Saturday, August 7, 2010

Camping Trip to the Olympic Peninsula

What a beautiful state we live in! That is what I kept thinking on our camping trip. I'm so glad we got to get out and see the Peninsula together as a family this summer. I'm starting to feel like an official camper now. This is our third annual camping trip and this time we stayed for 4 days and nights. And we didn't even do everything on my list. But now we know what we want to do next year! Here are some of the highlights. How fun is it to take a ferry ride to your campground?We stayed at Fairholme Campground near Lake Crescent and the lake is gorgeous. There were a few mosquitoes at twilight, but the boys were troopers. It seemed like every night at dinner, the conversation went like this:
Joseph: Mom, there's a mosquito on your forehead.
Mom: Justin, there's one on your arm.
Dad: Joseph, now there's one on your forehead.Joseph will tell you that his favorite part of the trip was catching a fish on the lake with his Dad. While Justin had a nap, they rented a canoe and went fishing on the lake. Joseph reeled in a big one all on his own. Too bad there's not a picture to show!Check out this whopper of a tree!Our hike to Marymere Falls was short and very kid-friendly. Also very pregnant woman-friendly.On the bridge during our hike.Our first dutch oven experience was a huge success. Darren and I were so proud, we took a picture of our peach cobbler! Doesn't it look yummy? Mmm, I want more just looking at it.Joseph in the Hoh Rainforest. What a gorgeous place to hike!We loved Rialto Beach. It was the boys' first time at the ocean. They loved chasing the waves. And they hiked a long way so I could see the "Hole in the Wall."How do you like Joseph's photography? Not bad, eh? You can see the hole in the wall of rock to the left of me. There were so many great rocks to climb on and tide pools to explore. The boys had fun poking the sea anemones and watching them close up. Darren kept pointing out everytime we were near Forks that it was overcast and foggy. Ooooohh, so creepy! Unfortunately I was too embarrassed to take any touristy pictures of myself in Forks. The Twilight paraphernalia there is out of control. I felt bad for the poor residents. But I still loved seeing it, I'm not gonna lie.Getting ready for hot dog and marshmallow roasting night. Oh how I love these boys.Until next year...

7 comments:

Emily said...

Ugh.
Hiking, lakes, dutch ovens, waterfalls, beaches, cute boys, werewolves and vampires?!?!?! What could be better?!!! Posts like this REALLLLLLLY make me miss the great northwest. I'm so glad darren got to take some time off and you guys got in a fun trip before baby number 3 comes!

Can't wait to see you guys!!

Jared and Erin said...

Good for you being prego and doing the camping routine. I can only imagine the sleeping, but that's just me. It looks like so much fun!

Jenni said...

Oh man this made me emotional real quick! I am SO happy to hear that ou guys are carrying on this fabulous tradition! Everything sounded SO fun. I wish I was there!!

I hope to live back up there sometime soon!!! And also you look adorable. I'm so glad you guys had fun!

Carol and Bruce said...

I am so proud of you!! It all looks beautiful and you got to go to FORKS, I'm so jealous. The peach cobler looks delicious and I want some, Dutch oven cooking is so fun, you get addicted. We were thinking of going to horseshoe the last week of the month and I think you just sealed the deal for me.

I love the picture of Joseph with his tooth missing, that is just priceless, and the one of the boys on the rock together, they are all great. I'm so glad you could get away together and that you felt up to all that work. See you soon:)

Ben & Diane said...

Oh man.....I wish we could go camping with you guys sometime. It looks like you guys made so many good memories and I am so jealous you got to go to Forks. Seeing you guys was so good when we were there. Thanks for letting us come see you. But now I'm depressed because I am having Jill and Darren withdrawels. Why do we have to live so far apart? DANG IT!

Snuggie2U said...

Seems like I've been there when we came out there a million years ago. It was weird to have pine trees at the beach. I remember the rocks (or some similar)-It would be nice to go back!

The Brown Family said...

You are so brave and awesome Jill! I can't even imagine camping with two young children, but to do it pregnant! I am now aspiring to be more like Jill Jolley ;)