Every hike seems to start off with a trip to REI for some last minute things we needed…this time it was some water shoes for me, hiking shoes for Jonah, an insert for my sleeping bag so I wouldn’t freeze (ha!), a trekking pole/ monopod for me, a mini lantern for Julianna, and a few other random things.
It takes a little over 5 hours to get there. The drive in is so pretty!! The leaves were starting to change and the air was crisp.
We got everything set up just before the sun went down. That evening we enjoyed some instant mashed potatoes and fettuccine for dinner. And s’mores for dessert.
The night started okay. The kids usually take a bit to fall asleep, so that was expected, but at some point in the night, I noticed it got really cold all of a sudden. My bag was rated down to 55 degrees, and with the insert we bought, it was suppose to take it down to 30. We looked the next morning around 6am and it was 29, so I was feeling pretty cold throughout the night. The kids’ bags were rated to 0, so they all stayed pretty warm when they stayed in the bags. Justin did end up with Julianna and then Jonah in his bag at different times in the night. He got stuck with the two littles because they tend to listen better to him, so the biggest baby in my tent was me. I even went over and stole Jonah’s bag since he was in Justin’s bag. That helped so much!
We took a bit to warm up the next morning, but eventually, with some hot cocoa, fire, and sunlight, we were feeling thawed out. We played around the campsite all morning and ate breakfast. Julianna was pretty crabby (probably from being cold), so we decided to just do a day hike and head home that night.
The kids played on this log for a long while; pretending it was their boat and singing “We Know the Way” from Moana (over and over and over; Jocelyn knows most of the words her music program last year). This will forever be a favorite memory from this trip 🖤
Lol failed attempt at a cute photo; I still love it!
We got everything packed up and started our hike.
After a couple miles in, we found a spot by the river to play for a bit and eat lunch (couscous, summer sausage, + pepperonis).. and a make shift potty may have also been crafted (so funny!)
We made it back to the car little before dark, got changed, and headed home. Even though our trip didn’t turn out anything like last year or what we had imagined, I’d still say it was a success and fun time as a family.