I had magical memories of our 2017 Krause Springs trip.
I was wondering, even if a little bit, whether the magic I felt was the newness of camping with the popup. It was just an entirely different experience than any other vacation I had taken in my life and I was hoping that essence would still be there at Krause.
And it totally was. Even if this trip was different, it wasn’t any less amazing.
After a super smooth set up, we enjoyed our fairly standard first night meal when we don’t race the next day – hot dogs and veggie pasta salad, with an adult beverage this time because we could! Usually, the first night of camping means being good, because we have to swim, bike, run, or do all of the three the next day, and in this case, we had ZERO plans. However, our lack of sleep the night before limited it to just ONE and after the little fireworks show, we crawled in bed with our books and proceeded to sleep blissfully for 10 hours.
Wednesday was the fourth of July holiday proper, and we woke up to rain. We had a delicious breakfast of bean and cheese tacos, and I spent some time coloring, intending to get warmed up to paint later in the week. Then we took a walk to the butterfly garden. Zliten spent some time drawing and I ran around and photographed everything.
I wasn’t patient enough to get a picture of an actual butterfly or hummingbird, but I got some nice scenery before it started to POUR. We hung back in the camper and made some fairly epic campfire stew and read and relaxed watching the rain drip outside our open camper windows.
The persistent rain forced us to cook our first meal in the camper, and it actually worked out quite well. When you don’t have to deal with the wind on the stove, you get a nice even temperature.
We lucked out and got a break in the rain pretty much JUST for the fireworks setup and show. The rain had kept it cool and I’m sure there was less potential for fire hazards, so it worked out for everyone. So much BIG KABOOMS!
The fireworks shows here are just plain epic, and I had so much fun playing with my new camera’s fireworks mode. Zliten had to remind me to actually sit back and WATCH a bit instead of take pictures of every firework.
The next day, we slept until we couldn’t possibly stay in bed any longer, listening to the sounds of a light drizzle on the popup canvas. Once it cleared up, we had some breakfast and soon after, lunch because we were still hungry.
There was a lot of wonderful laziness on Thursday. I read and napped and read and jumped in the pool and then read a little more, but I did take a hike to get some pretty footage of the area around the tent camping areas.
Our one big food experiment was campfire pizza. It ended up a little burnt on the bottom, and it was more like a pizza inspired casserole, but all the delicious tastes were there. Would totally make again.
Later, we headed down to the falls.
I neglected to bring the strap for my camera this vacation, so I spent the entire time in the natural springs clutching my camera for dear life. I can report that I still have it! Success!
As the sun went down, I had to run around the campsite once again to see where the light was pretty and take more photos. These weren’t the best grounds for epic sunset photos, but I enjoyed watching them each evening!
We took it easy that night and went to bed early to be ready for adventures in the morning. But for that, you’ll need to skip to Part 2.
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