Monday, August 11, 2008

camping in the rain

It's the end of summer vacation and we decided to go on one more adventure before getting back to the grind. The beauty of where we live in Arizona is that a one hour drive lets us leave the Saguaros behind and breathe in the fresh scent of pine.

The forecast called for a 60% chance of rain, but we decided to take our chances. Upon arriving at the campground it rained. We sat in the van and entertained ourselves the best way we knew how---by taking pictures. Even Little Boy joined in the fun!

It didn't take long for the rain to clear and we set up camp. Steve needed to run to town for a couple things, so I thought I'd take the kids on a little hike down to the lake. And it rained. The lake was beautiful and I even still say it was fun despite the hike back with Little Sister on my back while holding Susie on my front.

Luckily Coleman makes one mean water-proof tent because it was our shelter while it rained again. The weather cleared long enough for us to play catch, roast hotdogs and marshmallows, and snap a few more pictures. It started to rain again just before we turned in for the night, providing the best white noise to get our three tired spuds to sleep without event.

And a special announcement! After 18 months in Arizona, we have finally seen our first scorpion. It was a tiny little sucker hanging out on the wall in the men's bathroom. Of course, I had to be in charge of bathroom duty from then on since the kids refused to step foot in the men's. We all escaped without injury. In fact, everyone escaped without a single bug bite, scratch, or bump. Except me. I'm covered in itchy red bites all over my arms and legs. Oh the things we are willing to suffer for our children!

Today we are back to it. Taylor is enjoying (I hope!) his first day of first grade, Steve is back at work (probably enjoying the peace and quiet) and Sidney starts preschool tomorrow. More fun pics to come about that!


Clegg Family said...

The raincoats made for some pretty cute pictures! (And holy crow- carrying 2 kids at once?? impressive.) Where did you guys go?? It looks so nice!

kimberly said...

I don't know if I'd be willing to take three kids camping at all, especially in the rain! You are a good mom :)

The Constant Gardener said...

Linx Lake in Prescott, Cortney. We are planning a day trip there sometime Labor Day guys should join us!

sweetpea said...

What a fun adventure to take right before school starts! It looks like you had a great time--amidst the rain!

The Hiatt's said...

It really is beautiful Alicia, glad you had fun. Stella and Sidney are so cute together. And Taylor is such a big brother!

Ashley Elizabeth said...

Wow are you guys actually wearing jackets? Crazy. Looks like a goreous area. I was impressed you were camping at all with three small kids, but to add in the rain, wow your my hero!