It has taken me so long to write this post because I have no idea how to begin to capture our time at Wallowa Lake in one little blog post. We were invited to join some friends of ours who have been camping here with their family for 30 + years. I definitely understand why they keep coming back. Thank you to the Wallowa crew for your patience with our neophyte camping skills and endless questions. Thanks for making us feel so welcome and comfortable and for sharing your stories and camping gear with us. We're so grateful!
Unfortunately Chris had to work and couldn't come with us, but my wonderful Mom signed on for the adventure. Thanks so much, Mom, for making this vacation possible. We couldn't have done it without you! Unlike Chris' family, mine did not grow up camping. The closest we came was staying in a motel near Sequoia while the rest of my aunts and uncles "roughed it" in tents. We were a little nervous starting out, not knowing exactly what to pack or if we could assemble our tents. But with some help from our friends we were good to go, and now I think we've caught the camping bug. We're so looking forward to going again next year (the kids ask every day when we are going camping again!), and maybe we'll finally master lighting a campfire :)
For a more detailed recap of some of our adventures and outings, (including the very first encounter with the ubiquitous deer) check out my friend Michelle's blog. Thank you, Michelle, for inviting us to come with you and for showing such grace to us as we peppered you with questions and requests for help. You and Brian win the award for being cool under pressure and for teaching me how to find perspective and maintain faith despite crazy circumstances. We're so grateful and blessed to have friends like you!
Now, finally, here are the pictures!
Maryn and Lucy made some great new friends on this trip! Here is Maryn with her friend E - they are working hard to build some kind of stick and pine cone stockpile.
Love these ones - you make me smile!:
As we took this next photo we knew the kids would look like we photoshopped them into the picture - the scenery here is just unreal!:
Quiet time at the campsite:
The kids had so much fun playing at doing art projects: