This weekend, Friday-Monday, we took the kids camping for the first time. They absolutely loved it and now I feel guilty we haven't taken them before!
I'm not an outdoorsy person, so I wanted to wait until our youngest was old enough to be independent and have a good time without being too whiny. And I was worried I'd be whiny and ruin it for everyone.
We chose Tumalo State Park near Bend, OR, because we used to camp and raft along the Deschutes River and knew the area and the weather's predictable.
Passing through the Detroit Lake are:
On the way down, we stopped at one of the lava flows:
The soil is bright red in most of central Oregon. It's a high desert, about 4800 feet above sea level.
Near Mt. Hoodoo, this area burned a few years ago, and it looks like it's a black and white photo in person.:
We stopped in Sisters, OR, which is a cute tourist town near Black Butte. If you ever want a chandelier made from antlers, or furniture made from twigs, Sisters is the place to go:
We set up camp at about 4 p.m. on Friday, and by 5 p.m., I admit I was bored.
Kelly and the girls wandered to the Deschutes to go fishing, while I tried to read and had a glass of wine. Then I was even more bored, so I hopped on a bike and found them. It turned into a great evening and the kids got a kick out of seeing me on a bike.
Me without make up:
More in a few....