Our Weekend Camping Trip

We had an absolute blast camping with our friends this weekend.  The Girls are dirt magnets and most pictures of them are of them covered in something like dirt or sand.  Luckily my good friend and their godmother took some pictures that are more than worth sharing.

Our fun got started after everybody had their camp set up, lunch was eaten by all, and the kids picked where they wanted to go.  They picked the private beach for the campground.  On our way to the beach there was a creek that was irresistible for the little ones.

Amelia was playing around and ran off to show her godmother a pretty green rock she found.  I’m sure she probably wanted to bring it home with us but she is used to us staying at State and National Parks so she was pretty comfortable with having to put it back and leave it there for others to enjoy.

Amelia found a pretty green rock on the beach.

Amelia found a pretty green rock on the beach.

My friend took our picture… for my few readers who are not related to me, this is us:

Michael and me posing for a picture.

Michael and me posing for a picture.

Well the creek was fine and dandy for a while, but there is a whole wide ocean on the other side of that ridge and with 4 little ones that was not to be left unexplored.

Michael leading Amelia down to the water for some fun in the surf.

Michael leading Amelia down to the water for some fun in the surf.

Michael swinging Annabelle out over the ocean.

Michael swinging Annabelle out over the ocean.

Isn’t he awesome for taking the kids down into the surf so I can hang back and chat with my friend???

Annabelle seemed intrigued by the beach and more willing to stay still for pictures than her sister.

Annabelle overlooking the ocean.

Annabelle overlooking the ocean.

Annabelle being goofy on the beach.

Annabelle being goofy on the beach.

But back at camp the kids were just as entertained by a couple of balls, a few toys, and a lot of dirt.

Amelia getting down and dirty with the boys.

Amelia getting down and dirty with the boys.

Annabelle and her god-brother, Ethan, hugging.

Annabelle and her god-brother, Ethan, hugging.

As far as Humbug Mountain State Park in Oregon goes we would gladly come back.  The temperature was perfect for water play, the campsites have plenty of shade, it didn’t get too cold at night, and all of the fog you see driving there wouldn’t dare hang around the state park and the private beach.  It was sunny and beautiful and we even attempted to get the 4 kids to hike all the way to the top of the mountain… we got halfway before we turned back.  It is a 3 mile hike up steep switchbacks… talk about feeling it in my legs today.  But after indulging in way too much camping junk food I feel like we worked some of it off.

What are your favorite camping and hiking places?

 

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Bah… Humbug Mountain State Park

We are headed off to Humbug Mountain State Park here in Oregon today for some camping and good times with The Girls and some friends and their kids.  We will be back next week to share pictures of our activities.  Until then here are some of my camping on a budget ideas.

Plan ahead!  We planned this out months ahead because coordinating 2 or more families to camp together is just a logistical nightmare.  But more than that we had to plan out what we will eat and how to get that much food for cheap.  So we found coupons and waited until sales and bought the hot dogs and hamburger patties for super cheap.  We did the same with water bottles, soda pop, and the sweets.

Use your benefits! My Husband Extraordinaire is a Veteran and one of his benefits is that he gets an Oregon State Parks Pass and we can camp for free.  Another benefit is his National Park Pass and we get into National Parks (Like Crater Lake National Park here in Oregon) for free and a huge discount on camping.  So when we think of camping the first place we look is at the State Parks to reduce costs.

Meet in the middle! We are not traveling all the way to where our friends live and they aren’t traveling all the way to us.  We are camping at a place that takes each family an equal amount of travel time.

Mr. Picky is not with us this week so our families do not have to stick to a Gluten Free diet while camping.  That reduces costs considerably and it also makes it easier for the 4 kids that will be there.  Bring on the PB&J’s!!! We are bringing bikes and hiking boots and leaving our puppy at home with a puppy sitter.  This trip is designed to be as stress free as possible and not a budget buster.

I hope you all have a very fun weekend and I can’t wait to show you pictures and stories of The Girls next week.