Friday, July 8, 2011

Camping with the boys

Jeff and I took the boys camping at our favorite spot: Dowdy Lake in the Red Feather Lakes region near Fort Collins. What a beautiful area! The camp ground surrounds a small lake where you can tent camp just feet away from water. We left on Tuesday and barely got the tent up before we were caught in a downpour. Will and I had just walked up to the car to get more supplies when the heavens unloaded upon us. Luckily, we had the iPad with us in the car. Will and I cuddled up together to reduce his nervousnesses about thunderstorms and then started playng some music. First song on the playlist- "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles. I couldn't have asked for a better song to calm him down.

Once the stormed subsided, we finished setting up and the boys went exploring. Jackson climbed every rock around eventually creating a tour he took us on the next day with a few other summits he wanted us to climb with him. The boys were also fascinated by the craw dads in the lake. Jackson took some convincing, but eventually realized the craw dad wouldn't bite him if he picked him up correctly- I had to be the one to show him! Once he caught one, he wanted me to cook it for him to eat. Luckily he ended up changing his mind.

Jeff and I took turns running on Wednesday and Jackson ran with me one loop. Jackson and I worked some more on his learning how to play cribbage. He wants to be able to play with his Papa Ross when we get to Minnesota.

Both Tuesday and Wednesday were wonderful relief days from the hot sun of Littleton. It was a short trip but a lot of fun. We came in with rain and left with a beautiful morning on the lake.

(Jackson wanted to try fried SPAM- he liked it)
(Will showing me he looks like toothpaste-"super white")

(Jackson and Will heating up their backs and then flying around the campsite)

(Jackson and Will playing in the lake)

( Our campsite)

(Jackson with his crawdad)

(Jackson climbing)

(Jackson and Will exploring)

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