This past labor day weekend Markel helped me check off one more item on my summer to do list! =) Mike and I went camping at Malibu State Park with friends and our little Lucy Bear. We went Sunday to Monday and beat out a lot of the holiday weekend traffic. There weren’t that many tents and it left us feeling like we were in a much more secluded spot.
I hadn’t been camping since I was little so this was a real treat!
Below, Mike is cutting fire wood for our bonfire at night! I think this was his first time doing this so he was really psyched.
our goodies. more food/snacks than we really needed for our 24 hour trip. lol
mike and i JUST got these tommy bahama chairs from costco and we LOVED them. They not only recline to be flat, but they fold up easy with lots of compartments and can be worn as a backpack! my only request when getting chairs was that they have the backpack wearing ability (so easy when you’re carrying other things in your hand). i can’t wait to use them at the beach, picnics, movies in the park and our future camping trips!
in the afternoon we went on a hike that was really pretty and tame. Since there weren’t a ton of visitors it was really nice to have some peace and quiet. <3
Lucy Bear isn’t used to so much walking/adventure. So we gave her breaks in the backpack or we carried her over the rockier/uphill terrain.
Can you see her displeased face? lol She was REALLY unhappy about the dirt b/c it made her sneeze and she hated laying on it. We called her a “city dog”. ^^ hehe
once we got to the watering hole, it was insane. SO MANY PEOPLE. These groups brought entire kitchens of stuff and looked like they were going to be there for the day. We couldn’t find a spot to even lay out so we just watched a for a few minutes and left. The boys wanted to jump off the cliffs with everyone else but the line was cray and the water looked dirty~ so they just dipped their feet in to cool off.
After the hike Ms. Lucy was very displeased. She couldn’t find a comfortable spot to hang out so we let her chill inside the tent. Only comfy blankets and warm conditions for our “city dog”. ^^ My old coworker bought her this adorable eddie bauer jacket and it was PERFECT for this trip. lucy got REALLY cold as soon as the sun was setting and once we put this baby on her she stopped shivering.
This is lucy hiding from the cold
our little bear all warm and bundled in the tent
for dinner we cooked chicken and made tacos. SO FREAKING DELICIOUS. The tacos were plain but totally hit the spot!
Our traveling buddies. =) Evan is mike’s bff from hs so it was really nice to spend the weekend together with their adorable baby girl, Olivia.
Some sunset/scenary pics
isn’t our tent adorbs? it was the perfect size for our little family of three. <3
after dinner we played bocci ball~ but the ground wasn’t very even so after three games everyone gave up.
our poor lucy bear hated the dirt so she stayed on this chair. she wanted to run around and smell everything but the dirt made her sneeze too much. it could be b/c she’s a tiny dog (4lbs) so her nose is much closer to the ground? i dunno…
while we made s’mores and hung out by the fire, our baby slept all wrapped up in a serape. poor thing, the half hike for her REALLY tuckered her out. even after we got back, for 48 hours straight she wasn’t the same.
this idea below i got from pinterest! we took lint from the dryer, stuffed it inside a toilet paper roll and then wrapped it in paper (we only had tissue paper…lol). It was SUCH great kindling! Mike was really skeptical but this baby burned pretty slowly and gave the wood next to it time to catch on fire. I only made one for this trip but I totally plan on make 3-4 for the next one!
For the evening, I set up a little S’mores station. I saw so many different ideas on pinterest of what kinds of s’mores could be made, so eeryone was able to make their own! I think the most popular were the oreo s’mores. YUMMMMMM
me making s’mores for people. mike and i had VERY different approaches to cooking the marshmallow just right~~ but in the end, i swear both were delic!
it’s so hard to see in this pic but there are hundreds of stars. it was SUCH a beautiful sight!
this entire trip was so relaxing and easy. lots of sitting, chatting, laughing…it was the perfect way to end our long weekend. i want to go camping at least 3 more times before christmas so if anyone wants to join, let me know! =) xo
Happy Wednesday Everyone!