Weekend Camping


We went camping this weekend in celebration of a friend’s 40th birthday. Once upon a time, 40 seemed so far away, but now that I am creeping up there myself, I can’t say I feel like I thought I’d feel. While I do feel like a grown-up (especially after the baby was born), I don’t feel as “grown-up” as I thought I’d feel by this point. I’m guessing it is true for most people, that though we live our adult lives every day, being grown-up doesn’t feel like we thought it would feel when we were kids thinking about being grown-up. Does that make sense?

Anyway, the highlight of this trip for me was the 2.2 mile hike to the Blue Pool, also known as Tamolitch Falls. The “Falls” actually no longer exists here. What used to be the upper section of the McKenzie river has been diverted, and now the water that fills this pool comes from an underground source. This is my favorite kind of hike -  with a destination, or “reward” at the end, and this one did not disappoint. As a matter of fact, the pool contained the bluest water I’ve ever seen in my life, more like a really deep turquoise. The photo does not do the color justice, nor does it even hint at it’s incredible depth.  Let me tell you, it was hard to resist the pull of all that glistening water on a summer day, but a quick temperature check with a dipped hand into the freezing cold instantly warned us that would not be a good idea.

And did I mention that I carried Chloe on my back on the hike up? I was pretty proud of myself. I think it actually made the experience more fun, hiking with friends with our babies on our backs. We brought the Beco carrier instead of the framed Kelty carrier because it packs down so much smaller in an already full car (Barkley was also with us). I’m happy to say the Beco continues to be worth every penny, although we use it less now than when Chloe was a newborn. And although camping with a toddler is quite challenging at times, I think it was still a good experience.

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7 thoughts on “Weekend Camping

  1. That’s breathtaking!
    I actually loved camping with our toddler. You just have to ignore all the dirt and remember to bring diapers…

  2. I am so impressed you camp with her! We’ve yet to try that yet. Looks so beautiful, Emily. Bill and I went backpacking in Oregon- three sisters and then a nat’l forest campground- prekids. Someday we’ll take the whole crew!

  3. camping with a toddler? I’m not there yet… then again, I don’t even like camping. But it might all be worth it to see that pool. It’s beautiful!! wow.

  4. Wish I had been there; it looks gorgeous!!! So glad you had a successful camping adventure with the little one. It can be challenging, but you’ll be glad you did it.

    On another note, have you tried the Deuter Kid Comfort series? The Kid Comfort II is your best bargain. Just enough bells and whistles but don’t spring for the III b/c that’s all your paying for. But the greatest advantage is that it carries much more like an internal frame backpack than an external. (And the kelty carries like a traditional external frame — a bit more cumbersome) When I was a buyer, we couldn’t keep them in stock. Everyone always came in wanting the Kelty because of the name, but after I would fit them and their little one, the Deuter would win. (They are a German company and from what I’ve been told much like the Kelty of Europe — with a little better engineering.)

  5. WOW that water is beautiful! I love hiking it’s so peaceful. I haven’t ventured the camping thing with my young ones yet. But maybe soon.

  6. So gorgeous! We are planning our first camping with kids trip in two weeks. I am so excited. We’ll be car camping and going with some neighbors of ours who have camped with their three kiddos before. Neal isn’t all that excited. I’m really looking forward to it, but a bit nervous too. I don’t think we have anything that amazing to look forward to at the end of our hikes, but Henry is pretty excited about s’mores.

  7. Hi — Lovely photographs. Wondering the name of the campground you stayed in on Lake Quinalt. Would you stay there again? thanks — Amy

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