As I sit to write this, I feel rich because of the camping trips I have had this season. Not because they were to the most exotic places imaginable, but because they were trips made with friends and lasting memories were created. There were 2 trips in Tennessee, 1 in Kentucky, 1 in North Carolina, and 1 in Washington. On 2 of the trips people came from 4 different cities to join in on the fun. We hiked, told stories, played games, cooked food, had deep conversations, burned wood (and other things), and laughed much. Friends plus nature is so beautiful and good for the soul. Here are some of the people, some of the laughter, from those trips. (One trip has no photo documentation due to much rain… so here are pictures from four trips.)
Four friends from college days reunited.
Marriage is good.
So is falling in love.
“Come on Pam… I’ll help you make it over the barbed wire fence.” On this hike, I was the only person under 6 feet tall. And yes, with help, I did make it.
I told you there was laughter.
For mother and daughter, fantasy stories fill the hours.
“Aren’t you impressed with my packing?”
Getting ready to hike a beach on the Pacific Ocean to find a campsite.
Down there is where we camped listening to the ocean through the night. Just like camping when I was a kid – except a lot colder.
That mustache is the source of endless conversations. That look… well… what is family for but to document such things?!
My beautiful mom.
This was course one of dinner that night. Yes, we are all diving into the pot with spoons so as to avoiding doing dishes as much as possible.
Just to demonstrate that I do in fact believe in eating well while camping.
The brothers use creative measures when no ladder is available.
“L come over here and help out.” “What?” “You are so much lighter than M.” I love the expressions on their faces.
No, he is not an invalid. Yes, there was laughter.