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Camping 2011 – Photo Intensive

We knew we were going to find time to go camping at some point during the summer, and this past weekend the weather provided us with the opportunity to do so. Living in the Pacific Northwest camping can be quite rainy, and with small children it’s best to go during the dry months. There are a lot of fires up near Mt Hood so we decided to go the other direction toward the coast. We headed out towards to the coast and decided to set up camp at the Spruce Run Campground which is about 25 miles outside of Seaside, Oregon. Our first night we made dinner, set up camp and made classic smores.

The next morning we woke up to a very cool morning but it was nice spending alone time with Del and making a fire. We had no distractions, nothing but just us. We even boiled water over the fire to make coffee.   And meals were interesting but I ended up making some pretty good campfire food.

Our campsite was right on the river and there was also a stream that let out down by the river. We decided after breakfast that we would go exploring.

Then it was time to play in the creek!!

Brooklin and I went back to camp to get a little rest.

While Daddy and Kaila floated down the river.

We met back up with daddy and sissy for a little playtime before they went back to floating down the river.

We kept ourselves busy while they had fun.

I’m not the type of person that despises camping, in fact I love campfire cooking and living. I do think with kids camping is a little harder because they’re not the ones used to living on the ground. It’s a a great lesson for them and at least at this age I wouldn’t do more than a weekend for now.

We walked to get drinking water and had to work to get the water out.

We walked to get firewood.

This was my one serving dish.

Our meal looked like this.

But the views looked like this.The same river the had just hours before been going down.

We ended our wonderful trip with some of these.

Do you and your family enjoy camping? I’ve decided that we need a few more camping supplies for next year.


  1. Jennifer Marie on November 30, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Didn’t think that food could look that good while camping-yum! I have never truly been camping!

  2. Bud Alice on October 3, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I discovered your blog site on google and checked a few of your early posts. Keep up the good work! Also, just to let you know, I added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you. 🙂

  3. karen M on September 25, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Great pictures.. we love camping.. we try to get away at least once a month. your meal turned out yummy.. Have you tried Dutch Oven cooking>.. you can make a meal and a dessert in another one.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. April G on September 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Gorgeous! I love this. I grew up camping with my family and I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to go camping too. My sister-in-law has already taken her daughter camping a few times (she’s only 2) but I have a 3 year old and infant twins and my hubby and I aren’t brave enough to do it yet! There are so many gorgeous places to camp in Oregon though (and the rest of the Pac-NW, since I grew up in WA) that I look forward to many fun, future adventures. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of yours!

  5. Sarah Hirsch on September 24, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Looks like fun. I have never taken a family camping trip. I am not so worried about how my kids would handle it – more my husband (he is not the outdoorsy type) 🙂

  6. Toni Marie Caravello on September 20, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Wow. I didn’t think I would ever want to go camping again after having a baby- but wowzer you make it looks so much fun. I used to camp and white water raft on the delaware when I was in my 20s and also camp on the Beach at Fire Island (totally set up for it behind the dunes and legal). I can’t wait to do that this spring with my family too. WOW. What an inspiration…SMORes

  7. Stefanie on September 13, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I’ve never been camping– I am considering doing it once at Disney’s Fort Wilderness..not quite the same.

  8. courtney on September 13, 2011 at 11:30 am

    yum that foods looks GOOD!

  9. Naomi on September 13, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Looks like fun!