Sadly we didn’t get to do as much camping as we would have liked this summer, but each summer the kids are a year older and camping becomes easier. We did get to use our tent a couple of times this summer while visiting family; we weren’t fully camping but the kids feel as though we camped twice as much as we did. We started off the Summer by camping for Father’s Day. This trip we camped with the Wagester family and drove out into the Mt Baker National Forest and camped outside Silverton along the river.
There are some areas within the National Forests that campsites are free and first come first serve. Tyler has Fridays off and Matt left work at lunch so we were at our site by two in the afternoon. We found a nice place along the river where there were 8-10 other tents in sight view. Loading in & out were not the easiest, we had to carry our stuff down a hill and across a creek but that was easy enough for the men. The first night as we sat around the fire we got a visit from a National Forest Ranger. He complimented Tyler & Matt on their excellent fire pit building skills and told us to enjoy ourselves.
We spent the weekend enjoying nature, no cell service and no television! We took the kids on nature walks for sticks, nature walks for rocks, nature walk for animal sightings. We played in the river, climbed on fallen trees and cooled off by jumping into a calm pool in the river.
We split all the meals and took turns cooking. The entire weekend was perfect. Perfect food, perfect location, perfect people and most importantly, perfect weather!!!
Sunday after breakfast we packed up our campsite and drove up to the Ice Caves for a hike before heading home. I know that the Big Four Ice Caves are popular but I had never been. It is the craziest thing ever. You’re hot and sweaty and it is 90 degrees. Then you walk around a corner and there is a cold breeze. But as you walk on the rocks and get closer and closer to the ice caves, the temperature drops to freezing cold! Every foot step you take the temperature drops.
As always, any time we are with the Wagester family, we have a good time. The kids always enjoy each other, the husbands enjoy each other and well us ladies, we enjoy the laughs. I can't wait to go camping again with them next Summer and every Summer after!!!