Photo Friday: Grover Hot Springs, California

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This past weekend, Scott and I trekked it out to the Tahoe area/Nevada border for a night of camping with the VV clan.

It was a loooong trip—about 6.5 hours each way—for such a short stay, but the end result was worth it for the clean, mountain air (and, of course, S’MORES).

Not to mention, the family bonding time and chance to huddle up to close to this one in a sleeping bag.

Because hot damn it was freezing at night (around 30 degrees).

Luckily, there was always a crackling fire going and a Grammie(/Joan) to snuggle up to if you’re small enough. (Lucky things.)

Plus, any chance to hang out with these munchkins, I’m all over like Jon Gosselin on, well, Ed Hardy, underage chicks and a chance at a cameo at Life & Style, if we’re being honest.

There were toys…

…and adventuring…

…silly faces…

…and hiding from the paparazzi, too, before we had our morning faces on.

At one particularly chilly point my hat and gloves disappeared…and then resurfaced from under a sleeping bag again, looking all innocent and such.

Miss Kiva taught me all about “rock bouldering.” “But you have to be very careful. I don’t have to be careful, though, because I’m an expert at bouldering,” the sassy one told me.

There was also Cat’s Cradle, and if that didn’t take me back…I tried to wow Kiva with my tea cup string trick, and she looked at me bored, as only a five year old can do, and said, “that doesn’t look like a teacup.”

Jack, on the other hand, is a little easier to please. Hand him an empty roll of toilet paper, and hours worth of entertainment ensue.

And if I do say so myself, our camp was the most well-decorated of all. Because no site is complete without eerie paintings of creepy children hanging from the trees…am I right?

Yes, it was the perfect weekend.

*All photos taken with a Canon XTi, 17-85mm lens or 10-20mm lenses, housed in a LowePro SlingShot.

**For more Photo Friday fun, head over to Delicious Baby.

  • October 16, 2009

    Mmm….s’mores. But um what’s the deal with the paintings? LOL

  • October 16, 2009

    I prefer the vertical angle on the image ( but you get the idea. Birthday presents used as creepy props!

  • October 16, 2009

    super fun! but really? paintings….? certainly makes for an original camping trip!

  • October 17, 2009

    Those kiddos actually look like they’re related to you more than to Scott!

  • October 17, 2009

    What the heck with the paintings? You know you have to explain more!

    I could never do the tea cup – I stunk at that stuff. I’m glad you had great time!

  • October 17, 2009

    I can be persuaded to go camping in the great outdoors, but I’m always happy to be back in a proper bed. I do take my down duvet and pillows, but I rarely go as far as taking the family portraits.

  • October 18, 2009

    AAAAHahaha! I love the paintings! Only next time, you should bring your own bear-skin rug, too. Then you’d be really classy!

  • October 18, 2009

    What a fun time it looks like you all had! But I am not sure I get the paintings?

  • October 18, 2009

    We called my grandmother Grammie, too. I like that. Looks like a pretty place.

  • October 18, 2009

    What a great weekend camping out with family. Love your decorated trees. Tahoe is always so gorgeous, but it is fall.

  • October 19, 2009

    GROVER Hot Springs? I have to go there! Long story about Grover and me, but that’s my screen name and alter-ego in a couple of online homes 😆

    I want some more explanation about the paintings, too!

  • October 19, 2009

    Looks like a great family camping trip.. But 30 degree? Wow!! I don’t know if we will survive that. And painting? Definitely the most unique items I have seen anywhere else. 🙂

  • October 20, 2009

    I need some string! I want to do Cat’s Cradle!

  • October 20, 2009

    I love the photos!! I just admire your site and wanted you to know. I follow and love to see the new adventures and pictures.


  • October 21, 2009

    I love camping and it’s been ages since I’ve been. Thanks for the spur to get my act together!

    I love that picture of you and Scott with the trees above you.

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