I wasn’t going to write anything up about our camping trip last weekend until I saw this video Jeff posted today. So cute, I had to share:
Since it is rather difficult to child-proof a campsite, Ellie was getting into everything (no, don’t lunge into the tent; no, don’t pull on the propane hose to the camp stove; no, don’t play near the fire…) and driving us rather batty. Out of desperation, I pulled out Ellie’s shovel and pail. And suddenly, all that other stuff didn’t matter. There was dirt. Dirt. LOTS OF DIRT! As you can see in the video, her shoes and socks were the favorite receptacles (followed distantly by the pail and the camp chairs). Ellie spent the rest of the weekend looking like Pig-Pen from the Peanuts comic strip. Seriously, a dirt cloud followed her around.
One of our favorite things to do, when we go to the campsite in Newhalem, is to stop at Cascadian Farm – an amazing roadside stand – for blueberries on the way up and raspberry chocolate chip ice cream on the way home. We bought two large baskets of blueberries for pancakes and munching. Ellie loves blueberries and literally would have eaten all of them in one sitting if I had let her. The problem is that she couldn’t say blueberries. Each time she did, it came out “boobies!” no matter how many times we corrected her. Honestly, I think she could say it just fine, but chose not to because her parents were trying VERY HARD not to laugh and she thought it was funny to watch us turn purple.
The other fun thing was that Ellie started using her name. A lot. She has responded to her name for months, and has mimicked us when we say her name, but she had never taken ownership of it before. Now it’s “Ellie’s boots,” “Ellie’s bowl,” “Ellie sit down” (don’t know where she picked that one up from). But, she is having some difficulty with that word too, and it comes out as “Addie.” Addie seems to fit her pretty well too.
As I’m sure we’ve mentioned, Newhalem is far and away our favorite place to go car camping. The sites are good, they have toilets a short walk away, the town of Newhalem is close enough to walk to through the beautiful Trail of the Cedars, and there is a visitor’s center with a fireplace, bookshop, ranger station, and an amazing view of the Picket Mountain Range. If you are a “comfortable camper” like we are, this is the place!