The night before we were scheduled to leave, I was asked to sub on a softball team - my first time playing since before Grant was born. We turned the garage upside down looking for my softball gear and found it all, except my sliding shorts. Curt's logical input - "Just don't slide." I had every intention of following his advice until I got a good hit and decided to stretch it to a double. I slid safely into second base and tore up a huge chunk of my leg with the biggest road rash/strawberry/raspberry I've ever had in my entire softball career. (I've spent the last three weeks regretting it.)
|sweet, sick baby girl|
While I was reliving the glory days, Katie got stung by a bee, which wouldn't be a huge deal if she wasn't allergic to bee stings. By the next morning her arm was swollen to the size of the state of Kansas, itchy and hot to the touch. I was investigating Katie's arm when Paige stumbled down the stairs crying. She had a temperature of 103.5 and spent the next several hours laying listlessly on the couch. We decided to postpone our trip.
Saturday morning we re-evaluated. Paige's fever was gone, Katie's arm was feeling better, and my bottle of Advil promised to ward off the pain from the road rash. Armed and dangerous, we loaded the trailer with all our supplies and the van with all our kids (including Sarah) and headed to Lost Creek Campground. "Situated in the Old Maid Flat Geologic Area on the west side of Mt. Hood National Forest, this is a small campground (only 15 sites) at a 2600 foot elevation." Our site, B4, was a pack-in site. We parked in a small lot and hauled our gear about 1/4 of a mile to a huge, remote and private camp site. Backing to Lost Creek with hiking trails a stone's throw from our tent, it was perfect for our family.
|kitchen, living room and Sarah's tent|
The kids played in the woods while we set up camp: backpacking tent for Sarah and the big tent for our family. Sarah helped me set up the "kitchen" while Alli designed the "living room" around the camp fire ring. Once the Stilmot (what we call combined Stilp-Wilmot family outings) temporary home was established, we all explored the creek. The water was ice-cold and deep in spots. The crazy kids actually played in the water and the sane adults stayed on the shore and chucked rocks at targets. The flies were thick and highly annoying making it difficult to stay in one place for long, so we decided to take a hike.
|crazy Stilmot photo by the creek|
|family at viewpoint|
|kiddos at viewpoint|
|the hills are alive...|
The morning we were leaving, Sarah and the kids discovered two super cool forts in the woods just steps away from where we were camping. One was finished. The other needed some help. While we packed up our gear, the kids completed the second fort. It kept them contained to a small area and they were so proud of the finished product.
|wanna come in the fort?|
Here's our family on the road trip home. Fun was definitely had by all!