About three or four miles down the trail we headed across a large meadow and chose a camp, nestled into the trees, with the river nearby.
I will tell you though, the night before we left Jason and I wondered if we were really going to be able to do this as a backpacking trip. The alternative being to go somewhere we could drive into, with warm blankets and extra food in the car. It just seemed like we might not be able to carry everything we needed for a two night trip. We decided we might be crazy, we laughed at ourselves a lot. Glad we decided to try...
Our girls are such good little campers, even after hiking all that way. We had to get started on camp chores right away. Gathering firewood, filtering water. And Chessa was the cutest little campfire helper!
She was so pleased to be helping with this important task.
And then daddy started the fire.
And the girls rested and watched. It can sometimes take a while to start a fire when you aren't using matches. (But don't worry, we had some matches just in case.)
Little tiny coal.
Little bundle of tinder.
Hands that work so hard to take care of us!
And fire to keep us warm during the chilly evening,
to cook our yummy dinner of carrots and potatoes,
and to dance for us in the dark forest night.
Next morning, back to camp chores, you want to get that fire going again quickly!
(It seems there is going to be a camping theme here this week...)