|View from campsite D29, White River.|
Not half way along our drive, we stopped for coffee (adults) and bagels (kids). Lily steps out of the van in her slippers and announced to everyone, with a giggle, that she didn't bring any shoes. What! No shoes? On a hiking and camping trip? I was already irritated with the constant drone of complaining and bickering from the rear of the vehicle. Likely because, although I am used to it and can tune it out of my reality, we had Amy with us. Poor Amy, she had to sit in the back amongst the whiners. And my guess is, she doesn't have the same skill set I do to tune it all out, and stare blissfully into space. The no shoes thing really took me over the top.
|Vista along the hike to Emmons Glacier.|
We chose the site anyway, but since the current tenants weren't packed out yet, we drove up the mountain to Sunrise Lodge. (6400 ft. elevation) That drive was intense. There were parts of it where we were up so high, the edge of the road was a mere 2 feet away (maybe more, but that's how it felt) and the cliff below that edge dropped drastically. I could barely keep my shit together. At least they served beer at the top.
When we got back to camp, we set it all up. I am proud to say I put up my tent all by myself. Jamie usually does this kind of thing, but he wasn't there. Amy and I were rockstars when it came to setting up and breaking down camp. Not to mention cooking and fire starting. And keeping our sanity.
Hike time! We set out to hike Emmons Moraine trail, which started at our campground. It was the most beautiful hike I have ever been on. The vistas were amazing, and the trail very well maintained. Take away all the complaining from my three kids, and it was everything I wanted hiking month to be.
|I can't do it.|
We had to bribe Tallulah with as much candy as she could eat after the hike, just so she would stand up and walk. "Mama, this is the longest I have ever gone without eating. My tummy has so many empty spots. I can't go on." But in the end, she did it and was extremely proud of herself. And pleased at the follow through of candy being offered at camp.
After a night of not sleeping, we played along the river and built some cairns to add to the many that had already been built. The adults all shared a moment of enjoying the fact that the kids were engaged and happy. Unfortunately, it was lunch time and we had to move on. Levi just couldn't handle the transition and the scene grew violent as he tried to beat me up because I we had to leave. I am sure the lady passing us on the trail wondered if she should stop and help. And perhaps if she hadn't of been there, I might have fought back a little more myself. He continued yelling at me even after I got him in the van. Finally a stern comment from his Grammy shut up him up.
By the time we stopped at McDonald's (yea, that's right, one last super mega processed meal before homesteading month begins) on the way home, he couldn't stop hugging me.
And with that, Hiking/Backpacking month is over. That's a wrap people.
I hiked. I camped. I backpacked. I cried. I laughed. I did it.
And I have my photos and my Smartwool to remember it always.
Looking forward to Urban Homesteading....