The past few weeks have been busy, busy! We've helped my aunt and uncle move up here to the Methow Valley from the Prosser area, celebrated Journey's 7th Birthday, closed on a refinance of our home, enjoyed company from out of state for a week, hosted a family reunion here at our place, and celebrated my Nephew's 7th Birthday. It has been a very full and fulfilling Summer so far. Last Friday my sister offered to have the girls up for the night and all day Saturday. Wasn't that so sweet of her? We've hunkered down on a strict budget and have been following Davey Ramsey's plan... so we decided to grab a tent, pack VERY little and enjoy one of the many campgrounds up here in the gorgeous Methow Valley. Can't beat $8 a night!
There are SO many within a 30 mile drive from us, but we settled on Falls Creek Falls Campground. We were going for a very minimalist approach. There is a campfire burn ban in WA state right now, and we didn't want to pack a camp stove and a ton of groceries... so I tried to think of things I could bring that were prepped at home and wouldn't need reheated.
We're still eating Primal (very similar to Paleo) so I made us Ham roll ups for dinner Friday night (ham, lettuce, pickle and cream cheese) and we ate them by the Chewuch River. The wasps were more of an annoyance than mosquitoes (we had very few of those) so next time we will bring a fly swatter for the wasps!
After dinner we took our camp chairs down to the water and visited... without any interruptions from little people and it was soo nice. :)
We had a bigger tent but grabbed the small 2 person tent for ease of set-up. Problem was we werent super sure how our double stuffed air mattress as going to fit. We aired it up with the air pump that plugged into our cigarette lighter and then Jaydon managed to stuff it inside the tent where he aired it as much as he could with the foot pump. We werent able to fill it all the way because the tent just wasnt big enough. Because of this we had a very uncomfortable night of sleep, or no sleep.
It didnt help that it ended up being 10 degrees cooler than was expected. The temperature dropped down into the 50's that night and I had only brought light blankets.
Save for the fur one, but it just wasnt big enough for the both of us! :)
We did however have a nice view of the river from the tent.
After breakfast we hiked up to Falls Creek Falls!
It was a very nice easy trail, and the temperature was SO perfect next to the falls. I sat on a rock and put my feet in the water. It was sooo cold it made my feet ache. Talk about refreshing!
Jaydon is such a kid and had to climb that big rock, then he started walking out onto that branch and I about had a heart attack.
He assured me that the branch went back quite a ways and he knew it could support his weight. But STILL... I could just see him losing his balance. Anyhow... when we got back we both felt an iced mocha was super deserving. Oh! I forgot to explain how I handled our coffee situation! I made coffee at home and we brought it up in a thermos. One thermos with some decaf for Fri night, and another for coffee Saturday morning. Saturday morning's coffee wasnt steamy hot but it still did the trick. I didnt have any cold brew concentrate already brewed so I grabbed my french press and decided to use that. It worked out perfectly. I didnt need to worry about straining the coffee while away from home.
I just brought some half and half and a bottle of Torani white chocolate sauce (not primal but we splurged and used very little) and drank them by the river.
Something I will say about the Torani syrup is that it uses pure cane sugar and not High Fructose Corn syrup. I still have a big container of the Fontana chocolate sauce, but it has so much other junk in it that I've switched over to Torani. I've given up all refined sugar except for the Torani chocolate sauce I use in my mocha's... and I have even cut way back on the amount I am using. It is amazing how much our taste buds can change in regards to taste and sweetness when we cut it out. When we first started changing to a primal eating lifestyle I just didnt like the taste of pure maple syrup in my coffee. I can totally do it now... and it is all I use in my hot coffee. With the exception of some flavored liquid stevia! :)
All in all it was a very nice relaxing day! Us married people need to invest time into our relationships and sometimes that time gets bumped down in priority level, because life just gets busy. Something else I have been noticing lately, is that expectations rob us of SO much. Jaydon was going to be getting off early Friday and I had thought we would have quite a bit of time up there Friday afternoon. But he didn't get home as early as we had thought, packing and leaving the house took longer despite proclaiming to pack light... so I was feeling frustrated when things weren't going according to my expectations. I realized that my expectations were taking the joy in the overall experience. We were still getting away, and we were together so I had to remind myself to focus on the good. I'm pretty sure there is a new art print in the making with that life lesson, and coincidentally Rachel touched on the very same thing on her blog a few months back. Us momma's can learn a lot from each other.