Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday Camping Trip

It's Outdoor Wednesday with Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer so please pay her a visit to see more fun alfresco style. Last weekend, our family went on our first camping trip for the summer to a nearby county park called Hurkey Creek. It's located near Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains. I thought I'd snap some pictures of the terrain as we head east of Temecula and pass through some California desert.

This is me and my littlest one at the beginning of our trip. Oh how cool and comfortable I felt. But after a couple of days of hundred degree heat, no electricity or running water, I neither looked nor felt the way I did in this picture!

I'm not a big desert fan. Just a bunch of rocks and dirt. Where are the trees?

There they are. We are now passing through Garner Valley. A very pretty area with a lot of horse ranches.

Yay, more trees!

Here's a glimpse of Lake Hemet. Fishing is good here. My 6 year old caught a catfish and a trout.

Some cattle on my side of the road.

Hurray, we're here!
I just love to see tents being pitched among pine trees.
Now you may wonder how a family of 11 plus 2 dogs and 2 puppies go camping. Let me show you. Well, here's the main house.
And here's the room addition.

Here are my cousins relaxing after a couple of hours of mountain biking.

I came prepared to keep the little ones cool.

Even the 2 year olds are on relaxation mode.

Lots of creepy crawlies like this one. Doesn't it look prehistoric? Oh the joys of camping!

Now, this is my definition of relaxation. You know me, I love my tea, so even in the wilderness I come prepared! A cup of chocolate mint tea with a brownie. Ahhhh... Sure, its on a paper plate and my mug is not bone china, but hey, I'm roughin'it!

Hope you enjoyed our camp out. Happy Outdoor Wednesday and Happy Trails!!

Till next time,


Ebie said...

I asked the same question, too. I am glad you showed us a photo of the HUGE camper. I enjoyed my cyber trip! Have a great 4th!

Allidink said...

Oh my gosh how fun! I love motorhome trips we have one and never use it anymore :( Oh memories LOL. I love that you bring your doggies!

All the best,

Anonymous said...

Some trailer you have and it looks so much to gather 'round. Even the dogs get to go camping. Nice! :-)

Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

Hootin' Anni said...

Personally, at my age, 'roughing it' is going into a motel/hotel for a room without a reservation. I've had these camping trips many times....but they're for the 'young'. LOLOLOL

I truly enjoyed the drive through the countryside tho!!!! Beautiful scenery.

My Wordful/Outdoor Wednesday is all about something that was 'taken from our yard'. But at our request. Happy Wednesday to you.

Crystal said...

Hey Lorna,
You have the kind of RV my mother has and we have the pop up. I don't know about you, but after camping it takes me a few days to catch up on things. We got back from our trip on Monday, so I am still in catch up mode.
Thanks for sharing your camping trip. What great scenery. Plus, it is great to be with family.
Thanks for stopping by to visit me and being a follower.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This brings back memories of when my children were small and we camped. Haven't camped in years.

Fun post!

Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

Blue Creek Home said...

You guys look like you're having a great time! What fun.

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

going camping with a blog friend (vertually)is much better to me than actually having to rough it in the outdoors.

But i have been told its a great place to make family memories. :)

TTFN ~~claudia ♥

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing your camping trip. I have never been a camper. Went a couple of times many years ago, and decided my idea of camping is a clean, safe motel room, with good, inexpensive food close by. :-)

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Looks like you all had a great time. Thanks for sharing.


Marie said...

Hi Lorna- I'm not much into camping either but you made it look so much fun! Your kids are beautiful...and as you know, Filipino families are always huge so I can see how you fit 11 in there ;)

stefanie said...

making lasting memories, the best!!! happy ow

Mary @ Framed and Tagged said...

You brought back memories of when I was younger and we took our kids camping...You are building many happy memories for your kids.
Enjoy that big camper and those children...the years go by in a flash.
Happy OW!

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Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

What a great time for you and your beautiful family! (Even the pups got to go along~ so cute. :)) Thank you for sharing. xo~m.

ellen b. said...

Hi Lorna! Now that's my kind of camping with a room off the ground! Happy O.W. to you!!

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

You're a braver woman than I am. I am so NOT into camping. Not even the delicious brownie could tempt me. LOL. But it sure looks like you and your family had a great time. :)

Michelle said...

Looks like a lot of family fun and wonderful memories being created. Nice to just get away from the every day grind once in a while. Although those heat temperatures...not too sure it' for me. Have a great OW.

Regina said...

What a nice family adventures. Wonderful post.

Dawn said...

Those little ones kicking back are just too cute. Reminds me of camping with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in Yosemite when I was young.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Wow! How brave you are to take all of your children camping! It looks like they are having a blast thanks to all of your advance preparation. I want to know how long it took you to get the r.v. and pop up loaded for travel! Have a wonderful holiday weekend. laurie

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