First Backpack of the Season

This past weekend we took our first backpacking trip of the summer. We headed east toward Cle Elum and went to a favorite early season backpacking spot but then saw 35 cars there! That is not our style so we drove another 30 miles hoping another spot would have a bit of breathing room. Turned out we were the only ones backpacking there and only ran into a few people hiking out from the day.

We hiked in about 2.5 miles into a basin with the late afternoon sun setting everything aglow. The last half mile Roslyn was a bit whiney but we endured. Then Joshua found us a great campsite by the creek and we started setting up. Roslyn was a very very big fan of the tent and a big game of peek-a-boo ensued.

Then we made some dinner, gathered wood for later and then took off for the summit to catch sunset. Plan was for Joshua to hike up the  heavy baby but she had other plans so me it was. Sweaty and leg muscles pulsing we arrived at the top. We could see Mt. Stuart perfectly lit up and some of the Enchantments peaking out. The view was stunning and we had it all to ourselves.

Then once we hiked back down we made a fire while Roslyn started to wear down. Then we hopped in the tent where she and I shared a mat and sleeping bag. Previously this didn't work out the best and I got no sleep but this time she slept next to me through the night!

Next morning we got up early, hiked, pit stopped near a creek with lots of water running over logs, finished the hike and stopped for brunch in our favorite spot in Roslyn.

Once home we showered and then headed off to finish the weekend celebrating a friend's birthday. Roslyn was the only girl and quite a bit younger than the other kids but she played in the sandbox, with chalk, at the water table, and did her darndest to follow climbing them up the playstructure.


Seattle Sunshine

This past weekend was sunny, hot, and beautiful. Roslyn has taken up a liking to biking, she asks for her helmet and reaches up to be put in her seat, so we biked to Greenlake with our swimsuits on. We weren't sure if she'd be into getting all wet but we hoped all the dunking her in cold lakes we did last summer would pay off. It did, she loved it. I'd swoosh her around in the water and dunk most of her body in and she kept signing more, more. 

After we finally convinced her to leave the water Joshua got an iced coffee and I got a fruit popsicle to share with Roslyn. Thinking oh she'll have a few tastes and I'll get most of it. Nope! Wrapper came off she jammed it into her mouth and never took it back out. She let it ooze down her face, her hands, I tried to lick it (while it was still in her mouth) and she started yelling at me and pushing me away. It was pretty cute.

We spent most of the weekend outside at the park or laying around in our backyard while Roslyn bounced or tackled us. But I also figured she was old enough to appreciate the secret passage through our wall so I cleared it out and showed it to her. She was so giddy. We'd holler from the other side and she'd start laughing and crawling through, Joshua and her just lounged around inside of it for awhile, and she'd hide in it from us when we chased her. So glad I cleared it out! Our own Harry potter baby spot!