Sunday, July 24, 2011
Cora's First Camping Trip
This weekend we took Cora on her first camping trip. Since the Pacific Northwest weather hasn't been gracing us with much of a summer lately, with the first nice forecast in what has felt like weeks, we decided to do something fun with Cora. Ignoring our mile long to-do list and easy excuses, we decided to do a quickie almost-no-preparation one-night camping trip. So Saturday morning we packed up a few things, hopped in the car and drove out to the Mt. Hood National Forest to find a lake for swimming and a nice place to camp.
Luckily, in this part of the world, finding a beautiful place isn't very difficult.
Cora enjoyed sitting by the lake under the umbrella.
Even though the temperature never rose high enough to make swimming mandatory, she had fun dipping her toes in the water, and then plopped down at the shoreline intrigued by the rocks under the water.
We picnicked on nibbles reminiscent of our honeymoon two years ago (great bread, good cheese, olives, salami, raspberry cider and some good Northwest microbrews) while Cora enjoyed a leisurely nursing and a Cora-esque 5 minute nap. Cora in the Baby Bjorn, we hiked along the lake shore under the beautiful trees.
We returned to the campsite to set up camp, enjoy some wonderful chili, and watch Cora become mesmerized by another fire. The three of us snuggled into the tent for warmth and had a good sleep.
Then this morning Cora entertained us with her antics, as she squirmed and shimmied, talked and smiled.
We'll leave you with a taste of Cora telling Nick all about how much she loved her first camping trip.
I think we'll have to do this again very soon.