After Cody got home from work on Thursday we loaded up the van and headed out to take the boys camping for the first time. Cody’s boss who is an avid camper/hunter/outdoorsman recommended a few local camp sites. The first night we went to Lodgepole campground in Heber Valley. We arrived as the sun was setting and were rushed to get the tent up. We attempted to sit by the fire pit for a little while before bed time, but the boys just wanted to play with lanterns and flashlights. This resulted in one broken lantern (the base of a plastic one) and more than a few skinned knees. We didn’t take any pictures that night. It was a rough night, the campground while nicely maintained is right along side a highway and nothing blocks the sounds of the road. All night we heard semi trucks going by. I don’t think anyone had a good night of sleep.
We were up early and in good spirits having already decided that we would find another camp site somewhere else for the night.
The only picture we took of the first campsite from outside.
We packed up early, we were up and out by 9:30 to grab some breakfast as the boys wanted nothing to do with the cereal bars I gave them. We headed for the second campground that was recommended at Smith and Morehouse. The new campground was beautiful and we found the perfect spot. It was at the end of the loop with a fence about 30 feet into the trees and a stream about 50 feet behind us. The fence kept the boys from running too far and the stream had a hill behind it so the boys couldn’t approach it without us knowing.
The second site.
The boys loved climbing around the trees and just plain running everywhere.
The boys had only slept for about 20 minutes on the drive to the campground so we let them run for about an hour and a half and attempted to put them down for a nap. Nap was a complete fail. We fought them for over a half hour and gave up. We got everyone dressed for a short walk.
About a half mile from the campsite is the Smith and Morehouse reservoir. Absolutely gorgeous.
On the walk we made another attempt to have the boys hold hands while walking. Something we’ve been trying to get the boys to do for a very long time. This time they were all over it.
As cute as this is from behind, I can’t help but smile at this.
They were not just smiling, but they were giggling uncontrollably the entire time. The were so excited and wouldn’t walk at all unless they were all together holding hands. Every once in a while they would stop and yell “1, 2, 3, go!” before running again.
After our walk we tried to get the boys to eat. Meals while camping were overall a disaster. The boys would not sit still long enough to eat anything substantial. They each at a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before they refused to sit down any longer. They spent hours running up and down the driveway to the campground.
I had planned to roast hotdogs, made tinfoil dinners and hd everything to make s’mores. The boys would have none of it. They were much more interested in seeing, touching and climbing on everything. They did each try a roasted marshmallow.
Of course I had to basically corner them to eat some, but they seemed to enjoy it. Then it was back to drumming on logs.
The boys were running out of steam by 7:30, which given the amount of running around and lack of nap we had already planned on an early bedtime. By 8 they were done. The boys slept in their peapods inside the tent and after putting them in their beds they crashed without a fight and slept for 13 hours. After the boys were down for the night, Cody and I relaxed for the first time on the trip. We enjoyed our tinfoil dinners and took in the peace and quiet.
Cody also took advantage of the time to get out his tripod and get take some shots. A favorite without the boys in it.
For the camera people, 30 second exposure, light painted with a flashlight . The moon was almost full and it was an amazing sight right behind the tent.
The boys slept so well, I was able to get up before them. The plan was to have a hot breakfast, pack up and head to the reservoir to look around.
I missed it but Cody watched an eagle fishing, the eagle didn’t catch a fish but he said it was cool to watch it skim the water in the attempt. We walked/ran along the reservoir and across the dam.
Parker has a tendency to lag behind. He likes to stop and look at everything. I was trying to get a picture of the boys with Cody and he was determined to stay about 50 feet behind his brothers. In an attempt to get him to catch up for a photo I asked Parker to give Nicholas a hug. It sort of worked.
Parker and Nicholas ran to hug each other, I love the big smile on Nicholas face when going in for the hug. Andrew was trying to get in on it as well, but wasn’t fast enough.
The boys cooperated for a couple of posed group shots before we headed back to the van.
On the way back to the van in an attempt to keep the boys together we requested more hand holding. The boys happily went along with it.
My favorite picture from the weekend.
We loaded up and headed home, we had a lot of fun and will be back. It was fun letting the boys experience camping for the first time, but it was very stressful. I remember camping being much more relaxing, like most activities adding three 2 years olds ups the stress level. Next year we plan to go back to the same site, hopefully by then the boys we’ll be a little easier to entertain or at least willing to sit still for more than 3 minutes.