Friday, July 27, 2018

Fast Friday Camping Edition

Sometimes I wish this was a camping/adventrue/hiking blog haha.  We don't camp year round really, but when we do go camping I feel like I have so many things I want to share and not enough time or space to share it all.  So I'm not going to go into all the details of tips and how to's on this post. I'll leave it to what we did. But if anyone wants to know those tips I'd be happy to make a post about them, so let me know in the comments!

So when I was young, my family went on a yearly campout with my mom's family. I've gone on this camp out just about every year from the time I was 3 or 4...maybe even early. The only times we have missed were in my married years when we couldn't get work off or had babies and didn't want to tent camp with them.  But we got to go this year. Boy, I love our Kit! Thursday I started packing so that we could have everything ready to leave by Friday morning.

I took this picture a couple of days before because whenever we notice just how tall Trevon is, we stop and take a picture :)

We stopped for lunch at a little burger joint called Slackers. If you're in Torry Utah, stop there! It's yummy and they have license plates from all over the country that are fun to play I-spy with. 

They also have this funny sign in the bathrooms.

We got to camp and let the kids play while Trevon set up.

 My parents got there right after us and we made dinner right after they set up. While everyone finished setting camp up and Trevon got the beds made, I took the kids on a small hike to where we used to camp before they made the campsites. We call this place the meadow. And after we stopped camping there, we still went there to run around and take pictures.

The next morning, the kids had breakfast in the camper. One of my favorite things about having the camper is that we can do simple lunches and breakfast at the table before the kids get too busy playing.

We went down to Lower Bowns lake for a little bit while we waited for the rest of the group to get there. The lake was pretty low this year and made it so the kids could play on the beach. It was kind of gross sand as it got close to the water though, which is not normal, so hopefully next year it's a little fuller.

We spent the rest of that day just waiting for people to show up. They were all coming at different times. So we let the kids explore some more around camp and we helped set camp up when people started coming. Sitting around camp all day is one of my least favorite things to do. I'm such a get going person when it comes to camping, but that's ok. We visited with my aunt and her family while we waited. Once they all got there, it started pouring, as usual. And it didn't stop for a while. We were all pretty soggy by night time. So we decided to drive down to Capital Reef just to thaw out a little. We didn't end up doing any hikes there that night but it was fun to drive down.

Sunday morning we got up and had breakfast and left right after for our hike day. We went back down to Capital Reef and hiked Hickman Bridge.

The girls loved doing the lemons on our last camping trip and asked to do them again. So my sister brought the sticks and I brought the lemons.  If you're wondering what that's all about, you can read more about it HERE.

Hickman Bridge is a pretty easy hike. There's not a lot of shade so it can get hot, but it's only about 1.5 miles and it's not steep at all.

You loop around the arch and it takes you back to the trail you started on.

This handsome guy...

It was the first hike my whole family was together for since we were growing up! So it made it extra special.

Only Half of the group here. 

When we got done hiking we spent some time in Fruita. If you go at the right time to Fruita, you can pick some fruit in the orchards for free. If you take the fruit out of the orchards, you pay for it. When we went the peaches weren't quite on, which made me sad, but someday I'll go pick those fresh peaches!

We cooled down a little in the visitor center and let the kids do the Jr Rangers program. We learned about the Jr Ranger programs from our good friends Keri and Scott of Over Land For Good. Go check out their Instagram for all the camping goodness!

We went back to camp to help out with dinner, I should have taken a picture but I didn't think about it. Hamburgers and my Grandparent's famous onion rings! They are always a hit.

After dinner, we split into groups. Some went to Upper Bowns lake (which is totally opposite of Lower Bowns. Instead of sand and red rock it's pine trees and boulders and very green) and the other group went to the teepee meadow.

The teepees aren't actual teepees, but there's been a group who recreated some that are fun for the kids to explore. We had a lot of fun visiting with my cousins and aunts while the kids played.

This meadow is one of my favorite picture taking places (a lot like the other meadow).  Last year we got one of my favorite family pictures taken in this meadow and if we hadn't looked so much like we were camping I would have printed it out for our wall...Maybe that shouldn't matter. We were having fun. Anyway, it's beautiful!

We got all the kids (my kids, my nieces and nephews, and my cousin's kids) and took a picture of them on this big log.

When we got back to camp, we had a fire and popcorn. Then we went to bed.
Monday morning we headed home. None of us were ready to, and tears were shed, but it was time. Trevon had to work on Tuesday and we wanted to get home in time to not feel so rushed getting ready for Tuesday.

Maggie's car entertainment

Some of our car treats

We will be back next year!

My training for the week was almost non-existent but here's what I got in:

Saturday: Rest day

Sunday: 3 miles of hiking

Monday: rest day

Tuesday: Easy run ----> 4.5 miles

Wednesday: Speed work ---> 2 mile warm up, 4x1 min sprints with 3 min recovery jog for about 3.5 miles

Thursday: Strength Training

Friday: Speed work ---> 4.5 ish miles

Total Miles --->12.5

Do you have a favorite camping spot?

Did you go camping as a kid?

Do you workout while on vacation?


  1. you're not working out may be more than my working out LOL

    FOMO about your camping adventure -such great pics and I'm sure awesome memories for the kids.

    I did not go camping as a kid. But as a young adult, I loved it. But we used a tent. Still fun.

    Now we are old and lazy and sleep in our air-conditioned boat at the marina and eat in restaurants.

    1. I loved boating growing up! That was one of my favorite trips every year. We don't have a boat now though. I am a good tent camper when there aren't little kids involved haha. I grew up camping in tents but I don't love it when I have kids because everything gets 3 times dirtier, wetter, and people wake up way more often. That was the biggest reason we got the camper.

  2. Love all the photos from your camping adventure! I think camping is one of the few activities that's great for kids and adults - everyone can have fun!

  3. Would you believe that I've never been camping?! Great photos - looks like a great way to spend time as a family!

  4. We camped a lot as kids, and all 3 of my boys are Eagle Scouts and we were Scout leaders throughout all of their years, so yes--we have done a ton of camping! OK, when I first saw that pic of your husband standing in the camper, I thought it was a view from the back side and it looked like he was peeing!!!

    1. Lol! I can see that!! Im so glad you guys love camping too! I hope you get to go soon.

  5. No camping in my childhood (and only a couple times in my adult life). It's not really my gig. I can certainly appreciate all the fun it would be, though, for you and your extended family, and what great memories for the kids!

  6. hahaha, that sign is awesome. :P (And so true...)

    I haven't gone camping in a while but I'd love to go again sometime--those photos are so pretty!

  7. Looks like such a fun time! And those sites are GORGEOUS!
    Love the childhood tradition continues on for you and your family!

  8. It looks like your family trip was a blast! It’s clear that all of you had a great time together. And what beautiful scenery you all got to enjoy!