Our First Family Camping Trip

Our First Family Camping Trip

We went camping on the Coast with best friends, Helen and Lee, and Mikey (the dog).

It was supposed to be for two nights, but at the last minute, we decided against going on our FIRST camping trip with the kids and arriving after dark.  We had practiced setting up the tent, so I wasn’t worried about that, but we did NOT want to risk having to work out the kinks with tired children.

Sooooo, we went on Saturday morning.

Annie and Molly have both been to the Coast on previous Oregon trips, but catching the first glimpse of the ocean is always fun!

We got the tent set up pretty quickly.  Molly was a huge help!




Meanwhile, Annie was playing with Instagram …


Phil horsed around with Zoe and Molly …


Then, we all went down the road to a marina, where we rented a boat …

The boat wasn’t big enough for all of us, so we had to take turns.  It was nothing fancy, just a small engine at the back of the boat.  Helen and Lee didn’t like driving it, so Phil offered.  Zoe was totally freaked out by the whole thing, so she refused to get in the boat.  While the rest of them explored the bay, Lee, Zoe, Mikey, and I drove to Manzanita.  The view was lovely.  The beach was lovely.  The ice cream was lovely.  The stores were lovely!  I really need to go back there!


I drove the boat for the second outing – leaving Phil and Zoe on shore.  They found a small restaurant and had a beer and tater tots.

We ended the day with pasta at the campsite, followed by popcorn and s’mores.  (and wine for the grownups)



Everyone settled in to sleep, cozy and sweet …

… to be continued!


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