Posts Tagged Camping

Gimme S’more

I heard today is National S’more Day. I sorta love that there is a day for everything, don’t you? Around here, we love to go camping partly for the sleeping under the stars and fresh air thing, and partly so we have an excuse to melt chocolate and catch things on fire thing… And as a result, I have a good collection of s’more-licious photos.
Here’s how we do things around here.

Step one, get a campfire going.
she's a camper FIP (24 of 31)Bonus points if people are playing guitar and singing together around said campfire.around the campfireStep two, gather your ingredients.mmmmmmStep three, make sure everyone has a good seat.189:366, getting dryStep four, get your pre-melt on. 168:365, smoresStep five, roast.roastingStep six, stack and squish. saturday night sweetsStep seven, EAT. 20120609-_MG_285220120609-_MG_285520120609-_MG_2853Keep chasing that light and your sweet-tooth!
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Long Weekend – Olympic National Park

Although my family and I recently celebrated our second year of living in Washington, we haven’t explored very much of this beautiful state that we now call home. Talking with friends and co-workers, we kept hearing about the Olympic Peninsula. We decided we really did need to get over there and check it our for ourselves.
UntitledAfter a bit of research, my husband discovered a campground, complete with hot springs and hiking. This sounded great to me! And that was how our first camp trip of 2016 happened. Even though I didn’t take my camera into the hot springs area (it felt too invasive of the other patrons privacy, and I just didn’t want to worry about it getting wet), I did have my cameras out for the other highlights of the weekend.
UntitledOne of the best parts of the weekend was the zero cell service in the Sol Duc Valley. Not being able to have the instant gratification of my iPhone and posting photos to Instagram was so very good for me. I put my phone away and I pulled out my Canon, a disposable camera, and my brand new toy- the Fuji Instax Mini 90. I had a blast testing out the light and the settings on this little point and shoot gem.

Here are a few of my favorites with the new camera: pastries from a pit-stop in Poulsbo, WA. This place is drooooool worthy and going to be a go to any time we head to the Peninsula! And a shot of my husband, in full “Camp Boss” mode.
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HimIt felt really great to pick up the dSLR, and I am really happy with these family photos from the weekend.
20160415-IMG_8510Campfires, slug hunting, and reading about the story of Sol Duc hot springs.
20160416-IMG_8544 Putting his parkour training to use and exploring around the camp ground. 20160415-IMG_8521 A serious case of the giggles. 20160416-IMG_8557 More shenanigans, I guess all that fresh air makes us silly. She was a Ogg from the planet Ogg. UntitledAn iPhone snap taken while on the trail during my solo run, aptly named “Lover’s Loop”.
20160417-IMG_8566 20160417-IMG_8575 And finally, hiking in to Sol Duc Falls trail with my crew. The water was so powerful, loud and strong.20160417-IMG_8584 20160417-IMG_8593All in all, we enjoyed the camping, but decided next time we would probably make Sol Duc a day trip and not stay an entire weekend at the site. The hike to the falls was beautiful and a perfect length for the kids. I could see us doing a day hike ending in a good soak in the end.  This trip has me looking forward to the camping season this summer!! If you have any good spots for us to check out here in Washington, leave me a note in the comments!

Keep chasing that light,

Vanessa

Coastal Camping | Washington Photography

My family and I took the weekend off and headed to the Washington Coast. It was our first camp trip since moving to the Pacific Northwest, and it did not disappoint.  It was damp and wet, but it was also beautiful and green.  Saturday was a perfect mix of fog and sun breaking through the mist. We wandered along the beach, played in the campground, sat in the sun and enjoyed the day.
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