Monday, October 5, 2015

On the Mountain

We have a campsite on top of one of the mountains on our property.  It is about a mile and a quarter hike up to it. 
 The twins love the new backpacks they got for their birthday.  Pierce is still using one of Paul's, but he is hoping to get a kid sized backpack for his birthday later this month.
 The hike up to the top is really steep.  The boys have been hiking up there as long as they can remember, though, so they don't complain.
 There are a couple of hammocks for hiking recovery, and plenty of trees for climbing, if you don't feel tired.

We have two spots at the top for cooking.  This is the spot we use if it is very dry or windy, because the big rock over the fire pit offers added protection.  Years ago Paul built several benches to go around the fire pits.  There was a time when the benches had signatures burned into them from people who had visited our campsite, but these faded with time.

There is also a horse shoe pit.  Paul beats me at horse shoes every single time.  This time, I lost 15/10.

Bo came up to the campsite but this is a rare siting.  Usually he's running all over the place nonstop, chasing birds.

No campout is complete until there are smores over the fire.  Sadly, we forgot to bring up the chocolate this time, but marshmallows with graham crackers are still tasty. 
Readers, do you enjoy camping out?

25 comments:

Annette said...

How fun! I love to camp, but sadly, we haven't had a chance to do it this year. Nothing beats hiking in the woods and then rewarding oneself with a yummy treat. S'mores are my favorite!

Linda said...

We aren't campers, but cooking anything on a fire tastes better. Even without the chocolate ;) Linda@Wetcreek Blog

Enie Dub said...

This looks like a lot of fun. I'd love to give camping out a go sometime.

Buttons Thoughts said...

What a perfect place and time to spend family time. Hug B

Harry Flashman said...

That's a great post, Lisa. You live in a really pretty place. Having a camp site way out in the woods is something I'm sure most people would give their eye teeth for.

I did too much camping in places like the Anatolian plateau and Korea to do it for fun anymore. When I was younger I liked to roam the national forest around my house, my son and I would go out and explore the woods for a few days at a time. Now I prefer my own bed and a hot shower.

Out on the prairie said...

I spend most of the summer in my tent. I like the feel being outdoors.I had a nice site on a friends parents property we built up and used it for years.I am headed out this week to go trout fishing in the NE part of Iowa.

Sally said...

No camping here in ages, but funnily (is that a word?) Hunter did this past weekend. :)

Your spot looks awesome and the boys happy! Love that.

xoxo

Betsy Adams said...

Oh how neat --to have a campsite on the top of a mountain on your own property... IF we were younger, we'd have a cabin with LOTS of land around it (like you have)... We love being out in the woods.. Food (any kind of food --even pork-n-beans) tastes so much better when cooked and eaten over a campfire... YUM...

Do you ever spend the night up there? What kind of wildlife do you have on your property? I'd want to get me a tent and spend the night up there.... LOVE IT.

What a neat post. Thanks.
Hugs,
Betsy

A Quiet Corner said...

Which I was up there with you all because I love camping out, however, someone I'm married to known as "old cranky pants" (especially when it comes to camping!) doesn't. He believes in luxuries...like beds, mattresses, bathrooms and TV!...:)JP

Jacquelineand.... said...

I love your campsite! What a cheerful post. =)

Love, love, love camping! The Great Scot? A motel without room service is roughing it, lol.

Beth from VA, . . ."E" said...

i love it. no kidding. i love getting away & just being one with the nature. the world. so perfect. there is nothing better. i come home & i wonder why do we put up with this stress ... get away out there is the greatest. i wish i (we) could do it more often. so fun! ( :

love the hammocks.

Endah Murniyati said...

That's really nice outdoor activity!

Lin said...

That's on your property?! As in, You can just walk there and camp out for the weekend???! Color me envious! I LOVE camping, but we have to get out of the city to do that and to escape all the people here.

Angie said...

How fun! We do love to camp but definitely had our feel of it this summer. I might enjoy it more if it was just a short hike from home though :)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I have never camped in my whole life,,, but my mommy camped all the time,, years ago,,, she said its the best thing in the world!
Wonderful photos!
love
tweedles

Lynn said...

these are great photos and to have your own camping site with pit and benches WOW..and hammocks to boot :-)

mail4rosey said...

How cool that you have that so close to you. Love the pic of the boys climbing the tree, and hurrah for hammocks! :)

Angie said...

we love camping - we need to do it more often. you all looked like you had a lovely adventure xx

Michelle said...

I grew up camping and we have taken our own children several times through the years. That first shot of your boys is very sweet.

Michael Manning said...

How fun to be reminded of climbing trees as a kid! But camping out must be the ultimate. :)

Linda said...

Yes, I like camping but my hubby doesn't. I think he's afraid of bears!

alissa apel said...

That is fun! We've camped in our backyard before. We should do it again. It's getting cold now though.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

It is amazing, I'm in love with your camping area. The boys look so cute!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I do enjoy going camping, but nothing compares to the memories I have of going as a child. I know your boys are going to have this love of the outdoors for a lifetime!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I'm still getting over that phrase "on top of one of the mountains on our property." How totally cool that you get to say that! And a private campsite to boot!