Bamboo Sprouts

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This was the best sunset we have seen yet from our living room!

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So good that I ended up making a mad dash down to the beach to catch it from there as well!

We realized that Rick only has a couple weekends available to camp with us this summer, so we loaded up and headed out!

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We also celebrated the big 1-0 for Levi!  Ten!  Double digits!

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He requested a castle cake with knights…on a CAMPING trip!  LOL  So all things considered, I think I pulled it off pretty well. ;)

But the truth is, pictures sometimes LIE.  Ha. This camp site was a pretty huge bummer! It was pretty much like sleeping next to a highway with big trucks honking their brakes all night. And although it was called Rainbow Falls, we never found any falls.  And the cute suspended rope bridge pictured online didn’t exist either.  So anyhow, after one LOUD night, we loaded up and headed back to Salt Creek!  Three and a half hours away, but worth it. :)

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We arrived at Salt Creek at about 2 and got the LAST campsite, with the help of a very kind ranger who had a good tip about a site that was reserved but the people were no shows!  The peeps played in the water for hours and we did all the campy stuff but the next day was foggy and very chilly!  We decided to load up and head into Port Angeles and hit the thrift store (lol) and the grocery store before heading back to camp. It was warmer by the time we got back and we hiked around a bit and saw the old bunkers and such. Even though the weather turned iffy on us, that was still better than sleeping next to the highway!  We have decided to rely more on the advice of friends here instead of the internet to choose sites in the future!

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Friends who have a beach house that they rent out to vacationers invited us to come stay there with them for The Fourth.  We enjoyed a lovely cookout dinner and homemade ice cream and looooots of fireworks. We were too busy enjoying the evening to really capture it well in pictures! A great time with great friends.

A friend and I loaded up our combined seven peeps and headed to a piece of paradise for a camp out.  The beauty and the fun made us all so happy.

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View from campsite!

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Most of our bunch!

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The pure joy.

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This was the most fun kind of camping!  The kids were so happy to be with friends and to get to play at the beach and eat fun food and plenty of marshmallows.  And I was so happy to get to spend real, quality time with a new friend.  We both decided that we are brave peeps!  She was brave to invite a bunch of (almost) strangers on their family camping trip, and I was brave to say YES.  :) Mostly we decided that it was so worth it!

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By the fire pit that is.  :) We had a visitor over and spent the evening out zipping and roasting dinner and dessert.

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We are a happy bunch of peeps.  :)