Monday, July 6, 2015


During our summer break we went up the coast through Oregon and Washington, stopping where we loved it to camp (some nights we spent in hotels as well, especially when we were in need of a refreshing shower). We love camping, I love sleeping in a tent with just nature around me. That's why we tend to go to more primitive campgrounds and avoid the big RV places.

This time was different than all the other times we went camping - Kaefer wasn't with us. She had left for Germany where she spent a bit more than two weeks with friends of us, going to school and generally enjoying life. It was a very new experience going on vacation without her. While we missed her goofiness, it also had its perks - for example we could photograph as long and much as we wanted without her getting bored.

We always have our special morning latte with foam on top!

I usually started the day writing morning pages and enjoying the fresh morning air.

While the rest of Oregon and Washington was pretty warm and even hot, it was way cooler at the coast. We had some pretty heavy winds and all the light clothes stayed in the bag - it was jeans and sweaters.

We cuddled around the campfire in the morning and the evening, often wrapped in blankets which still smell of smoke even though they had their turn in the washing machine.

I even enjoyed doing the dishes!

We cooked on our tiny camping cooker and I always sent the Geek to fetch more water in our Nalgene bottles. We needed it for everything - cooking, making coffee in the morning and hot chocolate in the evening, doing the dishes, brushing our teeth...

In our campsite in the Oregon Dunes we had very special visitors who were extremely interested in our food - no, we didn't give them anything.

Camping is the way to go for me. I hope we still do it when we're much older - perhaps not in a tent anymore, but a VW camping van. That's my dream.


GreenComotion said...

Cool post about camping; with a REI tent just like mine, lovely coffee, wood fire, handsome squirrel and most importantly handwritten text (journal, in this case) in Deutsche.
Nicely done!
Have a Wonderful Day!
Peace :)

Elephant's Child said...

It looks fabulous. Growing up we too camped. Often. If there was another car it was toooo crowded for my father and we moved. No facilities.
I didn't like it then, but am not at all sorry that we did it. And may give it another test sometime.

Mike@Bit About Britain said...

Looks fun - and there's some great photos there. Must admit, though, I'm far too lazy for camping at my time of life..! The flexibility of a camper van appeals, however.

Unknown said...

Hallo Carola, willkommen zurück
aus dem Urlaub :)
Da hätte ich auch gern mitgemacht,
ich liebe Camping auch sehr.
Und die Besucher sind süß :))

Liebe Grüße
Tinna ✐

Felicia said...

Well I'm glad you had a wonderful time on your summer break. I was just thinking of you the other day and wondered why you hadn't posted for awhile.

Seems it was me that was missing your posts'....sigh, such is life for me.

windrock studio said...

Such awesome images that you've shared ... loved seeing your morning pages and warm fire, the cute critters and your handsome hubby!
Bet the next time that sweet girl will be back with you and you all will be enjoying more great adventure ~

Anonymous said...

Looks like a wonderful trip! We used to camp a lot when the children were small, but it's been years since I've done it. Great photos! Your lattes look very luxurious for a camp beverage. :-)

Pamela Gordon said...

I'm afraid camping is not my thing for a long time. I camped as a young women with my girlfriends and we had such fun. We even bought a tent together, chipping in a third of the money. It was the canvas kind with metal poles and was difficult to put up the first time or two. We did some tenting as a family after we had our kids too but that didn't go well and that was that. LOL I love your photos and am happy that you enjoy camping so much. The last photo is wonderful! Me, I like motels. :)

Barb said...

Your camping vacation looks like it was fun, Carola. I'd rather have it cool than too hot. Your photos make me feel as though I was there.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Welcome back!
Those squirrel photos are do crisp

Jeanne said...

No place better to be than out in the woods camping! What fun!