Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Return of the Big Red Tent

We recently enjoyed a fantastic camping trip about three hours south, in Big Sur. Our friends the Adairs reserved a beautiful group site and invited half the ward—and cooked for all of us! They were a flawless team, making cooking for seven little families look like just another day at the campground. AMAZING!

Trenton enjoyed lots of time with his BFF, Colton. They spent an entire evening either running from (imaginary) tigers or climbing this huge rock.

T actually asked me to go get the camera after submitting it first thing in the morning.

Roasted marshmallows for breakfast—why not??

After packing up Saturday morning, we drove just a few miles to Pfieffer Beach. These two cuties spent plenty of time screaming "RUN!" and sprinting from the waves.

I wish this beach was a little closer than three hours because it was gorgeous AND kid friendly. :) The still but clear water behind the boys in the above picture was perfect for them to play in. Not too deep, warmer than the ocean, and no crashing waves. As you can tell, Chase is really into smiling for the camera these days. Ha.

And sometimes T surprises me. :)

Even without preparing dinner or breakfast (thanks again, Nate and Annie!), camping is still unavoidably a lot of work. Ryan and I decided we're okay with a once-a-year camping trip for our family... At least for now. Although if all my friends are going (like they did this time), I could definitely be persuaded to up that number!

Last year's camping trip can be seen here and here.


  1. Wow, what a fun place for a camping trip. Glad you could go.

  2. Oh my goodness Erica! Your boys are SO so so cute!

  3. Even before Henry, Josh and I decided on a once a year camping trip. I can't imagine how much more difficult it gets with more children!

  4. I want to go to Big Sur so badly! That beach looks wonderful. I applaud you for going camping once a year. I think it's a worthwhile experience with memories you guys will treasure for years.

  5. I'm so glad you guys had a great time! I have couple great pictures of your boys from the trip...Once I get around to going through those pics I'll send them to you. Thanks for coming!

  6. Camping IS a lot of work. As they get a little older you'll enjoy it a little more, too, when you don't have to worry about eating dirt and where they might be wandering off to :)

  7. I can totally relate! We just got back from camping at the Grand Canyon yesterday. On the way home I decided that maybe 3 trips is the most camping I can handle in one year, it's just so much work. And that's only with one kid!