Friday, June 08, 2007

Family Vacation in the Wilderness

Our family spent last Sunday-Wednesday in the Jefferson National Forest. It was about a 5 1/2 hour drive over to far Western Virginia to the Mountain Lake Region. We woke up Sunday morning ready to shove off in the pouring rain (never a good sign for the start of a camping trip). Nevertheless, we had a wonderful time and managed to stay pretty dry.

All Packed up and Ready to Leave

Our campsite

Fun in the Tent!
We got in to our campsite with very little day light left (due to car problems along the way and other ??? reasons). It was also still raining, so we set up as quick as we could and went straight to bed at 8:30 (which made a VERY long night!)
We decided to bring along the pack n' play for Luke so we could actually try to sleep without chasing him all night.

We did LOTS of hiking. Ethan did GREAT walking and we carried Luke in a backpack

Stopping for a little drink.
We found a caterpilliar!

On our way home, we decided to hike up to a waterfall. It turned out to be a 4 hour/ 4 mile hike. It was a pretty difficult hike, but worth all the effort at the top. I must mention that my burley husband carried both boys during the tough sections of the hike to spare his pregnant wife. My HERO!!

A rest in the rocks!

Along one of the trails there were Blue Bird boxes that you could open and look at the babies!

Camping Life
Tying up daddy


Roasting hot dogs!
Daddy pumping our drinking water
Driving in daddy's lap - Not mommy's favorite of ideas!!!

Packing up to go home!

Nothing a little bleach can't fix, right??


Karis said...

I am so impressed that you were game to camp while pregnant, Carissa! I hope you had an air mattress. Great job on the hiking to all of you! Looks like y'all had a lot of fun on this adventure.

Travis and Becky said...

you are the bravest woman in the universe! awesome pictures. i just want to hug your boys. someday we'll see each other again. =(

Nate, Kris & Adrianna said...

You're amazing, Carissa. Only you would go hiking 4 miles pregnant with two little ones. Someday I'll be like you!!!!! I'm glad you guys were able to get away for a much needed vacation, I'm sure. We're finding out that summers are busy for youth pastors. :-)

Tad and Hannah said...

Hey guys! Great pictures!!

Tad and Hannah said...

K, just wanted to make sure it would work ... all i see are Chinese characters. :o) I haven't been on in such a long time! Looks as tho u guys had a great time - yay!!! Oh, i LOVE the train cake! You're so good at that stuff! Love u and miss you all!!

Andy and Davina said...

WOW! You are the woman!! Tell Ben that you get a gold star (or a pedicure :) ) for being so adventurous! You are definitely a great mom for your boys.

Leah (Parrish) Millan said...

Carissa-- scrolling through those pictures of your wilderness vacation put a smile on my face! You are such a cute mamma!

Beth and Jason said...

I LOVE the dirty socks picture! The other pics look so fun and perfect and all and then comes the practical one that shows what a wilderness camping trip is really like. We love camping. I wish we were around to do it together. Hey, we're hoping for a girl for you so that someday when we're all together (!) We'll have 3 older boys and 3 younger girls between the two of us. :)

jeileenbaylor said...

What a blast! That sounds like such a fun family time together :o)

partyofsix said...

what a fun trip. sounds exhausting yet wonderful! yes, you are amazing.

Nate, Kris & Adrianna said...

Hello, my friend Carissa!!!!!! I'm wondering how you're doing and when your new baby is due. Hope you all are doing well!!!!!