Up to this summer, we’d gone camping with my cousin & her family, but we decided we needed to ‘go it alone’ & try camping on our own just our family, so early in the summer we made reservations for a campground. About a week before we were due to leave, we received an email saying that the reservation was being canceled as they were currently evacuating the campsite due to a forest fire nearby. We searched around & found a campsite with openings & made a new reservation. Unfortunately, this one was about four hours away.
The Friday of our camping trip, we just couldn’t get out of town. Things kept happening that kept us from leaving, so when we finally got away at 5, I had resigned myself to putting up the tent in the dark (or rather the light of the headlights) around 9 that night. Well, due to a horrible accident that left us sitting on I-5 for probably an hour and a half (and not just sitting, but walking around outside the car on the freeway), we finally arrived at our campsite after 11. We put up the tent with the help of our headlights & went to bed.
Around 4:30 in the morning, I woke up needing to go to the bathroom (*Sigh!* Definitely a down side to camping!). As I was putting on my shoes, the beam of the flashlight I was holding caught a huge pile of scat! As the reservation had mentioned that bears were in the area, I immediately decided I didn’t really need to go that bad and quickly went back into the tent and eventually went back to sleep. In the morning, I woke up & could hear something rustling in the bushes and I could tell that whatever it was, was HUGE! I sat up & saw…
A COW!!!! It was an open range and there were cows wandering around our campsite! And yes, in the light of day the pile of scat I had seen was definitely a cow pie, but to be fair I didn’t know there were cows in the area & bear scat doesn’t always look that different from cow pie depending on what they’ve been eating!!! It was certainly an exciting way to start our camping trip!!
A little cutie showing off her frog lovey!
After breakfast, Micah headed off to hike a portion of the PCT, so the kids & I hung around the campground.
Playing in the dirt
The kids & I went for a little hike that wound around the spring by our campsite
Looking at the water
Taking a break!
SO FILTHY!!!!! (She LOVES to play in the dirt!!)
Around dinnertime, the cows came back through the campground again! It was so strange!
Cute little swimmer girl!!
We could see the huge plume of smoke from the Crater Lake fire!
The next day we didn’t have much time to spend around the campground as I had a funeral to get back for, but we did stop in Butte Falls & see the falls!
We survived our first camping trip just the four of us and really didn’t lack for much of anything, so I think we can count it a successful trip for the books!