfast at 4am. We decided to at least wait until the kids woke up at 6:30am. It was one of the longest nights of my life, I was Done camping! I wanted to go home or to the nearest hotel and sleep!
Jeremy took the kids back into town to gather supplies: aloe, a new sleeping bag for me to use, ponchos, and firewood! I got to sleep. When Jeremy got back he took a nap too. We decided to stay.
We went and took a shower that day to refresh, and went on another bike ride. It rained that night and put the entire camp to bed early that night. It was nice and quiet, dark, and warmer from the cloud cover, and we were exhausted. We slept great that night.
Our last day we went to the lake and tried to fish. We caught nothing in the 30 minutes we tried, while the people next to us caught about 25 fish! It was a little sad. Then we packed up camp and drove back home to our nice warm beds! : )
Clockwise from top left: Our chubby campground squirrel, we nicknamed Bob. Our campsite, the best one I thought, Jeremy really did his homework. Beautiful trees by our site. Jeremy setting up camp. Nicole lounging in a chair. Natalie on her bike.
More scenes from our campsite. Kai lounging around, bored. Trees, and the moon (I went to take pictures around 6am because I was bored). The kids by the lake when we stopped on a bike ride. Our camp fire. The lake and fishing by the lake.
We introduced Kai to Solitaire, he is hooked now!
Natalie was our dirt queen, she was happy as a clam digging in the dirt all day. She looked like this 90% of our trip! haha
Here's Nicole in her PJ's with a full tummy! She liked to get dirty too.