Sunday, June 21, 2009

1st family camping trip of 2009!

I have been harboring a little jealously towards Ben as he got to go on his family's traditional camping, fishing and rafting trip down the Gunison Gorge so we decided to kick start our camping for this year. Our destination was Glenwood Canyon, Avalanche creek campground. It was quite the drive for just one night of camping joy but it was well worth it.

As always this camping trip was done in classic Carney style, meaning we couldn't just camp at a normal camp ground, NO. The Campground Ben choose was off the main road along a rickety dirt road which had been ripped apart by mud slides, through a creek and into a wilderness of pristine beauty.

Jack was enthralled by everything Ben did. Ben put the tent up, Jack looked in wonder and called it our house. Ben looked for wood, Jack looked for wood. Ben broke wood, Jack broke wood. Ben started the fire, Jack tried to start the fire until I quickly intervened and gave him a lesson on fire safety, leaving Jack watching with wide eyes.

Jack slept like a gem. Ben and I slept great too, which was a treat as we have been sleep deprived due to Jack's toddler bed issues. Morning came, we were snuggled happily in our sleeping bags. After a morning fire and breakfast we packed up and began a day full of adventure.

A tiny hike up Avalanche Creek was great! Jack threw stones while Ben and I marveled as the our surroundings

Then off to Hay creek falls and an amazing view that will take your breath away.

We joined Glenwood Spring for their Starwberry days.Ate a lovely lunch and walked around a bunch of booths selling weird jewelry, jerky, art and fortune telling.

Hanging Lake was the last destination of the day and it was phenomenal. The hike was a little kick in the butt. It's not very long just 1.5 miles there but the catch is you basically deep lunge up boulders the entire time with brief breaks of crossing bridges. Ben was super man in a skinny body carrying our 30 pound Jack, who persistently wriggled from side to side and front to back. The lake was glorious and further up we found an impressive water fall and sprouting rock, which was basically water shooting out of a hole in the face of the mountain.

Don't you love how Jack is grabbing my boob in this photo! HA!

Well, it was a trip to remember. Jack was a gem until the ride home so who can complain and Ben, well he is my favorite person so I was tickled pink to have him by my side all weekend enjoying each other, our boy and the GREAT outdoors.


bec portsmouth said...

looks like a lovely place jess x

Lesley-Ann said...

What scenery, great photos and it looks like you had a fab time X

SoccerMan said...

Sweet pics Jess! tru talent!

♥ kimberly said...

What a great weekend?! It looks like a beautiful place to be 'lost' in.

Atkinsons said...

We love Hanging lake. I have probably been up there 4 times and once hiked it pregnant with Megan. Glad you enjoyed it. See you saw the coke ovens.

Sian said...

that looks lovely! love the boob grab, and the look on his face is priceless!

Hayley said...

Great scenery! I wish I could get excited about ever going camping but I know it'll never happen! I don't see the joy in it but I'm glad you seem to found it! Any tips???? xx

Tamie said...

those are some great pictures jess! and yes, still just a titch jealous that we couldn't come with this trip--next time!!!!!
and hey, jack's just making sure you're still all there ;-)

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