Friday, July 18, 2008

Loft Mountain- July 2008

We had our first tent camping trip of the year last weekend. It was a wonderful time with friends in the Shenandoah National Park. We drove up Friday morning (yes, in the Civic!) and arrived at Loft Mountain campground around lunchtime.

On our way up Skyline Drive, we saw this little guy crossing the road. Unfortunately, we weren't quite fast enough with the camera. We did get a shot as he slipped into the forest.

Our massive tent! Home away from home!

Brandon taking a break from building our weekend home!

Boomer wasted no time getting stung by some woodland bug. His eye and lip swelled.
Poor boy!

Evelyn taking a break!

Eden loved snuggling Cooper the great dane!

Enjoying the campfire!

This big guy came right through our campsite! No fear of humans in the park!

We chose a hike based on the description that it was easy. It was a 1.8 mile hike from Ivy Spring Overlook to Ivy Spring. It only took us a short while to decide that the hike was not going to be easy enough for the little ones and we put the toddlers in carriers. The part we weren't prepared for was the part where Boomer's knee gave out. We were only about 1/4 mile into the hike and Brandon had to take Boomer back to the car. He is still recovering. Cooper also managed to tear his pad on one of his paws.

Brandon, before he left us.

The view at an overlook while hiking.

Amy and Eden.

Playing and having lunch at Ivy Creek.

Eden was worn out on the trip home. She put her silk over her head (presumably to play hide and seek) and put her sunglasses overtop! Within minutes, she was asleep!

What a wonderful trip! I am ready to get out there again! Anyone want to go camping?

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