Thursday, May 26, 2011

On My Mind....Camping!



August 2010 - West Boulder Meadows.

On my mind today is camping, or a possible lack there of. 
July 2010.
August 2010 - West Boulder Meadows.
Memorial Day is the "official" start of camping season around here.  With a long weekend ahead and the winter fading to memory behind it seems to be the perfect time to hit the trails and explore the countryside.  I want to run down the dirt trails.  I want to watch the wildlife.  I want to lay under the stars in the sky so black.  I want to have a sing-a-long beside the campfire.  I want to hear the streams rush by as I drift off to sleep.  In short, I really long to go for camp out.  
July 2010.  My first wild bear sighting.
From out first visit to the Big Horn Canyon in August 2008.
August 2010 - West Boulder Meadows.
Oh, but this rain, rain, rain this week!
Playing Travel Scrabble in the tent during a rain storm.  August 2010 - West Boulder Meadows.
Adam and Matt laughing, singing and playing - July 2010.
August 2010 - West Boulder Meadows.
Matt and I had plans to take the weekend up near Big Timber, but now it is looking like we might stay home instead, much to my disappointment.   Nah, that isn't quite right.  If the weather is crummy I won't be too disappointed really.  I mean, I don't want to spend a weekend trapped in my tent by the rain or risk traveling potentially flooded roads just to camp.  If the time isn't right there is no need to force the issue.  As I recently mentioned, Mother Nature is in charge here and I will go with her bidding.  We are watching the weather and road reports and what is meant to be will be. 
August 2010 - West Boulder Meadows.
August 2010 - West Boulder Meadows.
Matty is a fantastic camp chef.  August 2010 - West Boulder Meadows.
If we end up staying at home I am sure we will compensate with day-trips to nearby state parks and recreation areas for bird watching and hiking.  Even if we get completely drenched to the bone it is no bother when you have a warm house and dry clothes to return to. 
July 2010.
August 2010 - West Boulder Meadows.
July 2010.
No matter what I am sure we will enjoy ourselves wherever we end up...we pretty much always do.  Life is what you make of it.
August 2010 - West Boulder Meadows.

8 comments:

  1. OK... what is the bird? I'm intrigued! I'd love a weekend get-a-way myself but gas cost is a real downer for traveling. I hope you have a tremendous weekend whatever you do.

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  2. LOVE the pics! I soo miss camping too. Same here: rain, rain, rain these days. The perpetual damp just made me think of camping last night...when I got in bed, the sheets felt damp as if I were crawling into bed in our tent/camper. Do I have to turn the air conditioner on just to get rid of this excess moisture? ugh!

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  3. Life IS what you make it and you and Matt look very comfortable out there in the wilderness. The scenery there is stunning! I hope the weather clears so you can go camping soon.

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  4. WOW! Thanks for sharing your wonderful camping adventures! Lovely, photo's you have posted.. On My Mind: this week is prepping for survival outside the home...~~HUGS~~ for a happy weekend

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  5. Your camping spots look incredibly scenic. I would be scared of those bears though! We just started camping again this year and we love it. Hope you have a great weekend wherever you end up :)

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  6. Well I hope you have a lovely weekend whatever it brings. Your photos are lovely.

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  7. Wow a bear in the wild, how exciting! We got alot of scary/dangerous animals here in Aus, but luckily none have the size of your bears! Lovely countryside.

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  8. The weather is still a tad iffy for camping, but I that's okay. I had the happy thought "imagine how much I can do around the house with three days off at home!" I will be cooking and crafting and bird watching for sure.

    Becky, the bird is a grouse, but I was never able to positively determine which kind of grouse. They look awful similar, especially the females. It was really neat though: we were hiking and all the sudden were in the middle of a flock of them sneaking through the tall grass.

    Oh, the bear! That was exciting! I was scared for about 1 minute until I realized we were safe enough away and the bear wasn't ambling our way. Than it was just amazing.

    Thanks for stopping by everyone and I am glad you enjoyed the photos. Have a grand weekend!

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