It was time for a vacation around our house last week. We have been working machines for the last few months and it was time to pack up and check out for a bit. We took to Lower Lewis River Falls with our favorite camping companions for our annual camping trip to enjoy the fire glow, camp meals, beautiful scenery, and of course fun & laughter. The weather was kind, the water was crisp, and the views were unforgettable.
I’ve been working. A lot. So has the Handsome. He managed to swing vacation this week which he deserved and needed so much. Knowing I couldn’t take a whole week off, I opted for a mini break from my hectic schedule.
We took to the woods for an overnight and midweek recharge and retreat. With such short notice and a very busy holiday weekend ahead of us, we stayed close to home and stayed at Millersylvania State Park. Staying mid week, we almost had the entire campground to ourselves. We had our girls in tow, so we didn’t take to the lake on the canoes/kayaks, but did managed to let them paddle near the shore for a bit. We love to camp. Our dogs love to camp. The smell of the forest is healing and refreshing. We had a great camp fire, chatted, and heard every bird in what seemed within a mile radius. It was the perfect way to slow down and catch up with each other.
It was time to pack up, power down, and go straight to the lake for me and one of my best friends. No husbands. No children (both human and canine). Just girls. We met on White Pass at Indian Creek Campground and spent the entire day fishing (and reading) at Clear Lake. It was a beautiful little blue paradise. Mt. Rainier was on my trail home, and I couldn’t resist a stop to take it all in. Even though only one fish was caught for the weekend, we both were able to unwind and reconnect. Such a relaxing little mini trip.
There is something therapeutic about gathering up two of your best friends, finding a camping spot, and spending the night. We all have very busy schedules with career, family, and life in general, so the ability to make a weekend work is a miracle. Coming from our triangular locations, we decided on Paradise Point State Park. It is a small Washington State Park on the Lewis River and right off from I-5. We stayed in the more primitive group of sites, packing in our comforts (and by comforts- I mean food…lots of camping fare). It was quiet, mellow, and exactly what we needed to get reconnected.
After what seemed like a Pacific Northwest Spring to last forever, we finally had an opportunity to get out of the Suburban Life and get back to Nature. After what seemed like a comedy gone awry-6 disappointing hours of searching for an open camp site in the Mt. St. Helens Area Gifford Pinchot National Forrest, we stumbled upon the gem that is Lake Merrill. It is a small day use area with 7 small pack in campsites. No motorized boats, fly fishing catch and release heaven. We got set up, managed to have our friends meet up and we had an excellent weekend of relaxation, laughs, and getting back to each other without being plugged in. It easily raised the question, “Why did we wait this long?”