I had great plans of doing some awesome blog posts about each of our camping trips this year. But this whole balancing act is proven more difficult than I anticipated. Oh well, such is life and we just need to keep moving on regardless, right?!
Every year we choose one new location and then our traditional location at Golden Ears Provincial Park. Our new location this year was Oregon! My husband Jon has been wanting to take this trip for years. However I have been either pregnant or with a newborn and was never up for a long trip like that. This year though I made sure that we went seeing how I am neither pregnant or caring for a newborn.
We stayed in Nehalem Bay which is about 30mins from Canon Beach by suggestion from my friend Louise over at Talk Nerdy to Me. The drive was brutal which was one of the major downfalls of the trip. I think if we ever visit that direction again we will split the drive up into two days and stay over night in a hotel.
The campsite was great and they keep the place extremely clean which was a huge bonus. The only down fall was we were a little ways from the washrooms and having a 3 year that seemed to need to “go potty” every 20 minutes was not the most fun. Thankfully we did bring our potty seat and used that from time to time. They have a great Junior Ranger program for ages 6 and up. Our kids weren’t quite there yet but we were still able to participate in the activity the one morning we actually found the time. Abigail was a little upset that she wouldn’t be able to get a booklet and badge just yet.
The beach at Nehalem was beautiful but extremely windy the day that we went. I hear it really is hit or miss. Other beaches that we visited were Short Sand which we really enjoyed and spent two of our days there. We also drove to the Tillamock Cheese Factory but Abigail got car sick on the way in and it kind of set the tone for the rest of the tour. And the man pushing my children just to get to the cheese samples. Almost took the dude out, but my husband gave me the eye.
|Abigail drew a picture of her and me!|
My one regret from the whole trip was not setting aside more time for Canon Beach. We spent about half an afternoon there which just so happened to be the hottest day and the only day I forgot to put sunscreen on! Gah! It was absolutely breath taking though. Hardly any wind, warm water and lots of play area. We just walked up and down the beach and let the kids run in and out of the water.
|Elizabeth was in glory!|
We were warned about the chilly mornings and nights but we had awesome weather when we were there. The mornings were a bit chilly but nothing to bad, same with the nights. It sprinkled a little bit each night but by the time morning came along it stopped and the clouds burned away by the afternoon.
|Abigail gained a love for climbing trees when we were there|
|The played “Captain Canada” every day at the amphitheater.|
|MEC had awesome camping packs this year for kids. They needed to earn badges. Abigail was sad she didn’t get the golden marshmallow this trip.|
Highlights of the trip: the scenery, just stunning! Short Sand beach, no fire ban, the doe that visited us each day, hanging out in our hammock, climbing trees and playing Captain Canada.
|She visited every day!|
Downfalls: The drive! Not enough time it seemed to see everything well.
Golden Ears Provincial Park was a whole new ball game. Since we have been 3 years in a row it is familiar not only to Jon and myself but for the kids as well. Almost feels like a second home. This makes the kids way more comfortable in their surroundings and they are more willing to go and explore on their own. We reserve the same spot each year. It is right by the washrooms, an amazing open natural play ground behind us (forest), and fairly close to the showers & little kids playground. The one down fall is the beach access is quite a walk but we found a system that worked way better this time around. Jon drives us all down to the access point with all our things then drives back to our camp site (there’s not parking there) and jogs back to us. Sounds complicated but it worked really well.
The down fall of camping in BC are the fire bans. Last year we had to struggle with a charcoal fire which was a challenge to say the least. This year we were able to borrow a propane fire pit and it was a life saver!
This camping trip also came at such a perfect time. It was about a week after our 2nd miscarriage and I almost did not want to go. I am so glad that I decided to. It was exactly what I needed to help start my healing emotionally. We woke up slowly each morning, Jon made tea for everyone. The kids drank tea and colored while I spent time with the Lord.
Other than our camping trips summer was pretty low key this year which was perfect. Next year we are thinking, Tofino! Jon would like to surf.
What were some of your highlights this summer? Comment below! Have any great suggestions for our new location next year?