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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Camping Trip 2017 Diamond Lake

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!


We made a day trip to Crater Lake
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.
Kind of. 
=)





Stunning!!!!






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!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Camping Trip 2017 - Gold Beach

For this leg of our trip, Dave scheduled us a nice hotel to stay in for two nights. This way we could get good showers and catch up on laundry =).

We headed south to Gold Beach, Oregon. 


Lovely view from our balcony...





This hotel portion of our trip came at the perfect time, as Brother fell ill during our drive to Gold Beach. Poor kid had a fever and even threw up once during our drive! I felt SO bad for him! 
I loved having a place to give him a nice warm bath and then a comfy bed to crash in as he recovered. 
And CRASH he did...


The hotel also had a laundry room, so I was able to get all our camping clothes and such washed and clean, which felt great.

While we were in town, we visited one of David's favorite breakfast spots...




And took the kids to the beach to enjoy the gorgeous scenery...










David in his original habitat ;). 












It may have been summer time, but it's pretty much always windy on the Oregon coast =)

Lucky for us the wind was minor, and we killed a lot of time just hanging out on the beach one of our days.









Thankfully, Brother was back to feeling like himself pretty quickly...




Gold Beach is not large  but has some fun places to play. The kids both loved this park, and we killed a lot of time playing here one of our days...









Even though our kids were only semi - interested in all we/Dave had to show them about where he'd been before (just keeping it real!), it was still special for him to be able to do so...


We all enjoyed the luxury of a hotel after several nights of camping. It was great to have soft beds, hot showers, TV to watch and a swimming pool to play in. 

But, after two nights there, we were ready for more camping ;)