“Life might be difficult for a while, but I would tough it out because living in a foreign country is one of those things that everyone should try at least once. My understanding was that it completed a person, sanding down the rough provincial edges and transforming you into a citizen of the world ... What I found appealing in life abroad was the inevitable sense of helplessness it would inspire. Equally exciting would be the work involved in overcoming that helplessness." - David Sedaris
Next up on our adventure was a few nights camping at Diamond Lake.
Again, David had scoped out all the sites available when booking online, and he reserved us another fantastic spot...
(we actually all slept in the green tent, but also set up the blue tent (little 4 person tent that Dave and I actually got for a wedding gift!) as dressing/staging area. We kept most our crap in the blue one and just air mattresses and sleeping stuff in the green one)
One view from our site....
...and then the lake view!...
It was soooo pretty! I loved looking out at this during our stay here!
As a native Oregonian, I hate to admit it, but I actually had only been to see this beauty in person one other time. David took me to see it when we were first married, and it took my breath away!
We are so fortunate to live in a state with such a natural wonder, and it was important to both of us to take our kids to see it in person.
That being said, our kids (were at the time) seven and a half, and they were only so interested.
(Again, just keepin' it real!)
Dave and I were like "isn't it AMAZING?! Can you even believe how beautiful this all is???" and they were both kinda like "yeah...it's cool. Can we go back to the camping site to play with our friends now?"
Little ungrateful jerks.
Haha just kidding.
I have this picture of our two cuties on the refrigerator...
Everything about this area amazes me. I love the rock and trees and mountains and lake and the fact that there is snow up there even in the middle of July...
Our kids may not have been in awe of the natural beauty that surrounds them, but I sure was, so I made them pose for pictures with me...
I mean, how BEAUTIFUL is Oregon?!?!
After living in The Middle East for two years, it felt really cool to be around snow!
We let the kids get a souvenir at the Crater Lake gift shop...their first swiss army knives...
Back at our campsite, we decided to attempt some swimming in Diamond Lake!
(and by "we", I mean David and the kids, because that water was FREEZING and I was not having it)
Dave trying to convince the kids to jump in... =)
Brother thinkin' about it...
Sister did it!
And brother went next!
Super Dad carrying two wet, cold kiddos back to our campsite...
We absolutely LOVED this campsite, and all the beauty that Diamond Lake had to offer...except for the mosquitos. They were REALLY bad this time of year and being right next to the lake, we were pretty much covered in mosquito spray 24/7.
The twins ran around with friends they'd made in neighboring sites, and David and I took turns going for long walks, reading books, and playing card games.
Every once in awhile the kids would come play with us for a bit too...
After two nights, it was time to pack up camp again and say good bye to this beautiful area...
I made Dave indulge me in some selfies and he obliged because he loves me.
And because he knows resistance is futile.
The twins enjoyed running around with their friends for a bit before we got on the road....
and one last lake jump for the Boy...=)
cold, wet, and happy =).
Looking at all these pictures makes me wanna go back! Just so incredibly beautiful there. The pictures don't capture the mosquitos, though... On to our next stop!