Well, this year's trip was a little more adventurous than we had hoped. Yes, we had plenty of good times- hiking, fishing, and relaxing. However, the second night, just after Todd and I had put the kids in the tent for bed, it started to thunder and lightning. And not an Oregon thunderstorm.... this was on the caliber of a midwestern thunder storm: huge rolls of thunder and lightning coming from all directions. It was both amazing and a bit scary all at once. Around 11, Todd and I decided to head into the tent. We put the stroller and the stove under the picnic table, just in case the thunder storm brought some rain, and then snuggled into our sleeping bags. Shortly after, the rain began. Lightly at first, but it quickly turned into a downpour... that didn't stop. After about 30 minutes of bucket of rain falling, it started to rain lightly inside the tent. Not good, right? Well, then Todd put his hand on the dogs blankets next to him and they were soaked...... which is when we realized that our tent was basically sitting in a lake of water. If you pushed your hand on the tent floor, it felt exactly like a waterbed. I unzipped the tent door to see that out tent was, in fact, in a huge puddle, about 4 inches deep, and our shoes were starting to float away.
So, Todd and I grabbed the kids and dogs, and we all piled into the car, where we slept for the night. Around 7 am it was still raining, but I broke down the campsite, we stuffed all of our wet and dirty gear into the car, and headed back to Portland. A disaster, but an adventure none-the-less.
Here are a few pictures of our adventure. Looking back, I wish I would have taken pictures of our tent in a puddle, but honestly, at the time, that was the last thing on my mind!
|The first day was so foggy we didn't have any views of Mt. Hood|
|We found some fairie homes...|
|And some really big trees....|
|Had a nice hike|
|And enjoyed the view from around the lake|
|Phoebe thought being dirty for 2 full days was pretty awesome...|
|Finn was helping Phoebe learn how to give kisses|
|And Todd got to take Finn fishing, although they didn't catch anything.|
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