Monday, August 11, 2014

Another Weekend in the Woods

Brian's new squadron here...they're awesome. This weekend one of the reservists who has a huge property of land in the mountains invited the entire squadron to come camping.  We hesitated because he said the property was a little hard to get to (he recommended 4 wheel drive which we don't have) and it's a very primitive site ie. no toliets and running water.  But putting all that aside, we decided hey why not and packed up and headed towards the mountains.

Horrible lit selfie in the car but hey, you get the idea. The car is PACKED to the brim and we're only going for a night or two.

My pictures don't do it justice but the drive there was amazing.  And a little scary. Like driving up the side of the mountain, huge rocks, and non paved road scary. But we made it.

Setting up camp. It got reallly cold realllly fast too.

By far my favorite picture of the trip. So pleased with herself for pooping in the middle of the woods on her princess potty. Layla decided this weekend she wanted to hard core potty train. Yipee.


Let it be known that we were at 10,500 ft. Like really high up.  So high up that your tolerance for alcohol goes wayyy down. 

So this S'mores vodka I found...maybe not the best idea ever.

We had a HUGE fire. It was so, so hot which made the freezing temps much more manageable.

The guys with their pups

Brian's commander roasted marshmallows for me at least 5 times. And that fire was HOT! What a guy!

A beautiful shot of the two of us. I swear the fire was burning me. And it was really dark with a really bright flash.

After very little sleep (because I think it may be impossible for me to get a good night's sleep in a tent) the morning came verrry early.  My guess was I got a good hour of sleep in between staying up until almost 2, kids waking up on and off through the night, and being so cold I couldn't fall asleep, and waking up at 6:30. Oy.

But it was a beautiful day and besides feeling quite zombie-like we wanted to enjoy it as much as possible. We first sat around the fire and had breakfast.

Brady rode the zipline at least 10 times. 

We also went for a hike, tried to relax, and the guys shot guns for awhile. The kids were not liking the guns so much (they were far, far away from them but they were still crazy loud) and they didn't nap after only getting about 6 hours of sleep. Sooo you can do the math on that one. Around 4:00 we decided it was probably best for us to head out so we packed up all of our gear, threw  put the kids in the car, and headed back to Colorado Springs.

It was a beautiful drive on the way home too (my phone just doesn't do it justice). There were cows walking all along the road as we drove away. So cool! 

We got home that night, crashed at about 8:00, slept in the next morning, and took it really easy on Sunday. It was a fun, exhausting weekend and I'm so glad we get to give our kids these types of experiences!  Let's just hope I learn to sleep while camping!


Jenny @ Creatively Blooming said...

That sounds like so much fun! The s'mores vodka sounds awesome! And the picture of Layla pooping on a princess potty in the middle of the woods is priceless! Jarrod took Trenton camping once, but we haven't done it as a whole family yet. I thinking that maybe next summer we'll give it a try when Evelyn is a bit older.

Janelle Vannice said...

This looks like a lot of fun! Oh, I haven't tried that S'mores vodka, but I think I'll look for it - that brand is my favorite! They make a bubblegum flavored one that is SO good!

Jen said...

This sounds like so much fun!! Camping trips are my favorite. :)

Shannon said...

Well you've officially out camped the crap out of me between this and last time. Love love the potty pictures and I haven't had the smores vodka, but I've tried the bubble gum vodka and that was {literally} vomit inducing. Ugh.

Becky Dougherty said...

I think anyone who says they sleep well in a tent is lying. lol Glad you guys had a good time! That picture of Layla on her potty cracks me up!!

Jamie said...

What a great trip!

Janelle Vannice said...

I know I already commented on this, BUT I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a Liebster Award - I'm sure you've seen them going around! Check it out here if you're interested:

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