camping big meadows


it's been almost two weeks without blogging.  between starting an awesome new job and having a 7 year old computer that doesn't want to work it just hasn't happened.  but the fun continues regardless of the online documentation!

last weekend we headed west to the shenandoah mountains for some car camping and hiking with our friends jenn and mark (and their new fur child, yalla!).  car camping is the best kind of camping because when the bears come, you can get in the car. 

thankfully no bears came to eat us in the night, and there were no rattlesnakes like last time.
 we arrived, had lunch, and went straight off for a lovely hike along a river
 ^^belle can't resist a swim^^
 ^^lots of rain and extreme humidity left the trails damp and mushrooms were growing everywhere. it was almost tropical^^
 after the hike we set up camp and started the fire.  bella is very scared of fires after our house caught fire a couple of years ago.  she won't even be in the kitchen while we're cooking!  so campfires are not her favorite thing.
 ^^me trying to condition bella to associate fire with momma love^^
 ^^my conditioning doesn't work, she just wants to get away... so her dad comforts her :) ^^
 ^^yalla! belle and bella love their new cousin!^^
 ^^their new cousin loves to eat sticks^^
 ^^my favorite picture from the weekend, a visit from a beautiful butterfly^^
we had a relaxing afternoon and a delicious grilled dinner.
^^the campfire made some cool lighting for my cool love^^

the most interesting part of our camping trip was sunday morning when i was woken by the sound of bella leaving the tent.  as i climbed out to get her, wondering how she had opened the zipper, i heard eric ask where belle was.  belle was GONE!!  so at the bright and early hour of 6am, we were yelling for our missing daughter.  then in the distance we heard the faint jingle of her collar and she eventually appeared out of the woods.  she ran directly into our tent, with muddy feet, and proceeded to puke all over eric's new sleeping bag.  and i think it was deer poop.

seems like she had herself a nice little morning stroll before any of the humans got up.  it was terrifying for a few minutes, until she came back and then it was hilarious... and also disgusting.

one great thing about getting up early is getting to see the beautiful morning in the meadow!
a nice part of driving out to the mountains is going through all the little towns along the way.  there are so many cute shops and of course i just continue to buy plants and more plants.  our newest addition is this medley of california succulents.
p.s. happy 3-day-weekend friday!

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