The Long Ride Home

I went to Leavenworth, Washington on a camping trip with some friends in July. Not a huge fan of camping, I toughed it out for a few days before deciding to leave early – but that meant hitching a ride back with friends who had….gulp…children. Kids terrify me. They’re too honest, ask too many questions, and bounce around too much. So, I had to weigh the options – one more night with a back-ache and using a communal shower or get jostled around by young kids on a three-hour drive over the mountains so I could sleep in my own bed?

I chose the latter. And I survived! Actually, this sweet little girl entertained us with stories and took an interest in my camera before passing out in her car seat. I meant to email her dad all of the photos and blog about it but completely forgot until I happened to look through my files yesterday. These are a couple of the shots I really liked from that long ride home.

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3 Replies to “The Long Ride Home”

  1. Beautiful photos! As a teacher I’ve learned that most kids rise to the occasion, they love having a new audience, and they’re always good for a laugh or surprise. I don’t know about being trapped in the car though….. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  2. Wellll….to be honest, John, my camping experience was in an air-conditioned cabin. The cot I was sleeping on gave me a back ache. I’m such a princess. I don’t belong in the wilderness. lol. But, I think a motor home would indeed qualify as camping if you ever decide to give that a try. I don’t blame you for not wanting to sleep in a tent in CO. You have bears, right??

  3. Lovely photos! Beautiful little girl.

    Like you, I’m not a fan of kids. Of course, I’m not a fan of too many adults, either. Sounds like you lucked out in having such an enjoyable child to accompany you home.

    Here in Colorado, with the mountains being so very close, camping is a Big Deal. I’m 46, and have lived here my entire life. I have yet to go camping. Every now and then, when someone around me is talking about it, I think that maybe I should give it a try. Then I recall all the camping horror stories (practically everyone in CO has at least one), and I’m again resolute to never camp. Maybe, if I had a nice, Winnebago, I might give it a try. I’m told, though, that motor homes is NOT camping.

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