Monday, June 18, 2012

Camping days are here again!

It's finally that time of year again!  This past weekend we broke out the camping gear and headed to McCall for a hiking/camping trip near Boulder Lake.  It was delightful.  There is definitely something about that mountain air. 
View of the Valley just south of McCall, Idaho
Boulder Lake, McCall, ID
The hike was perfect.  We were with some new friends who recently moved to Boise from Seattle, and we had fun talking and getting to know each other.  We stayed at the top of the mountain for quite a while because it was so nice in the sun with the light breeze, but around 5pm we hiked back down to the campsite near the lake in the first picture at the bottom of the mountain, and we hunkered down for the night.

Admittedly, I could have done without the mosquitoes, but thankfully our friends Dan and Kara came prepared with the bug spray David insisted we wouldn't need on the trip.  (Note to self: when packing for any trip, ignore my loving husband,  he always under packs and we are left scrambling... I still love you babe!)

After an awesome gourmet meal prepared by Dan and David, with the food that Dan and Kara brought for the trip, we all chatted for a while and then decided to tuck in for the night.  I was exhausted from a restless week of nightmares, and was ready to sleep soundly on our comfy new-ish camping gear with the sound of the waterfall nearby.

I wasn't sure we'd be able to let Linus sleep in the tent with us, because he's not very good at cuddling... I think he just gets too hot, but David thought we should at least try it out, and if all else fails, we'd throw him in the back of the car for the night.  Well, wasn't I surprised to find out that Linus is a camping pro.  He loved the tent and snuggling near our feet, and all three of us slept until 9am! 

We're so excited because now we have our sights on Stanley Lake in the Sawtooth Mountains for our next trip in a couple of weeks, and on that one, we won't have the car to throw Linus in (it's a five mile hike in up the mountain), so I'm super psyched that we can take him with us.  It's going to be so much fun!

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