Monday, May 23, 2011

The Sunshine After the Rain

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The sun came out in a beautiful way this weekend.  After almost five straight days of rain, it was a welcome sight.  We ventured over the mountain by our house to one of the most beautiful National Parks, Sherando Lake.  I was completed in awe of our surroundings.  A bustling creek, tons of vegetation, and of course the lake itself.  This was Bradley’s first “real” camping trip.  He has camped out in our neighborhood, but this was the real deal.  He was over the moon excited about it.

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After being outfitted with his first lego man headlamp from Uncle Adam and Aunt Kim, he was ready to party.  We made our way down to the water after getting the camp site set up.  The lake was actually busy with some people swimming (it was FREEZING) and some people canoeing. 

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Bradley decided that looking for fish and salamanders was the cool thing to do.  Daddy caught three different salamanders for his inspection.  I was actually shocked to see my little boy pick all them up by the tail, give them a good looking over, and then heave them back into the lake.  Isn’t this the same boy that used to hate sand and getting dirty?  I think we have a really grown up boy on our hands now!!

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Did I mention how gorgeous this place is??

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You even have your own private island, if you are brave enough to swim in the freezing cold water!  After some great exploring, we hopped back to the campsite to get ready for dinner and smores.  What more could this pregnant girl ask for?  Roasted marsh mellows are delish!!

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You have to wear your head light when you are chowing down on grilled hot dog!

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All in all it was a great trip, and I can’t wait to go back when we can bring sweet Ellie too!  She was just too little for this camping experience.  Lindsay watched her for the weekend, thanks Lindsay!!!  I will say sleeping in my king bed last night was very nice after sharing an air mattress with a  four year old who kept shimming out of his sleeping bag and whacking me in the face in his sleep. 

Gotta love roughing it!  Happy Monday friends!

7 comments:

Lindsay said...

oohhh what a beautiful location!! Glad you guys had so much fun. I got a couple cute pictures of my super cute niece this weekend.. I will share them with you soon :-)

Colleen said...

such pretty pics. kudos for you woman sleeping on an air mattress while pregnant!

laura said...

oh, so fun!!! i was thinking that same thing as colleen - way to go for braving the wilderness and an air mattress while pregnant! rockstar mom!

Jentifur said...

Brings me back to our old camping days in high school! Ha! BTW your photos are really looking great!

Jenny said...

It looks beautiful! Glad you all had a good time!

amanda said...

please tell me you are kidding - camping while preggers?? dude no flippin way!! you are a rockstar!!

aimee said...

Love the headlamp. Too cute! Justin wears his all the time, so he'll love hearing that they make them for kids.