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Fall Camping

27 Sep

On Sunday Jared and I were realizing how exhausted we were from the previous week and yeah the house was a mess as well.  Any respectable, responsible person would have stayed home, taken a good nap and cleaned the house BUT that wouldn’t be any fun now would it?  We packed up our camping tubs that are stocked with pots, pans, headlamps, shore lunch and everything else you would need for a successful camping trip and headed out.

We decided to try a new spot, yikes.  Trying a new camping spot is always nerve wracking.  What if you waste your last camping trip on a subpar spot while you could be camping at your favorite spot.  Yes, quite dramatic- I know.  Anyways, we decided to go to a new spot on Lake Jeanette and we could not have been more pleased.  After loading all of our supplies into the boat we headed across the lake, speckled with a few quiet fishermen.

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We pulled our boat up to what we ended up calling “the rock dock.”  We unloaded our goods as the sun was slinking down past the trees.  We quickly set up the tents while the kids poked sticks at the fire and worked on their golden brown mallow skills.  Yes, did I forget to mention that the three little people were with us?

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I was in a tent with Huddy Bear and Jared was in a tent with the little ladies.  Needless to say- I think the other tent had a better nights sleep.  Hudson started out in the pack and play and then I went out to hang out at the fire with the rest of the fam and eat far too many s’mores.  We tucked the girls into their cozy sleeping bags a while later and I am SO glad that Soph brought her dream lite bug that was their happy night light that kept the tent aglow.

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Jared and I were able to have a couple peaceful hours to ourselves.  No TV. No laundry pulling at me.  No dishes to do.  No computer.  No lights.  No distractions.  Just Jared and I on the edge of the Boundary Waters.  And let me tell you, the stars were phenomenal.  The night was so peaceful that we could see the reflection of the stars in the water clearly.  It was as if you could jump into the water and into another universe.  Jared and I stood at the waters edge on the rock dock and were silent as the beauty of the wilderness surrounded us and made us feel small.

After Hudson woke up around 10pm, he was a bit confused about where he was so I ended up snuggling with the little hot water bottle in my sleeping bag all night long.  For a portion of the night (I have no idea what time it was) we got to hear one pack of wolves howling to another pack.

More about the next day later =)

Camping: Good Thing Its Free

20 Jul

We want to make the most of this fleeting summer so we headed north to Crane Lake to get in some family camping time.  People drive from all over the country to camp and enjoy this untouched part of nature and we only have to drive 40 minutes.  We have everything loaded up in the boat and the kids are ready and rearing to go.  We hop out of the car and Jared launches the boat.

Jared is leading the boat over to the dock when a part of the cement retaining wall collapses and Jared falls into the water while flinging his wallet into the lake.  No big deal, just reach down and grab it, right.  Nope.  Not exactly.  He reaches down and cannot feel it anywhere.  He searches for about 20 minutes and then he takes over kid duty while I search the iron rich depths.  Nope, nowhere to be found.

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How in TARNATION can a wallet disapear that fast?  Just so you know a leather fossil wallet feels a lot like the bottom of Crane Lake.  After searching for close to two hours we decided to cancel the credit cards and head on our journey, the girls were happy to be finally heading out.

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Fortunately he had no cash in the wallet (he had just spent his last $4 on fishing bait) unfortunately we have no credit cards at the moment and Jared’s really nice Fossil wallet is gone =( Sad, sad day.  Oh yeah and the worst part… he has to go to the DMV to get a new driver’s license- arg.

It is a good think that camping and these views are free.

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