Labor Day Camping

In my last few blog posts, I shared individual photos from a little family camping trip we took over the Labor Day weekend.  Today, I  share a few more memories, along with a few stories.  We decided to camp at South Fork campground outside of Silverthorne, CO. We ended up with a beautiful, secluded campsite with all around mountain views.   As we were setting up our campsite, my lil’ guy spotted a butterfly that was injured.

injured butterfly

As he gets older, his heart gets bigger.  He truly is becoming my budding environmentalist.  Before cooking dinner, we decided to take a quick stroll around the campground to the South Fork River.  On our lil’ exploration, we spotted bees visiting flowers, red berries, mushrooms, and wildflowers.

wildflowerThe fire ban had been lifted in CO, so we were able to build a fire each night.  S’mores was enjoyed by all.  My lil’ guy was so proud of himself for learning how to cut firewood.

cutting firewoodThis was a perfect camping location for my husband to do a little catch and release.  When he catches the fish, my lil’ guy always wants to hold them and then release them back to their home.  My husband caught about 50 fish on this particular camping trip.

Troutfly fishingWe did some hiking and some more fishing and some more exploring which I will share with you in another post, but for now….

Mountainsget out, decompress, and enjoy your weekend.

Recharging the soul

Life can catch you up in its vicious cycle called “routine.”  Routine keeps you sane, keeps you grounded, gives you the sense of “being in control”, but can dull your senses, keep you from noticing the small things in life that can make you smile.  When routine causes the latter symptoms, my family always escapes by grabbing our souls and heading to the mountains for a lil’ camping adventure.

Our latest soul recharging camping trip was to Michigan Creek campground which provided us with biking, hiking, fishing, wildflowers, wildlife, and tons of new memories to replay in a loop when routine clouds us.

IMG_0162 IMG_0143 IMG_0135 IMG_0131 Taking a lil' lunch break IMG_0115 IMG_0112 Sweet Bailey IMG_0063 IMG_0022 IMG_0020 What do you do when your soul needs to be recharged?  Have you been on a soul recharging adventure lately?  Sometimes, we need these adventures to make us stop, remind us to pay attention to the little things, and smile.

AdVeNtUrE Time last year…

Adventures with my family make me happy.  Memories of these adventures make me smile.  So, I decided to start a new series each month called “AdVeNtUrE Time last year…”  I will load this post with pictures/memories of my family’s adventure this time last year.  Hope you enjoy.

In March of last year, my family was fly fishing, camping, hiking, and slacklining at Stone Mountain, NC.

Dad teaching son about fly fishing gear

Dad teaching son about fly fishing gear

Happy Fly Fisherman

Happy Fly Fisherman

The hike before the fishing

The hike before the fishing

A boy and his dog

A boy and his dog

Slacklining at the campground

Slacklining at the campground

Can’t wait to share another “AdVeNtUre Time last year” post.  To reminisce just makes me smile.  Sometimes, it is the little things.

Keepin’ Track of Our Adventures

This day is a journey, this very moment an adventure. (Rebecca Pavlenko)  My little family enjoys adventure.  I love leaving the routine behind and letting the dust settle on the furniture without a care.  So far, we love camping, hiking, backpacking, biking, bouldering, fly fishing, etc.  Since moving to CO, we have added skiing, sledding, and snow shoeing to that list.  When we moved to CO from NC, we hooked up our Coachman camper, packed our supplies, and headed cross country, enjoying adventures along the way.

To keep track of our travels and adventures for N, we purchased a map soon after moving to NC.  Since that time, we have been pinning the places and storing away the memories.

N's Travels

N’s Travels

Here is a close up to show you the actual pins.

Pinning N's Travels

Pinning N’s Travels

N enjoys coming back from a trip, grabbing the pins and his Daddy and adding one more red dot on the map.  He gets excited that he has been to about 10 states already.  We plan to add at least 2 more this summer in our travels. Of course, we not only have the map, but we have millions of pictures.  I always tell N that his entire life is documented.  Here is one of my all time favorites!

Does your family love adventures and do alot of traveling?  Do you have a way that you document your travels for yourself or your kiddos?  Where is your all time favorite place to visit in the U.S.?  Sleeping under the stars makes me smile.  Sometimes, it is the little things.