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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Nothing like a weekend in the canyon!

My family (including but not limited to - Parents, brothers, brothers girlfriends, some cousins, some other cousins, friends, etc. - because if you know my Mom she invited you) decided to do a weekend camping trip before it became too cold. This included 2 very large combined camp sites at Redmond Campground (possibly my new favorite local spot) a bunch of full size trucks filled with coolers, tents, sleeping bags, barrels and barrels of the best firewood not available for purchase, chairs, chairs, chairs, fishing poles, lanterns, the top 3 drawers in my Mom's kitchen, too much food, monopoly, cards lets see did I mention food we had so much food. This was the first time we (Nonda, the kids and I) have been camping together. This might be the first time Nonda has ever been camping in his life (camping on the beach at a lake doesn't count) We hiked up to Twin Lake one day to fish and let me just tell you that I have some troopers for kids. The trail head says 1 mile no big deal, right? It is almost straight up and made up of very loose rocks. They did so great! Fishing wasn't very exciting, however Jeff decided to wander out to get his line unstuck from a rock. He ended up falling in the water and getting his feet attacked by fish. That was priceless, thank goodness for cameras. We even saw lots of baby ducks. For some "Random" (see pic) reason almost all of they guys on our hike wore a red shirt, 5 out of 7. Even more "Random" Eric and Russell even wore the exact same red shirt. Needless to say this got us some strange looks, but better yet helped for strangers to give some of our group directions to where the rest of our group had gone when we got seperated. And we didn't even have to ask, the guy was just so proud that he knew we were together, he offered the information. We roasted lots of marshmallows and made lots of smores. Andy even broke out the ukulele. It was such a perfect weekend. I wish we took advantage of the mountains we live so close to more often.











8 comments:

MisterE said...

The only thing about the random guy giving us directions is that is was to some other group of people who were also wearing red. But it was still nice or Mr. Norway to try and point us in the right direction since Dan's directions did nothing!

Brittany Stephens Merrill said...
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Brittany Stephens Merrill said...

Way cute family picture! You look great! Demitri is so dang tall...or is that just the picture effect?

Joel and Carrie said...

quite the cosmopolitan family you've got there, i thought a turned a page in the magazine about celeb hikers when i got onto your blog. :)

Kristen said...

Michelle-
You don't look like you have aged a bit!
Very Cute Kids :) !
Kristen

Nonda's Wife said...

Okay I hate to be so ignorant.. Which Kristen is this?

Eddie the Girl said...

beautiful land scape. cute family pic!! and that is a banjo silly ;)

Nonda's Wife said...

Oh goodness!! That is a banjo, I knew it was a banjo. I do know the difference between the two, I think I still wish I was in Hawaii...and why exactly didn't you join us on our trek?? Is that the same time you left to help Tom move?