Be careful what you wish for! All summer we complained about the heat. You could even hear a collective cheer in Portland last week when we finally got some rain. It was needed, it was appreciated, but, it wasn’t supposed to KEEP raining…through Labor Day weekend! Especially when our kids were coming up to join us….in tents!
No worries. The weather forecast called for a small shower chance on Friday night. Our plan was to head up the mountain before the kids arrived on Saturday and get things set up. Then they’d join us for a weekend of campfires and card games. We were okay with a little rain Friday night. We had a fun weekend to look forward to! I had been collecting camping books for Molly and had quite a collection put together for her! I couldn’t wait to wrap her in a blanket and read stories by candle light.
Saturday morning rolled around and it was still raining. What!? It was cold, it was foggy, it was typical Oregon (and after a California summer, we had apparently forgotten what Oregon could really be like). The kids arrived in a light mist, set up, and we sat around the campfire all day, staying warm and somewhat dry. We celebrated my birthday with beautiful cupcakes Lindsey made and ate warm soup and cheese bread. We sang songs, read books and chased after Molly well into the night. I really appreciated the time we had together, and the dampness didn’t get us down.
By Sunday, the light rain changed to steady rain, and by 3:00, one tent had collapsed (Scott got that tent on his 8th birthday, which is a pretty good run for a tent I suppose), all the sleeping bags and camping gear were drenched, and with our help, the kids packed up and headed back down the mountain.
We were sad to cut our little trip short by a day. It was the end of summer for us. Tuesday morning I head back to school to 27 eager fourth graders, and Scott will soon head back to school to begin his junior year at OSU. I really can’t think of a better way to say farewell to summer. Time spent with our family, even just one day, is a special gift, indeed!
Happy Birthday! Mine was on Sunday the 6th. Looks like a nice weekend! Camille
And your blog post is a special gift to us… what a wonderful way to celebrate family and life at the end of summer and the beginnings of school!
Happy Birthday Kim!
The pic of the campsite and the splashes of red was beautifully artistic! As a very newly retired Art Educator I could very much appreciate the gorgeous pics and your melancholy/excitement about the transition from summer to school year. We are about to get rolling in our 25 Cloud having sold the big house and moved up from 19 Bambi, for a long, long trip. Hubby is from Napa so we will journey across the USA TO THE WEST coast and campground recommendations are helpful😏