The kids and I enjoyed some camping company last weekend, and although I do like camping even with just the three of us, I really like sharing the experience with others. We camped overnight with Matt’s mom and sister, and his dad joined us for the day, at a lovely lake not far from home. We unexpectedly found huckleberries all around our campsite, we played in the lake, I got to do some hiking and trail running, and we ate all the obligatory wonderful, terrible camp food (hot dogs, marshmallows, chocolate, beans, chips, etc). From the past year of playing in the warm Florida ocean and now confronted with cold mountain lakes, the kids spent most of their lake time huddled under their towels; but when the weather turned hot enough I finally remembered the joy and refreshment of plunging into a cold lake on a hot day. We laughed and relaxed and I had a great time.
I like these three photos of the same spot. It was amazing to walk down to the lake multiple times during our trip and notice how different the view looked with the changing weather. Cloudy afternoon, sunny evening, bright morning… all so different and beautiful.