Camping with the Courters

When our friends, the Courters invited us to go camping with them both Chris and I although eager were not exactly sure what to expect. Being the first time we have taken our family of six out into the woods, we don't own much camping gear and truthfully I was a little nervous. We ended up borrowing a ton of stuff from family and packing really simple food that didn't require much fancy prep.

We rolled into the campsite after dark on the first night and there was a burn ban on so no campfires allowed. We managed to get the tent set up in the dark and everyone asleep and after that first disappointment of the campfire we then were joined by the rain.

But by morning the sky had cleared some and the rain lifted the burn ban (yes!!!) so for the next three days we were all pretty happy campers exploring the beaches and lighthouses and getting really dirty of course. The kids rode bikes for hours on end, made some new friends and on the final morning we found a baby mouse right by our tent freezing to death. The boys all took turns warming him with leaves and things and the Courters decided to bring him home!

All in all it was a wonderful first experience. Next time I would prefer a bit more of a "glamping trip" if you know what I mean but we had a great time. When we loaded all of our incredibly dirty belongings back into the van on the way home Chris and I looked at each other and said "we did it"…and then we came home and turned it around in less than a day for the big Gough family vacation…it's been a fun few weeks, stay tuned for more!

7 comments:

  1. Loved each and every photo documenting this memorable camping trip, especially the family portraits at the end! You have such a gift of capturing beauty through that lens of yours, girl!! xo

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  2. Looks like an amazing trip.

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  3. So fun to camp with your family :) Love, love your photos friend! you really do have a gift.

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  4. I love camping! But we have a comfy camper so we don't rough it tent style. Yay you got to have campfires. Camping with out campfires is just sad.

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  5. What beautiful photographs! Glad you had an enjoyable time--what a wonderful way to build memories with your family.

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  6. i love these! i love your big camera captures, and i love seeing through your eyes... and i loooove your family picture there at the end... priceless.

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