Our September camping trip is my favorite time of year to camp! The entire mountain is all ours, the leaves are changing, the weather is crisp and smore's seem to taste yummier! We were able to spend 4 days up on Laberan this past week with all of the cousins!
David had a fun tradition that he wanted to implement into camping this year and for the years to follow and it goes something like this ... We sat all of the cousins down and told them a big, detailed exciting story about the tiny woodland elves that live in the forest and watch humans from the tree tops. They all have small squeaky voices just like the squirrels and the hop from tree to tree, stone to stone, log to log. When they bounce small bits of glitter fall from there tiny shoes and that's how you follow them to the magical elf tree! All of the kids soaked up the story and asked all day when we could go find the elf tree! I sprinkled glitter along a path way so they could follow the trail to the elf tree! It was fun making up the story as we went saying "ohh there is a lot of glitter on that stump they must have been dancing in the rain" or "they must have been using that small fallen tree as a bridge".
They finally found the elf tree decorated in Keebler cookies at the end! The little ones were all so excited wondering how the little elves made the cookies, where they were, if we could go on another hunt etc.
Cruz: Is my name up there?
David: Yup, we carved Cruz
Cruz: But my name is CruzDClay.com dad!
One morning I had a great idea to build a fort for all of the kids to play in! We woke up and ate breakfast, loaded up the kids and headed out in the truck to find lots of wood! We found a big pile of perfect branches and logs and loaded up the back of the truck thinking it would be enough. We had to go back 4 times. The kids loved playing in it together, it was sturdy and safe and kept the rain out the entire weekend! Trenton and David built most of the fort, Misty helped and the kids helped haul branches.
One of the nights we all piled in the back of Kyle's truck with lots of blankets and went spot lighting! We saw lots and deer, elk + an elk with a HUGE rack! It was so cold but so much fun to see the star lit sky and to see the excitement from the kids being piled in the back of the truck! This year's camping trip was amazing!