Sunday, August 28, 2016

Camping 2016: Home + Happy Anniversary

the usual snuggle-fighting ensued

i think everyone had a wayyyyyyy better night's sleep.  the mattresses were pumped full and it was nice and quiet in the foresty area away from the road.  i wish we could have had a photo of all of us but that would require too much set up. 


i love these people

i love that i brought coffee
it was much chillier this morning and it really hit the spot
thanks mc for the press and the grinds

more crack

i went back to the boat launch with the kids while kevin packed us up

so many fish

malcolm went in the water and was soaked.
thank god for big brothers and their sweaters.

the campsite was fantastic.  it did not have the facilities of the Princeton RV Park, just single no-flush johns with no light.  there is a tap and water fountain by the johns.  the two ladies that were riding around greeting guests and selling firewood were both super friendly.  not much for facilities but so beautiful.  the roads throughout are smooth and run up and down for kids to bikeride.  we will definitely have to bring bikes next time.  i've never been to Osoyoos or Kelowna, i think next year we will also venture that way.  i'm already so excited.

on our way home we said good riddance to the disgusting tree full of shoes

made me feel so sick like it had a terrible textural disease

farewell town of Princeton

it was a long long ride back.  we detoured through Harrison to visit Kilby, a little itsy bitsy town kevin had visited a long time ago.  it wasn't great.  the kids were getting hot, malcolm was at his wits' end and by the time we arrived (3 hours later), both the campsite and parking lot to swim in the lake were all full.  we cooled off with ice cream from the tiny visitors shop and restaurant before getting back into the van and into traffic.  it was so hot.  the van has no air conditioning and we were pushing 4-5 hours at this point.  poor malcolm was suffering as he had long passed his nap.  we finally arrived at my mom's who so kindly offered to take them overnight.  we took refuge in her cool shady backyard before heading out for dinner. 

it just happened to be our anniversary.  i had thought about heading into vancouver, but we both definitely had enough driving for the day.  we hopped over to The Gudrun which was 10 minutes away from my mom's and enjoyed a cool and quiet dinner together.  SO QUIET.  SO SO QUIET.

cheers to 9 years of marriage
this shit ain't easy no matter how i'm spinning it

we walked off dinner and dessert around steveston.  it was bustling with people, locals and tourists.  driving home, the sunset was calling my name, so we stopped to catch the last of it at Centennial.

still like this guy.  good guy.  very good guy.

and because there are no photos of me ever, here are 3 more

there have been some really hard weeks, months and years
i'm so glad this summer has been a really terrific one
so so so glad

stupid school ugh

Camping 2016: Tulameen

on the road from Princeton to Tulameen

made a quick stop to check out this view

back when cell phones were a brick, the original mix tape was Lord
being hoarders, we brought a bag loaded with mixtapes to play in the van's casette player

boom towny

we arrived in Tulameen and passed through the tiny town of adorable cottages

destination Otter Lake

the water was cool and refreshing, though not quite as cool and regreshing as Bromley Rock.  we had a blast wading in and out, jumping, flipping, sliding and splashing.

we finally took leave from Otter Lake to check out the campground and see if it had any vacancy

so many amazing properties spotted along the way

 there were only 4 spots available, but we got one!
we slowly got set up inbetween losing our minds with the millions of questions, hundreds of demands, breaking up arguments and consoling the cranky toddler.

seriously, this table...

with everything ready to go, we decided to check out the nature trail before dinner

our path took us out to the water.  we decided to follow it around, hoping/expecting that it would lead up to the campsites overlooking the water.

 we were lucky.  there was one area where the 5 foot path between forest and water was broken up by fallen trees.  we managed to climb over and eventually found a path that went back up exactly to where the trail had began.


this is campsite No.17 which we should probably reserve RIGHT NOW for next year

we continued touring the site down to the boat launch

back for dinner

i have a feeling that Malcolm might be the OCD child.  he was constantly picking up, stacking, lining up and moving everything on the table

the firestarter

started playing with long exposures.  this was kevin and/or moses twirling around sticks that had been sitting in the fire

the kids shockingly were so tired they asked us if they could go to sleep.  malcolm needed some cozy time so he hung out with us by the fire until he passed out.  once i laid him in bed, i came out to see the sky packed with stars.  this is what kevin wanted to show the kids but they were passed out.  i grabbed my tripod and started testing out how to capture the sky.

milky way, is that you??

moses couldn't sleep and came out to hang out with us.  he and kevin took the camera and headed toward the boat launch to see what they could get while i kept warm by the fire.

pretty damn cool

more fun shots

this one is my favourite!  did 10 seconds on the boys and then flipped the camera up for the remaining 20 seconds of the 30 second exposure to get them campfiring in the stars!!!!  LOVE.

so many stars
we cannot be the only ones out here