August 28, 2013

We Sorta Went Camping.

So we finally went camping! I camped for one night only. We went to an extended family member's house who lives way out of the way, and they have a house that backs up onto a river. It's GORGEOUS! And we had a whole house/kitchen/BATHROOM 20 feet away. It was all SWELL.

A few of Julia's cousins were also staying at the house and Julia had the greatest time swimming in the lake, paddling in a kayak with her cousin, and riding on a tractor with her great-uncle. We roasted marshmallows and then had pancakes in the morning.

We played croquet. Card games. It was all such fun.

So why did I only last 1 night in our cozy little tent? (we were there for 3 days)

Well, in addition to all of this Cool Stuff, there was a train. A BIG LOUD NOISY TRAIN that crossed on the train track on the other side of the river, which was not that far away from us.

This freight train, which seemed to run about 4-5 times a night up and down this track, SOUNDED LIKE A HURRICANE blowing through, each time it went by. My daughter slept right through it all, but I sadly did not. I am a very light sleeper.

So I had to abandon our tent on the 2nd night and go sleep inside. I am a Very Poor Camper Indeed. Maybe I would be better off in a cabin.

This was as close to glamping as one could get, what with the giant house being nearby and all, and the homemade meals being served, and I STILL COULDN'T HACK IT.

Sigh. I am a delicate flower.

 Air mattresses! I had an awesome air mattress! But those trains.....they did me in. Oh, I'll show you the full cover of the ghost story book I was reading...in October, because I live to be a book tease.

Oh and here's another shot of that faux European-esque town that I wrote about in this post. We drove through the town of Leavenworth on our way to our camping destination. I have no idea about the history behind this place, but someone, sometime decided to build a Bavarian-inspired town up in the mountains. It's delightfully kitschy and Bavarian by way of Disney by way of....not sure what. Even the banks have old timey Bavarian writing on their signs. Even the grocery stores!

There's a Christmas store that's open all year round. Seriously, someone needs to explain to me why this town exists.

We had lunch in this town and we ate some kind of schnitzel, spatzle, and red wine vinegar cabbage. Not the most weather appropriate fare, but it was fabulous. I need to be eating more spatzle, I tell you what.

SO, we camped. Kinda. We had fun family cousin/grandma/aunty/uncle time. I am terrible at croquet. Trains really bother me. What else. Oh school starts soon! Hurray for fall!

22 comments:

  1. Yay! You finally did go camping! That picture with the arrow pointing to the house did make me laugh out loud. But it's a great thing you were able to experience camping with the comfort of a nearby home! The outdoors look incredibly beautiful on your photos! The Bavarian exteriors reminds me of the Von Trapp family building Bavarian-style houses once they moved to the USA. Maybe this is the creation of one of their children/grand children?

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    1. ha ha, yeah I wanted to make the bathroom proximity very clear! I should have researched more about how the town came into being but was too lazy...i think my step dad knows or knew the guy who built it!

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  2. I love your version of camping. Don't worry about being a wimp... I probably would have wimped out after the first night. Sleeping outside leaves me achy, even with a big fluffy air mattress.

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    1. I feel like we should try it at home too, but then we'd have roosters crowing at 4 am.....the great outdoors is SO NOISY!

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  3. Yep- that's about my style of camping. For one night- near restrooms- on the lawn. And then I've had it. :) We're on the same page. It looks like you had a wonderful time though! So, did Julia sleep in the tent for the rest of the stay? I bet my kids would want to, but would then chicken out if there weren't any grownups sleeping outside. I'm glad you got your camping trip in!

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    1. she did! she and Andrew stuck it out for the other night :)

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    2. good job Andrew! what a good sport! :)

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  4. Haha! Happy camping! I would have trouble sleeping near a train, too. So would Mr. B - it would remind him too much of work.

    And the little German town looks awesome! It reminds me of Helen, Georgia, another German town in the mountains. I love all-year Christmas stores, too. No one would let me run into the one in Cape May this year. ;o(

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    1. All year Christmas stores = the greatest!!! (they had Halloween stuff too)

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  5. haha, well, you've camped one more day than I've ever camped ;) I've never been moved to want to try it, lol! And all that equipment looks like a big commitment!
    What a totally adorable little town though!!! I wish I could just happen onto a dreamy little bavarian town ;) And who doesnt love christmas ALL year?

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    1. I once knew a lady who kept her Christmas deco up all year long. true story!

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  6. I've been to Leavenworth- isn't it a trip? I love how every business, even the larger chains, starts with "Der" or "Das". Our running joke since going there for a friend's wedding 10 years ago is that we have to stop by "Der Napa" for some oil, or "Das Safeway" for groceries. Every building has that alpen-style carved wood facade, it cracks me up! We actually went last winter for another friend's wedding right around Christmas and the town was totally gangbusters with Christmas stuff!

    Glad you finally got into a tent, even if just for one night. Das freight train would drive me nuts too.

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    1. ha ha ha ha!!! totally! oh and HAUS. Everything is blah blah HAUS. The Candy Haus, The Angel Haus, The Waffle Haus. Andrew especially wants to go to the Waffle Haus someday.....

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  7. Now that is my kind of camping.
    And that train thing would be too much for most.
    Don't you feel bad.

    :)

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    1. Oh you understand! I was a bit disappointed in myself :)

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  8. that's what i would have done. no doubt about it.
    i would have eaten some marshmallows, told a ghost story and tucked in my girl and then i woulda said...sayonara.

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    1. I at 5 marshmallows and 2 smores. I still feel ill. :)

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  9. I thought it was Leavenworth! So, I am dying DYING to know if you stopped at the dirty gross reptile museum between there and Seattle???

    We did... with lots of hand sanatizer!!

    I just can't comment on topic, I'm sorry, I unable to do so for some reason!!

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    1. OH!! You didn't have a foil dinner! What happened? ;)

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    2. AAAAH! Totally forgot!!!! We'll do that at home. Can't believe I forgot about the foil dinners!

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    3. i think we missed the reptile museum. there's a reptile museum??

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  10. that town looks awesome!!

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