For Labor Day in Portland, we did what a vast number of Pacific North-Westerners do and went camping. Thanks to a friendly post over at Good Stuff NW we decided to try out Trout Creek in the Willamette National Forest.
We were very pleased with our choice. We had a nice big site with easy creek access, close to the bathrooms & close to the water pumps.
Trout Creek campground is located about 20 miles east of Sweet Home - far enough away from civilization that you feel like you're off the grid (umm.. no cell reception!) but close enough to a town that when you run out of beer and milk you can run to Safeway and back within an hour or so.
Everyone had a great time. Drew enjoyed mucking about in the sand and dirt, Zoey enjoyed jumping around in the creek (also mucking about in the sand and dirt), Mom & Dad enjoyed stolen moments of peace and quiet around the campfire at night. Our good friend, Kaija & her frenchie, Dash, joined in the festivities as well.
Below are just a spattering of pictures from our weekend.
We highly recommend Trout Creek for anyone looking for a good family camp ground in the PDX area. However, I am keeping our site number top secret so it doesn't all-of-a-sudden become the most popular. Sorry, guys... have to protect treasures!
|Drew.. dressed by his dad.. checking out the creek.|
|Zoey - swimming like a champ!|
|Drew and Zo|
|Drew in the creek|
|Drew & Dad|
|Not sure if you can see Drew in this picture since he is wearing 2 different camo |
prints - he blends in pretty well.
|More cute Drew & Dad. Dad was explaining that Drew needed to|
take the rocks slow & carefully since they can be super slippery. Drew did pretty well!
|Kaija & Dashy|
|Someone came before us & put up these cool cairns.|
I'm hoping they really weren't using them to mark their path since Drew
immediately knocked them down.
|My camp banner!|
|Open-Flame Cooking Champ: Dad!|
|Kaija & Drew posing for Instagram selfies - they turned out really cute|
|My selfie - just to prove I was there|
|Drew's version of a silly face|
(we have some work to do on this!)
|Zo & Dashy had a great time playing|