Our Crater Lake Vacation

The children asked for two vacations this summer. Crater Lake and the Redwoods. It’s been 12 years since we were at Crater Lake and Ben was only a few months old. We camped in a tent with a two year old and a baby. Eric had just graduated with his pre-med degree and we were super excited about heading to Kenya in a few months. We had NO idea of the adventures ahead of us! Ha!!

Now, twelve years later, 7 children- the youngest being three, and Eric having all his school behind him and a bonafide doctor, we were back. And oh, the fun to be had! We hiked and swam, (I had no idea they actually let you swim in the lake!) and drove around the rim. I love watching our boys get out in Gods amazing creation.  There is no holding them back! Everybody loves the water wherever we are. So a crystal, clear, blue, lake was a playground haven. It was hard to stop taking pictures. How do you capture the incredible awe-ness of God’s creation? I didn’t feel capable.

We camped in our trailer. It’s the best.  I seriously can’t image camping in a tent with our family at this stage in life. I know I’ve lived with nomadic people tribes with no electricity or running water, and survived, but I can’t imagine packing and unpacking for a tent camping trip. Our trailer makes life so easy. We grab some clothes and food and we are ready to go! We love camping together. We had fun burning marshmallows and making banana boats. (Not my favorite, but Eric and the children love them!) We stayed up late playing cards and explored everything around us. It was an awesome trip!

 photo IMG_1393_zpsf83237a8.jpg Burnt Marshmallow happiness photo IMG_1394_zps11eefe17.jpg Our view from the campground photo IMG_1397_zps002bffbb.jpg learning how to make banana boats photo IMG_1398_zps94a3aa95.jpg Wizard Island photo IMG_1407_zpsc51cced4.jpg  photo IMG_1415_zps6828f0a9.jpg  photo IMG_1419_zps5be810ff.jpg All 9 of us! photo IMG_1432_zpsc2206388.jpg  photo IMG_1440_zpse4ba427b.jpg Because we know how to have fun! photo IMG_1443_zpsd88f8bbd.jpg  photo IMG_1445_zps2723d9a1.jpg  photo IMG_1452_zpsba4ca4d1.jpg  photo IMG_1471_zpse5853355.jpg  photo IMG_1473_zpsd712ea0c.jpg  photo IMG_1481_zpsd2a1a6c2.jpg  photo IMG_1505_zps4af3a387.jpg  photo IMG_1513_zps4d030da3.jpg  photo IMG_1519_zps4c6b42cf.jpg  photo IMG_1523_zps9a00fc2c.jpg  photo IMG_1525_zps834474d1.jpg  photo IMG_1532_zps74fcaf22.jpg looking for crawdads photo IMG_1539_zps600a3dcc.jpg  photo IMG_1576_zps0bffe827.jpg  photo IMG_1564_zps42fb3949.jpg Hotness ;) photo IMG_1540_zps8a3bb950.jpg  photo IMG_1556_zps1c7e801b.jpg  photo IMG_1570_zps97752328.jpg  photo IMG_1585_zps58693864.jpg  photo IMG_1632_zps82ef9a8d.jpg  photo IMG_1655_zpsbcedde5e.jpg  photo IMG_1660_zps44ffb4a7.jpg  photo IMG_1663_zps4a388174.jpg  photo IMG_1678_zps550f4963.jpg  photo IMG_1687_zps12f3846a.jpg Crater Lake 2013 photo IMG_1694_zps5ba1ebbc.jpg 

 

About dazzlingingrace

Hmm.. I love Jesus. I love my husband, Eric. I love my 8 beautiful children. I loved living in California. I love sunshine and the beach. Shopping at farmers market and the little stores downtown where I can bargin for the best deal. I love to sew and make things. I love spending time with girlfriends encouraging each other. Date nights with Eric are fabulous. I love ballroom dancing with him. The smell of my new little baby and the miracle of their existance. I love italian food- or just about all of Italy for that matter. I love art- paintings on my wall that I know personally who painted them.
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2 Responses to Our Crater Lake Vacation

  1. Kelli says:

    Yes, packing and unpacking should be avoided if possible!!! Our life for a while…
    Looks like fun!

  2. Wow, those pictures are amazingly beautiful! Looks like an awesome time!

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