This weekend of camping was supposed to be fun and fancy free. It was planned so that we could all get some good motorcycling and jeeping in, but apparently the weather didn't care about our plans. It ended up raining all night, and the most annoying part about the whole thing was that it hasn't rained here for practically 2 months. It's been the hottest and driest summer for the Northwest in years! About the only good thing is that we won't forget this trip for a long time now.
This meadow was beautiful and mysterious at dusk. We don't have any pictures to prove it, but we saw a herd of elk in this meadow a couple of different times. A bunch of cows (girl elk) and their babies. SO cool.
If I were to have a do-over, I would not be camping with a 5 month old, or a 2 year old for that matter, in 40ish degree weather! It was the worst sleep I've had in a long time, worrying that my kids were warm and dry the whole bloody night. Can you tell I'm still angry at the rain? And this goober named Taryn still wakes up screaming once a night. Lovely.
We tried to make the best of it in the morning by making an illegal fire, which we considered legal since everything was soaking now. The kids had about 4 cups of apple cider each in the morning, and we took turns riding the motorcycles and cleaning up wet sleeping bags. You're jealous, huh?
Poor Ainsley, stuck in her car seat because it was the only warm and dry place to be.
If this picture makes us look cold and wet, it's because we are.
I did get in a couple of good rides though, so it was worth it for me! I wasn't pressured, just encouraged (by Nathan and my brother, Landon), to go on some harder trails than I was used to and I was so glad that I did. Once I got a better feel for the trail and the bike, it was awesome and I started to have more fun and not be so nervous. The rain was annoying, but it definitely gave the rides another added dimension of exciting craziness. Not sure it was worth it for anyone else that had to sit and wait in the rain, but I was grateful for everyone's sacrifice that made it possible for me to have fun.
The mosquito bite that we thought she was only allergic to, but turned out to be something much worse. Post to come...
No one, besides me, complained too much so I think they all had a good time.