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!