So we have officially survived our first camping adventure as a family!
Duane and I have spent the last 9 May Long's rain or shine in a tent (except for last year while I was sporting a baby belly and we visited the lovely Morgan Camille in Vancouver). For me this weekend marks the true start of summer...or at least the camping season. Over the years we have certainly seen some varied weather. But perhaps none quite like this year!
We managed to only make it out for one night this year. But what a night it was! Our good friends have some land out in Waiparous upon which they have started building their dream home. It's a beautiful location. Not quite in the Rocky Mountains, but certainly with that feel. It was their first time meeting our baby girl and we absolutely enjoyed our visit with our old friends.
We made it out there Sunday afternoon and spent a glorious day enjoying the outdoors. This play included a trip to the river where Eavan had a chance to feel the open water on her toes for the first time :)
The sun was shining and beaming a glorious 24 degrees of love onto us and despite hearing numerous forecasts calling for snow the following day we simply couldn't believe it.
Well, the weather man didn't lie. That evening sitting around the campfire (our 1st for the season, yay!) it was warm, but the clouds began to spit a little. So we trekked back to bed and I curled up with my little girl in my arms and the rain really began to pour..and pour...and pour! And sometime during the night the temperature dwindled lower, and lower. And the rain turned to snow. And I shivered. And tucked my baby girl closer to me under the covers, trying to make sure she was warm enough.
And so throughout the night, the snow fell and fell in the thick, sticky substance that a May snowstorm brings. Som etime during the night, the vestibule on our tent decided it had had enough and it caved to the pressure of it's heavy intruder. Of course when this happened, the entire family woke (if we ever did really fall asleep).
We spent the next morning huddled in the trailer of our friend's trying to warm up, and eventually made it out to the warmth of a campfire (which I am still trying to rid from my hair!). But alas, we survived camping yet another May long weekend in Alberta. Where you never really know what you are going to get. And this time we did it with a teething baby by our side. So, if anything, I now have confidence that this is the first of many fun adventures into the outdoors for our little family.
And in the meantime...it's still snowing here. This has got to be the LONGEST winter I have ever seen. And I have to admit...I visited the Westjet site this morning. Just in case there were any sales to Phoenix :) There weren't...so I guess I'm stuck here for a while!
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